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.

 

Check out our easy step by step instructions to make a wonderful Chicken wire sculpture made into a moss and succulent toadstool - a beautiful living garden sculpture. #GardenDecor #LivingArt #FairyToadstool #FairyWoodland #FairyGarden #MossCrafts #ChickenWireSculpture

 

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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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Ann July 2, 2017 - 10:45 am

I wonder if you occasionally spray it with a slightly watered down buttermilk solution as I have heard it helps moss grown on objects that would perk it up and help it grown during dry,spells? It looks lovely and I would like to try something a little smaller as I live in a condo with a small garden patch just outside my patio. Lovely.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 5, 2017 - 9:33 pm

Thanks for the tip Ann. I have heard of spraying it on pots to encourage lichen to grow but not thought of applying it directly to moss – I’ll have to try it out!

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Rhonda October 27, 2016 - 12:59 pm

This is so cute and so “British” – I went to visit back in the early 80’s and fell in love with all things “Britain” especially the gardens and woodland areas. Wish I had the money to come back.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 3, 2016 - 10:23 am

You are so right Rhonda 🙂 I love the ‘greeness’ of our countryside – I always miss it of I visit another country!

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yvonne September 12, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Wow this is so creative! I love it! Out of interest how did you get on with it over the summer?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 20, 2016 - 2:27 pm

The moss has browned in some places, but the succulents are still alive so I think it’ll green up again over the winter 🙂

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Debbie Hoops December 22, 2016 - 6:38 pm

When it begins to dry….mix green food coloring with water…put in spray bottle…and squirt away! I do this annually to some of my moss creations!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 30, 2016 - 5:07 pm

That’s a fab idea Debbie, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing it with us x

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Mary-the boondocks blog May 26, 2016 - 12:28 am

Sarah this is really cute. I have never seen anything like it before and certainly wouldn’t know how to make one if you hadn’t shown us. They make a lovely addition to any garden. Thanks for providing us with some sweet inspiration.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 30, 2016 - 12:14 am

Thank you Mary, it really was a simple make (which are always the best sort!) got a few other ideas to try when I get a spare few minutes 🙂

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Me, You and Magoo May 21, 2016 - 7:18 pm

I’ve never seen this idea before, looks really effective! Hope it stays lovely & green over the Summer 🙂 #trash2treasure

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 24, 2016 - 2:16 pm

Thanks, we were really pleased with how it turned out – we might try some animals next 🙂

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Fiona Cambouropoulos May 10, 2016 - 4:42 pm

Sarah this is brilliant, how fab would this look in my fairy gardens? I wonder what will happen to the moss over time? Will it shrivel or hold it’s shape and brown, do share what happens to it over the summer. It looks amazing right now and ready for minibeasts and fairies to play. Thank you for sharing on #Trash2Treasure. Is that my badge gone squiffy at the top?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 11, 2016 - 11:06 am

Apologies about the badge – no idea what happened there. Would be gorgeous in your fairy gardens – will let you know how it fares over the summer. Jenny suggested making caves which would be great as well, so am going to make some of them next x

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Fiona Cambouropoulos May 11, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Yes caves is fun too, stick person’s tea party inside. The ideas are endless!

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton May 9, 2016 - 3:57 pm

You do the coolest projects with the kids, I love this! I’ve never seen anything like it before and love that you can do it yourself with a few supplies. Yours is shaped really cool and I love that it’s sitting in the middle of the bluebells. What a fun project! It turned out great.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 11, 2016 - 11:01 am

Thanks Nikki, I have a thing about moss so I love it – do you get much moss over in your part of the States?

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Jenny - Monkey and Mouse May 7, 2016 - 11:46 pm

Aww, this is so cool! You could easily make a little house for the kids to play in with their toys, or even a cave?! Love how well your mushroom turned out! Thanks for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 11, 2016 - 10:52 am

A cave is a brilliant idea, it might be something that the wildlife would enjoy too – I’m going to try that next. Thanks Jenny x

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Shaz Goodwin May 5, 2016 - 9:11 pm

I love this Sarah. I have a shady place at the bottom of the garden where something like this would be perfect.
#Trash2Treasure

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 6, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Would love to see a photo if you try it Shaz 🙂

