Like yard decor that's a little different? How about making yourself some concrete mushrooms? They're inexpensive and easy!
WARNINGS: As with any project, you will need to take proper precautions. Read the safety instructions on the products and follow them. Quikrete can be rough on your hands, so be sure to wear gloves when working with it. Wear a mask and work in a well-ventilated area to avoid breathing in concrete dust or PAM spray. Wash your hands thoroughly when you've finished working.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
BOWLS for mushroom tops, sizes that appeal to you. Get a bowl with a nicely rounded (not flat) bottom interior. You can use any bowl that appeals to you esthetically. One of my bowls was plastic and the other was ceramic. I bought them at Goodwill very inexpensively. I wouldn't use a bowl that I plan to use for food later.
TUBE OR VASE for stem. (I used a Pasta Express tube..the kind sold on TV to quick-cook pasta, but you could use a vase or a paper tube. I cut the bottom off the Pasta Express so both ends were open).
PAM VEGETABLE SPRAY
1 bag QUICKRETE (1 made all 4 mushrooms with one 60 pound bag, but you will need less or more depending on the size of your mushrooms.) Available at home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
WATER (enough to mix into concrete).
MIXING SPOON strong enough to mix concrete
PLASTIC TUB to mix concrete in
PIECE OF PVC PIPE longer than your stem tube. (Available at home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot) Cut one end at an angle.
LANDSCAPE BLOCK ADHESIVE with CAULKING GUN -- (Available at home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot) comes in a tube like caulking.
ACRYLIC PAINTS -- The kind sold in 2 oz. bottles at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael's. (example: Creamcoat or Americana)
SEALANT -- I used Daichcoat sealer, but you can use your choice of sealer. Consider whether you want a flat finish, medium gloss or high gloss to your finished mushroom.