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