Dear Everyone: come frolic with us in the MUSHROOM FOREST!
You – yes, YOU – are invited to build and display your very own giant, glowing mushroom! Use our basic plans (below) or come up with your own; CFT will be sponsoring and building 6 of these luminous 'shrooms to start out, but we’ll need everyone’s help in order bring light to the furthest, darkest corners of the forest.
Where will these mushrooms be found? Ideally, everywhere, all around camp! Near your own camp, your mushroom is both art AND a glowing beacon for finding your way home at night. Or if you prefer, you can set your mushroom up in a more public space, maybe even as part of a mushroom garden with others if there’s enough interest. Just come find me at camp if you want help finding the perfect spot.
Below are the basic plans, but feel free to get as creative as you’d like with your own methods and materials! Try finding an unusual umbrella (colorful/ruffled/huge/tiny/clear/???), different types or colors of LED lights, and/or decorate with fun fabrics, paints, etc. to make your mushroom uniquely yours.
Materials for one mushroom will likely cost between $15-$30 using the following plans, or maybe less if you really shop around:
-umbrella or parasol (any material EXCEPT paper, which is too fragile!)
-1/2 to 1 yard translucent fabric, white OR light in color
-warm OR cool white LED light string (battery operated, 30+ LEDs)
-chicken wire (mesh) or baling wire (wrapped)
-ties of some sort: cord, wire, zipties
-large ground stakes
-sewing needle & thread
-needle-nosed pliers (optional, but very useful if shaping baling wire)
I will be editing this post soon to add more detailed instructions, plus links for where to you can order the materials online… but in the mean time, feel free to ask questions or share your ideas here. And tell your friends, because when it comes to glowy things more is ALWAYS better.