The Green Desk
Creating concrete toadstools to enrich a child’s environment is fun and easy to do with basic tools and materials. Toadstools can be placed in groups to create mini-environments or installed throughout a space creating moments of discovery. Items such as these exemplify one of many ways to enrich a child’s environment with art and imagination.
Forrest Greenslade, a local artist in Chapel Hill, NC, who leads workshops on making artistic outdoor art, describes the process for making concrete artwork.
- After digging a hole in the ground roughly the shape of the toadstool cap, line the hole with heavy-duty plastic.
- Mix concrete in buckets, and pour into prepared holes.
- Pouring the concrete into the holes for the toadstool caps.
- Smoothing out what will be the bottom of the toadstool caps.
- Place the toadstool stems into the wet concrete. Use stout logs/branches from a wood with high decay resistance, such as Eastern Redcedar.
- After curing for at least 24 hours, remove the concrete toadstools from their holes and remove plastic lining. Toadstool caps can be embeded with objects for added texture and variation.