How to Make a Chicken Wire and Moss Toadstool

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful chicken wire sculpture shaped into a moss and succulent toadstool.

Readers who follow us on Instagram will know that we have seen lots of amazing garden sculptures recently. First, during our visit to the wonderful Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, where both the formal and woodland gardens are home to some wonderful pieces, and since, at the incredible Elemental Sculpture Park, Somerford Keynes. 

Both visits have really inspired us to try our hand at making some sculpture for our own garden. We started with a chicken wire sculpture shaped into a toadstool and filled with moss. Our moss and succulent toadstool looks gorgeous and turned out to be really simple to make.

 

Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire, Moss and Succulent Toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture.

 

How to Make a Chicken Wire and Moss Toadstool

To start, fold an old piece of chicken wire into four to make a square. Then wrap it around a bowl to give a rough shape of a toadstool cap.

Even though you will have to open the wire up again to remove the bowl, I think it still really helps to get the basic form for your chicken wire sculpture.

 

Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire, Moss and Succulent Toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture.
 
 
Fill the wire form with fresh or dried moss or other nature materials from your garden. 
 
Please note: Many species of moss are protected in the UK so I  recommend that you only collect it with the landowner’s permission, and in a way which is sensitive to the environment.
 
 
Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire, Moss and Succulent Toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture.
 

Once the chicken wire form is filled with moss, fold the wire in, underneath, to hold the moss in place.

Use a pencil to make little planting holes, and plant tiny succulents straight into the top.

 

Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire, Moss and Succulent Toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture.

 

To make the stem for the moss toadstool, use another piece of chicken wire. This time fold the wire in half, and then roll it up into a tube, lining the final third with a little more moss. 

 

Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire, Moss and Succulent Toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture.

 
Use bamboo canes to secure this to the ground, and to help secure the top to the stem.
 

Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire, Moss and Succulent Toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture.

 

From start to finish, our chicken wire sculpture only took about half an hour to complete. It is super easy to make, and really does look fabulous. I plan to move it to a more shaded area of the garden, and hope that it will continue to grow and develop over time.

 

Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire, Moss and Succulent Toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture.

 

For more garden craft inspiration check out our Concrete Hand Sculptures, our Garden Art made from succulents and our cute Succulent Hedgehog Planter.

And for more living sculpture ideas take a look at the amazing Willow Wand which is another beautiful piece of living art.

 

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56 comments

Jennifer Basham June 5, 2019 - 5:03 pm

Im gonna try it.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 12, 2019 - 8:01 pm

So please Jennifer – would love to see a photo when you do 🙂

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Valerie January 22, 2019 - 8:11 pm

I adore this project and can’t wait to try it out this summer.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 22, 2019 - 10:28 pm

Thank you for your kind comment Valerie 🙂

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