This spring we have had so many mushrooms in our backyard. My favorite activity with mushrooms is making spore prints. It’s super easy to do.
For Spore Prints:
- Freshly picked mushrooms (store bought often are not fresh enough to leave prints)
- A glass covering (glasses
- Hairspray or spray adhesive
For Paper Mushroom:
- Brown paper bag
- Spore prints cut into circles
Step one: Pick your mushroom and remove the stem so your cap will lay flat. Place the cap on your paper of choice. The mushrooms I found left dark brown spores so I used white paper. Some mushrooms leave white spores, so the color of paper you use depends on the type of mushroom you have.
Step two: Cover mushrooms with glass and leave them overnight.
Step three: Remove mushroom caps and the spore print is complete! If you want to preserve the spore prints use a spray adhesive or hairspray.
I used my spore prints to decorate paper mushrooms. I cut the spore prints out and then glued them onto the paper mushroom as spots. I made the body of the mushroom from a paper bag. I took a stump, glue, moss, and a vintage glass unicorn to make a display for my mushrooms.
I used this tutorial to make the mushroom’s body. You only need a brown paper bag, the bamboo stick, bands, and glue are not necessary.
Curiosities- Mycology, Mushrooms, and Spores?
Mycology is the study of fungi, mushrooms are in the fungi family.
What exactly are mushrooms? Mushrooms are defined as the fruit of a fungus, bearing spores.
How is a spore print created? Underneath a mushroom’s cap are the gills, the gills contain millions of spores. Spores are like seeds, when released from the gills each one can grow into a new mushroom. So when you place a mushroom on paper and leave it overnight, the spores fall from the gills leaving behind a collection of millions of spores.