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« on: December 23, 2010 08:09:06 AM »

Ah Miscellaneous Topics my favorite location and home of all the awesome crafts. I have been wanting to post about this project for awhile but since the wife frequents these halls I could not let her catch a glimpse of her present. I had a lot of fun working on this and think it is some of my best work to date, hope you enjoy it as well.

My wife loves mushroom houses but I wanted to make something she could use as well and not just look at on a shelf so I came up with this idea. It has a 24" diameter top, and a 15" diameter base. it is about 2 feet tall and has a working door, and a flickering yellow LED light behind the window.

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Full Base


Close up of base


Close up of door.


Door open


Close up window


Window light on


Happy wife


Thank you and I hope you all enjoyed it.


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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2010 08:16:42 AM »

Extremely cool! Lucky wife!
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2010 08:22:04 AM »

This is undoubtedly one of the best projects I have ever seen. You, sir, have won the craftverse. (I wanted to put "internets", but it seemed out of context somehow) I want one. Or at least I would want one if I didn't know my cats would eat everything on it, including the door.
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2010 08:30:15 AM »

I want a toadstool to sit on! Fantabulous!
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2010 08:54:48 AM »

ugh i second the PP, I want one too.. I love toadstools, and in your wife's case, a literal stool..lol..
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2010 09:05:06 AM »

I agree with the sentiment that function is just as important as form .... I've too many dust collectors myself, and have asked not to receive any more - you did such an awesome job on the stool! I like the door Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2010 09:43:50 AM »

A wonderful toadstool - but more importantly a wonderful husband for creating such a thoughtful gift - who could ask for more than that?
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2010 10:36:58 AM »

I love it!
Especially the details at the bottom. The little door, the stones, the moss, the plants, the butterflies.
And it is functional too. Great!
Happy Holidays!
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2010 11:34:53 AM »

I love this!  I want one!  LOL
Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2010 11:49:35 AM »

I absolutely love this stool!  My late husband introduced me to Gnomes and all that goes with it, when he took me to Rock City TN. I want to take my 40 or 50 Gnomes and create a scene in the yard next summer. Something like this would be a great beginning item.

I am sure your wife is going to love it!!
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2010 01:43:57 PM »

This is awesome! What a wonderful gift!
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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2010 08:48:47 PM »

the only thing there is to say is that it is......absolutely WONDERFUL!.....
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2010 11:54:10 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2010 12:32:40 PM »

The gnome looks surprised. Was he about to have a shower?  Cheesy

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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2010 04:42:13 PM »

LOVE this!  Did you make it from scratch or alter a stool?
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2010 06:02:01 PM »

Thank you all, Like I said I loved making this and my wife loves it as well, and yes my cats want to eat it too so she locks it in the office.
LOVE this!  Did you make it from scratch or alter a stool?
I made the stool from scratch, I took pictures of the progress and how I made it if anybody wanted me to post a tutorial.
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« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2010 01:14:47 PM »

This is brilliant!! I really like the little details like the butterflies and the illuminated window. How on earth did you keep it hidden?

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« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2010 05:10:48 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2010 06:10:51 PM »

omg this looks AWESOME!!  Grin
would you mind telling me where you got the materials from?  The moss looks just so real... but it's not real is it?
Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2010 06:31:23 PM »

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« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2010 06:44:12 AM »

It is so beautiful - I want to make one! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: December 26, 2010 12:41:39 PM »

Joe - that's awesome!  I just clicked on it from the front page because it was a mushroom house and I started scrolling down thinking that this is very cool.  Then all of the sudden...  there's Danni!  lol.  Danni is lucky.  That's one very awesomely amazing toadstool! Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: December 26, 2010 04:59:22 PM »

I just adore this project.  Thank you for sharing so many images.
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« Reply #23 on: December 26, 2010 09:02:47 PM »

Since some people have wanted to make this I am posting a tutorial for making this.

To make this you will need:

1) 1 Log (mine was 8" wide and about 16" tall)
2) 2' x 2' 5/8ths Pine Plywood (x2)
3) 3" Lag bolts and washers (x8)
4) 1 yard thick fabric (I used red denim)
5) About 1/2 a yard of a lighter color (I used a tan color for the underside)
6) 1/8" piece of balsa wood.
7) Floral Tape
8 ) Small piece of Plexiglas
9) LED Flickering candle
10) Extra wiring
11) Brass nails
12) Poly-fill
13) Decorative pieces (Stones, Moss, Butterflies, etc.)
14) Paint
15) Stain
16) Polyurethane

Tools you will need:

1) Drill
2) Hole Saw bits
3) Forstner Bits
4) Chisels
5) Utility Knife
6) Staple Gun
7) Soldering gun
8 ) Chop Saw or Chain Saw
9) Jigsaw
10) Dremel
11) Gorilla Glue (expanding white glue kind)
12) Epoxy (or E-6000)

So here we go.

