I am a huge fan of mushrooms in design elements.

They’re so earthy and homey; simple and fresh.

I think they even have a sort of cozy-rainy day feeling, that makes you want to curl up with a cup of tea and a book.

In fact, one of the first items I put in my Etsy shop was a quilling paper mushroom and it remains one of my favorites to date.

I am so excited to share a tutorial on how to make mini quilling paper mushrooms. They are easily done and a perfect, quick quilling craft for the beginner who might be looking for a little something different.

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Just a couple of supplies needed for these cuties: two colors of quilling paper (I use ivory and a medium golden brown), a quilling tool and some glue. Easy peasy and carrots, as my Moose would say.

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So easy, in fact that each mushroom is made of only 3 elements.

A 6 1/2″ ivory coil for the mushroom cap, a 5″ brown coil for the mushroom gills under the cap, and another 5″ ivory coil for the stem.

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Once the coils are set, start forming them into the elements of the mushrooms.

Even though each mushroom cap that you make can be a slightly different shape (it is nature, after all!), I start by forming the biggest coil into a modified half-moon shape. I like to push up slightly on one side of the bottom, and down on the other side of the top. The result is sort of a topsy-turvy mushroom cap, that I find pretty whimsical and sweet!

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Next comes the gills, or the underside of the cap. In order to fit against the wiggly mushroom cap, form a shaped marquise by squeezing both ends of the brown coil, and push down on one side, while pushing up on the other.

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Next, form the little, tiny stem for this mini mushroom.

Bend the last ivory coil into a shaped teardrop, by pinching one end into a point, while pushing in on one side. I like to flatten the bottom, too, but that’s totally optional.

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Now, it’s time to put it all together!

With a little glue, fit the mushroom cap and brown gills together, like the pieces of a puzzle.

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Once you have the top the way you like it, add the stem with a dot of glue. Tweezers may come in handy here!

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That’s it!

You can whip up a ton of these beauties in no time. Add a few blades of green grass, and you’ve got a whole forest of mushrooms waiting to pretty up your autumn cards and tags.

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I hope you find these quilling paper mushrooms as sweet as I do. I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below with your thoughts and stay tuned for the other fall quilling tutorials I have coming soon!