Hi, in this tutorial I made a fairy garden terrarium with mushroom lights and a fairy mushroom house. I used some extruded polystyrene (xps styrofoam), battery operated led lights, transparent sanitary silicone sealant, tin foil, copper wire, hot glue, a little bit of polymer clay, moss and acrylic paint. I also used a glass cake cover.
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Step 1: Preparing the Board
I first cut the styrofoam board to fit the glass cake cover. I adjusted the corners with a cutter, then I painted it black.
Step 2: Adding the Lights
I then glued the lights to some pieces of copper wire. I made the wires in different lengths and also left more wire in the upper side (that will be helpful when making the mushroom caps). I glued the copper wires to the foam board with hot glue. I added some volume to the board using tin foil and hot glue.
Step 3: Making the Mushrooms
I mixed some red acrylic paint with silicone and made a paste. I applied the paste on the wires and leveled it using soap and water. For making the mushroom caps I used the silicone paste and wrapping foil. I applied some paste on the plastic foil, and covered it. Then I started shaping it into a mushroom cap. For making the round shapes I used the cones inside of an eggs carton. I also covered the tinfoil base using the same silicone paste in black. Using some tin foil I made a cone and covered it with polymer clay. I sculpted a little house, baked it and painted it with acrylic paint.
Step 4: Moss and Details
I placed the moss over the board, carefully mixing the patches and used toothpicks to fix it in place. I also made some cute white dots on the house using white silicone.
I love the result! The transparency of the silicone makes the mushrooms look amazing, and when the glass cover is on, it really looks like an enchanted miniature fragment of a fairy tale is in my house! :)