1) Start with a log, Cut the log down to the correct size and make it flat on both ends.


2) Use a jigsaw to cut out the seat and base. I made my seat diameter 24" and the base diameter 15"


3) I sealed the top and bottom of the log with polyurethane to prevent any bugs or cracking from happening.


4) I used my hole saw to make two deep cuts hole cuts into the log, 1 for the door, 1 for the window.


5) Using a chisel I chiseled out the wood inside the cuts.


6) I used the forstner bits to make a recessed area for the Lag bolts heads then used a regular drill bit to make a pilot hole for the bolts and attached the base and seat.


7) Using the Plexiglas and stained balsa wood I made a window for the top hole.


8 ) Using a scrap piece of Luann I used the hole saw to cut out a door for the lower hole. And then I used brass nails to outline the door and the utility knife to cut out groves to make the different "Boards" of the door. I also used the cut off wheel of my Dremel to cut off the nail tips.


9) I took a flickering LED Candle, disassembled the board, and re-attached longer wires.


10) I then drilled through the log and then ran the wires through it. I then put three posts in the whole and attached the window (with some issue paper behind it) with epoxy.


11) I attached the door with a hinge.


12) Using the staple gun I upholstered the seat with the red denim, and stuffed it with the Poly-fill. In retrospect I should have used quilting bating to wrap around the seat to soften the edge, but hindsight is 20/20.


13) To hide the wire I used floral tape and Ivy.



14) Using the tan fabric and the staple gun I attached the ruffle underneath the seat, Sorry no picture.

14) Add Moss, and rocks, and butterflies with epoxy to your liking


15) I used the balsa wood to make an eave to go over the window, and then stained it and glued it in place


16) I painted a gnome inside the door to finish it off.


And that is how you make a toadstool stool. If you have any other questions go ahead and ask.
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« Reply #24 on: December 27, 2010 01:44:16 AM »

This is so amazing! I love the way the wood looks. It's hard to explain but you did an awesome job.
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« Reply #25 on: December 27, 2010 05:25:31 AM »

This is fantastic! I love the details. Danni is one lucky lady to have such an awesome hubby who made an awesome stool!
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« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2010 09:33:21 AM »

So cool!  That is one awesome gift!
Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!
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« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2010 10:17:19 AM »

Incredibly cool! What a lucky wife to get such a nice gift!
(my favorite part is where the door is open and we see a gnome inside! Cute!)
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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2010 07:44:05 AM »

I can tell you all that it's super comfy to sit on, I've been using it when I work on art at my desk. Cheesy

And yes, I really am one lucky and super happy toadstool recipient! Wink
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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2011 03:01:30 AM »

Fantastic! So many wonderful little details!
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« Reply #30 on: January 02, 2011 03:20:43 PM »

This was cool before I even realized it was a seat.  It's like 100X cooler now!
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« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2011 03:43:54 PM »

Thanks everyone, Sorry for the late response I have been really busy with work.  Grin It is that time of the year in the electronics industry.
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« Reply #32 on: January 24, 2011 08:06:39 AM »

WOW This is SO COOL! You did a great job on all the details. I like that you added moss and stones. And the little gnome...hhahaha
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« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2011 11:01:35 AM »

Great job.  It looks really neat.
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« Reply #34 on: January 24, 2011 06:52:42 PM »

awesome awesome awesome! is a matching table next?
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« Reply #35 on: January 27, 2011 01:22:23 AM »

now how cool is that?! you are a wonderful hubby to make something like that. love the detail
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« Reply #36 on: January 27, 2011 08:39:20 AM »

This is sooo neat! I showed my hubby and told him that if he loved me he'd make me things like this Wink Yes, I know... I'm evil lol! But, alas.. he is not very crafty.
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« Reply #38 on: February 04, 2011 12:07:38 AM »

This. Is. Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. The little details are what makes this shine. The door? Adorable. The eave for the little window? Fabulous. And the little gnome? I can hear him say 'Lady, I'm not gonna tells ya again, git off ma house!' Perfect.
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« Reply #39 on: February 04, 2011 03:26:10 PM »

That is such a cool project! Decorative AND useful!
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« Reply #40 on: February 05, 2011 02:40:24 PM »

Thanks everyone. I have been really busy at work so have not had any time to reply to anyone. I do have plans to make some more furniture to go along with the toadstool. As for figurines I wanted to add little fairies around the base, hiding in the moss etc. but I ran out of time. I can also see the gnome yelling as her to stop sitting on his house Grin
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Too awesome, you really are astoundingly clever!  Fantastic job, look forward to seeing more of your furniture to go with it!
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« Reply #43 on: February 07, 2011 10:52:43 AM »

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