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Shaz Goodwin May 11, 2016 - 5:19 pm

If it comes off I will Sarah 😀

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Cliona May 4, 2016 - 9:20 pm

Oh this is gorgeous! What a lovely idea, I might try this myself. It’s great that you mentioned being careful about the moss too, I don’t think people always realise that it can take some time to grow and should be protected.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 6, 2016 - 10:05 pm

People can be really thoughtless about what they pick and where from. Although we do forage we are really mindful about protecting our wonderful environment. Let me know if you try it Cliona 🙂

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Cal at Family Makes May 2, 2016 - 11:30 pm

Wow this is awe-inspiring! I can’t believe it only took you about half an hour. My son has something of an obsession with chicken wire sculptures at the moment (don’t ask – I blame CBBC!), but he’d love to try this I’m sure. Thanks for sharing on #HowToSunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 6, 2016 - 10:01 pm

Tell your son if he sends us photos of his sculptures we will put them up on the blog, and let us know if he tries our toadstool 🙂

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Dean of Little Steps May 1, 2016 - 11:37 am

Love that toadstool sculpture! Would like to do something like this, but I’m afraid it won’t be anything like yours 🙁

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 6, 2016 - 9:55 pm

Honestly Dean it was really simple to make – yours would be great, just try it and see:)

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DannyUK.com April 30, 2016 - 4:02 pm

This is brilliant, you really have a skill there!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 1, 2016 - 11:20 am

Thanks Danny, we’re really pleased with how it turned out 🙂

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Random Musings April 29, 2016 - 4:42 pm

This is fantastic, and sounds much easier to make than I thought it would be! I’d love to give this a go one day
Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
Debbie

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 1, 2016 - 11:14 am

It really was easy to make Debbie, let us know if you give it a go 🙂

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Agent Spitback April 29, 2016 - 1:20 pm

You are so creative! Looks gorgeous! I wouldn’t have thought of using chicken wire. Thanks for sharing with #PasstheSauce

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 1, 2016 - 11:12 am

Thank you. Chicken wire is brilliant as its so easy to shape. Thanks for having us x

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Honest Mum April 28, 2016 - 10:28 pm

So magically beautiful, love it!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 1, 2016 - 11:11 am

Thank you, there’s something really special about moss isn’t there?

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Erin | A Welder's Wife April 28, 2016 - 4:43 pm

I love this idea! I never thought about using chicken wire and miss as yard decor! Thanks for sharing this!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 1, 2016 - 11:07 am

Thanks Erin, I’ve thinking about what other shapes I could make now – maybe a cute little hedgehog 🙂

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Sarah April 28, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Awe!! So cute… this would look so cute at my house.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 1, 2016 - 11:06 am

It really was easy to make Sarah, you should give it a go 🙂

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Emma | Creative Explorations April 28, 2016 - 2:59 am

How quaint and beautiful looking this is…and so much easier to make than I would have thought! It looks like it stepped right out of Alice in Wonderland, and would be inhabited by all manner of gnomes and faeries.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 28, 2016 - 2:51 pm

We have left room inside in case the faeries want to move in – my daughter was most insistent about that 🙂

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Justine Y @ Little Dove April 28, 2016 - 12:53 am

What a fun idea! We just spent all of last weekend in the garden and something like this would have been so fun to do! My kids would love it. 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 28, 2016 - 2:50 pm

It definitely has a magical look about it – let me know if you decide to try one with them 🙂

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Stacy April 27, 2016 - 7:30 pm

This whole idea is amazing and beautiful! What a special talent!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 28, 2016 - 2:49 pm

Thank you Stacy, but trust me I don’t have any special talents – everything we make on the blog anyone could do 🙂

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Brittany Putman April 27, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Super cute!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 28, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Thanks Brittany, I am really pleased with how it turned out 🙂

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Debbie April 27, 2016 - 2:25 pm

Hi Sarah, how clever! I wouldn’t know where to start to create something like this, but you’ve made it sound so easy. I’m sure that your ornamental toadstool will continue to grow and make an interesting live garden ornament.

xx

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 28, 2016 - 2:46 pm

Thank you Debbie. It really did turn out to be easier than I expected. Hoping to make quite a few more – it’s the sort of gardening I can cope with 🙂

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