DIY Garden Mushrooms from Thrift Store Glassware

How to make DIY Garden Mushrooms from thrift store glassware

I love to place surprises here and there in the gardens. Things that add some color and fun to fill in the space gaps between the perennials.

DIY garden mushrooms using repurposed vases and bowls

Like these easy to create garden mushrooms from inexpensive glassware that I found at local thrift stores.

Here’s what I’m using for my mushrooms; 3 glass bowls that I found for just 25 cents each, and some 50 cent glass vases that I already had . I picked bowls that had interesting patterns in the glass.

The beauty about a project like this is you can use whatever you can find, or maybe you already have some glassware that you can repurpose into this fun garden project.

Supplies needed to create DIY Garden Mushrooms

  • round glass bowls
  • glass vases
  • painter’s tape
  • spray paint
  • Marine Goop Adhesive or E6000 glue
  • 1/2″ PVC pipe
  • measuring tape
  • mitre saw
  • marker

Spray painting the glass bowls

taping around outside rim of bowls before spray painting

STEP 1: Apply painter’s tape around the outside of the bowls at the rim. Once you have it in place press it down with your fingers to make sure you have a good seal. This is to protect the outside of the bowl from getting spray paint on it.

spray painted the inside of glass bowl

STEP 2: Spray paint the inside of the bowls with two light coats of your colors of choice, letting it dry in between. Remove the painter’s tape, and let the bowls cure for a couple of hours. I used a paint and primer combo spray paint meant for exterior use, and I’m using a gloss finish because that’s what I had on hand.

There are three reason why I’m painting the inside of the bowls instead of the outside.

  • I really wanted to take advantage of how the paint looks through the glass.
  • The paint will be protected from the outside elements, rain and sun etc, and will last longer
  • They’ll be easier to store for the winter. I can store them on their heads without worrying about any paint damage.

Spray painting the glass vases

spray painted the glass vases

STEP 3: Spray paint the glass vases with two light coats of your colors of choice. I decided to use a lighter tone of the same colors that I used on the bowls. The yellow and pink are a chalk spray paint, and the blue is a matte spray paint. Again, I just used what I already had on hand. Let the vases dry and cure for a couple of hours.

TIP: Spray paint will take longer to cure in humid environments. It was a hot and humid week when I did this project so I let everything cure for a couple of hours before moving onto the next step. Normally I would only wait until the paint is dry, which is pretty quick, but it’s good to wait a little longer when the air is humid.

gluing spray painted glass bases upside down inside spray painted glass bowls

STEP 4: Apply glue to the bottoms of the glass vases and put them in place inside the bowls.

spray painted vases blued into inside of glass bowls

Make sure to put the glue around the outside of the bottom of the vases to get good contact with the bowls. Let these sit and cure for at least 24 hours, especially if it’s hot and humid. I chose to glue the bottoms to the bowls because there’s more surface area to get good glue contact, and so I can support my mushrooms with some stems to secure them.

Cutting PVC pipe for to secure mushrooms

STEP 5: Our country property can be rather windy, and we often have animal visitors too. So to stop my mushrooms from being blown or pushed over, I cut some PVC pipe pieces to secure them in the ground. Here, the PVC pipe costs about 70 cents a foot, and I used about 4 feet.

Tips for cutting PVC pipe for DIY mushrooms

  • Measure the height of your glass vases
  • Add 4-6 inches so they can be pushed into the ground
  • Mark the pipe and cut with a mitre saw, or any saw that has small teeth
pvc pipes fitted inside spray painted glass vases to create DIY garden mushrooms

STEP 6: Place the pipe into the vases. Because my vases are all the same height, I staggered the lengths of the PVC pipe. I’ll be pushing some of the vases into the ground as well.

Putting your DIY Garden Mushrooms in place

DIY garden mushrooms using repurposed vases and bowls

STEP 7: Push the pipe pieces into the ground, and place your glass vases over them. I wanted the heights to vary slightly, so I pushed the yellow vase into the ground a bit, and the blue one a little bit more.

close up of pink spray painted glass bowl DIY garden mushroom

I really love how the spray paint inside the bowl seems to make the glass patterns glow.

close up of yellow spray painted glass bowl DIY garden mushroom

These bowls really don’t need any more decoration that what they provide with their patterns.

close up of blue spray painted glass bowl DIY garden mushroom

You could add some glass crafting gems if you like, but for me these DIY garden mushrooms are beautiful just the way they are.

Easy DIY garden mushrooms from repurposed bowls and vases

These would be great placed anywhere in the garden that you need some fun fillers. Or make some mini ones and add them to planters as plant pokes.

The creative possibilities are really endless, depending on the glassware you use and the colors you choose. Not including paint and glue drying times, these mushrooms took less than 30 minutes to create.

I hope this project has inspired you to create some DIY garden mushrooms of your own.

How to create easy DIY garden mushrooms from thrift store glassware

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Those are really cute, I love the pops of color and the patterns on the glass bowls! Pinned!


  2. Another fantastic garden art idea! Tuula, your garden mushrooms are adorable and a fabulous idea for repurposing inexpensive thrift store glassware. My flower beds need some pretty shrooms!

  3. How wonderful! I won’t even bother how you came up with the idea…..it’s the crafty mind of yours! And easy peasy pieces to find! Thanks, girl!

  4. Sharon Bartholomew says:

    These are so great and beautiful. I am going to try little one for my pots.keep the good work up .

  5. Jackie Campbell says:

    I was thinking about the mushrooms and here in Oregon we get some rain so, what if you painted the inside of the vase. It would be protected .like the top from moisture. What do you think. Jackie

    1. That’s a good idea to try Jackie, but you couldn’t do that with spray paint. You might be able to pour some regular paint inside and swoosh it around until the inside of the vase in completely covered and then let it drip dry. I might just give that a try. 🙂

  6. I have made some of these myself using already colored glass bowls and like your idea of painting even better! Easier to find the clear glass ones with texture. Thanks for all your great ideas and sharing your talent.

    1. Thanks Molly Jo! Colored glass bowls would look awesome, but I don’t see many at the thrift stores here either but I do find many clear ones.

  7. Wandawoman says:

    How cute!! I wonder if you could place solar lights in them?

    1. Thanks very much! I think that would be possible with a totally different design. I might just give that a try in the future.

  8. Teresa Parmele says:

    These are really nice looking, especially with the glass patterns adding texture.
    Thanks for the easy directions! What a cost-savings compared to buying them at the nursery. Appreciate your creativity.

    1. Thanks Teresa! It’s so easy to create things like this from thrift store items, and it’s fun too.

  9. Debra Hubbs says:

    These are so cute! I have several florist vases that I’ve hung on to. Would just have to look for bowls. Really love these… Be cute to have a couple of fairies sitting under them.

  10. Those are the prettiest ones that I have seen, I loved them.