Have some indoor fun with the kids this winter and create a toadstool house. You can add a battery operated tea light and hang it up, or let your little one play with it, minus the tea light, of course.


here's what you'll need...

  • Cylindrical cardboard tub (normally used for hot chocolate or crisps)
  • Pen
  • Craft knife (for adult use only)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Straw
  • Spotty wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Thin card
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Glue spreader
  • PVA glue
  • Green paper
  • Brown paper
  • Battery operated tea light
  • Thread or string

materials with text



Not suitable for use with a real flame tea light. Keep battery operated tea lights out of the reach of children as the batteries are dangerous if swallowed.

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Using the craft knife, cut a 3 cm strip away from the top of the tub, and cut a circle out of the side too. (The adult will need to do this part.) This needs to be just big enough to fit your tea light through. I found this was easier to do before sitting Felix down, as he would become frustrated at waiting.


  • 2

    Paint the outside of the tub, and leave to dry.


  • 3

    Cut a circle in the card and stick it to the back of the spotty paper. Use the glue stick for this and press out any bubbles that appear.


  • 4

    Cut around the card and then cut a slice out to the centre. Twist into a cone shape and stick together with double sided tape.


  • 5

    Cut a strip of green paper and snip along one edge to create a grassy effect. Then make a door out of the brown paper. Draw lines on to create a wooden effect. Stick these onto your toadstool house. Cut a circle in the roof for an extra window. We left this until the end so we could check that the top of the tub didn’t cross it. Cut a little cross too, and insert a small piece of straw for a chimney.


    Felix likes his so much, he is going to make another, one to play with and one to hang up as a light. Why not change the decor, or even decorate the inside too? You could make yours into an igloo, or teepee, or…?!?

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By Claire Dearing on 09.01.15

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