I browse a lot of art and sculpture on Instagram, and a few weeks ago I stumbled across the most stunning picture:
Glowing purple mushrooms in a sweet open-air lantern? WANT.
This loveliness is the creation of a Ukrainian artist named Katya Sneg, and the second I clicked over to explore her account TheSnowMade, I fell down a rabbit hole of pure magic.
That particular lamp gets even sweeter the closer you get:
But there's more, gang. SO MUCH MORE.
Look at the painstaking detail!
Obviously I am all about that glow, but Katya's creations are somehow just as breath-taking when they're NOT lit up:
I want to pet them. Is that weird?
More glowy goodness:
Each mushroom is sculpted around an LED, and the whole lamp is battery powered.
Hnnnnng. (Looks like Pandora, only prettier. :D)
Now hold on to your socks, because here comes an entire rainbow's worth:
If you're like me and making grabby hands at the screen, then I have good news: Katya has an Etsy shop! And considering each 'shroom is hand sculpted, the prices aren't too bad: most mushroom lamps are between $70 and $130 - though you'll have to add another $20 for shipping to the U.S.
This isn't sponsored or anything; I just knew you guys would love these. Plus Katya somehow has less than 3,000 followers on IG, which is a crime. A CRIME, I SAY! So go follow The Snow Made for all the fun(gi) rainbow eye candy.
And finally, for you crafty ambitious types, I also have a DIY option. See, these reminded me of an Instructable I read years ago, and when I went looking for it I found several different tutorials for "glowing mushrooms." This one by DIY Perks, however, includes a full video tutorial that is fantastic at breaking down all the steps. Here are his glowing 'shrooms:
And his tutorial:
I especially love how he used cling wrap to form the stems and caps - so clever!
Obviously this method can't come close to Katya's detailing, but it could still be fun to try! Makes me want to go cut up some LEDs; I'd love to try this with some really BIG mushrooms, for that extra fantasy vibe. And, of course, in a full rainbow. :D
Hope these made you smile and dream a little, fellow geeks. 'Til next time!