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Power up your Christmas and give your tree Extra Life with these super cute Super Mario ornaments you can make in an afternoon! They're fast and inexpensive, so go ahead and build an entire Mushroom Kingdom!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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For this project, you will need:

  • Two different sizes of styrofoam balls
  • Paint (I used red, green and white, but die-hard fans may opt for the original colors: red with orange spots for Super Mushrooms and orange with green spots for 1ups)
  • Mod podge - this can be found in craft stores, and is used to fill in the pores of the styrofoam to create a smoother painting surface. Alternatively, spackle could be used, and might be quicker in the end.
  • Glue
  • Small gauge wire to make a hook (or pre-formed ornament hook)
  • Wire cutters
  • X-acto (or similar) knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush and cups for water

Step 2: Shape Your Balls

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Carve your styrofoam balls into the appropriate shapes. The larger size will become the mushroom cap and the smaller will become the stem.

  • Mark both styro balls with cutting lines. Creating cross-mark lines helped me draw a fairly even circle and provided markings for me to help cut away the styrofoam easily.
  • Cut each of the pieces flat along the lines
  • On the flat side of the larger piece, mark a circle approximately the size of the circumference of the smaller ball so it will fit inside. Don't worry too much about getting an accurate measurement. Start out on the smaller side and you can always carve away more.
  • Hollow out the inside of the larger ball, using the circle as a guide. Check to see if the stem piece will fit snugly inside and make adjustments as necessary,
  • Holding the flat side of each ball flush with the table, sand away the edges to ensure an even, smooth edge. This takes about 2 seconds. Don't overdo it.
crazymama632 years ago
totaly awesome can't wait to make for my 21
and 30 year olds thanks.................party on can't wait till xmas
glassgiant3 years ago
My friend (fuzzwuzzle.com) was inspired by this instructable and made the attached. I love 'em!
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Boo looks so much less scary when he is an ornament XD
sbarker23 years ago
I am so making these!!! Might do them out of skulpy for durability!!!
ynze3 years ago
up in a tree...
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St Jimmy3 years ago
I came across polystyrene balls with smooth outsides, and I thought those would be good so you don't have to do this. Not sure about the permanence of the paint though
First of all - awesome instructable. Made some myself and my friends love them.

With my left over Styrofoam balls and scraps, I expanded on your idea and  made Bob-omb and Boo!

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Awesome!! I would love to make both of these as well! you should post an instructable!
scoochmaroo (author)  FencingSmoker4 years ago
LOVE IT!!!
skerzzz3 years ago
Most instructables either sound too expensive (which scares me away from them) or too hard (also scares me away). But this one is great! Seems cheap, looks easy enough and most of all fun! Im going to make both of these and give them to my parents for presents. I am hoping to get them to remember their childhood memories again. :D
lieve3 years ago
Really like this!!
Going to make them as well with the kids in the christmas holiday!
Thnx for the great idea!
lottaboxes4 years ago
how did you get the paint so smooth? when i did mine it looked like wood :(
I can't tell you how glad i am that you put this up. I have been trying to figure out something to do for my cousin for DAYS now. He loves Super Mario Brothers. i typed that into the search thing, & up popped your instructable! now i have the PERFECT thing to make him. :) thank you SOOO much! :D
flargus4 years ago
its great! im about to make one, and im gonna put an LED in the middle of the head so it lights up!

If it turns out good, ill put some pics up
jayjayec4 years ago
made them your instrutable is good easy to follow and mine look awsome that i made thx
vref_guy4 years ago
I'm in the process of making one of these and I would suggest to others to go with spackling paste. I'm using a slightly watered down consistency and I'm expecting some smooth results. The Mod Podge did a good job of sealing though and it would make sense as a primer before applying a top coat of colored paint.

Just my $0.02 though.
omninate4 years ago
Great instructable! It inspired me to make a set using a wooden ball and a dowel - Link to my instructable.
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crispyjones4 years ago
Just made some with my Daughter.  She found a product called "smoothfoam" at Michael's.   They are styrofoam balls but, like the name says, they are smooth, so no mod podge needed.  I cut a 2.5" ball for the cap and a 2" ball for the body, and sharpie marker for coloring.  I used some sandpaper to smooth down a little ring that was on the smoothfoam from the forming process.
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pyroape4 years ago
Wow, while just glancing over I thought it said SHAVE.  Anyways, love the instructable.  I'm making one with a digital photo keychain in it.  Family photos and pics from 8-bit glory days.
Earths_hope4 years ago
This is brilliant!
MagicScarf5 years ago
i love this, a very nice and thoughtful christmas gift! (bonus: very "cost effective" too, IE CHEAP!) :)
i will be making these for my friends, thanks!!
robobobobot5 years ago
if you stare at the bottle then it lookes like the hand is moving
the randomness of that comment made me laugh my head off.
so then i tried it, and stared at the bottle for a while.
thepelton5 years ago
I am tempted to make them, but like real mushrooms, such as Amanita muscaria and Boletus edulis.
mainoah5 years ago
goomba i mean
mainoah5 years ago
I bet this idea would work to make some goobas as well, just use brown and black paints
chile.limon5 years ago
Sweet idea!
Good. nice instructable
Fasteners5 years ago
Awesome stuff
kathynv5 years ago
Terrific! How many layers of Mod Podge did you need to use to mask the texture of the styrofoam? Great job, BTW. I'm glad I saw this right after Christmas, so I have time to make a bunch for next year. Thanks for posting this very cute instructable.
scoochmaroo (author)  kathynv5 years ago
I used two layers of mod podge and sanded after both were dry. That's the part that takes the longest!
iKill5 years ago
theres some kind of candy that comes in these mushrooms, if you bought some of them emptied em then stuck in a hook it would work just as well
Browncoat iKill5 years ago
Yeah, but they're metal & might be too heavy. Also, each of those costs like $4-$5.
you could buy one and then make a mold out of it then make them with that spray insulation stuff
iKill Browncoat5 years ago
ys i never said it would be practical but i figured its an easier alternative
mg0930mg5 years ago
Coolio! This is just an awesome craft, may have to finish it.
Do it, not finish. hahahahaha.
jeff-o5 years ago
Two sizes of wood balls, or just some modeling clay would work great too. Fantastic idea! :)
Awesome. I'm gonna have to make some.