In my line of work (if you can even call this "work") I am constantly seeing amazing projects done by very talented people. I am frequently inspired by the work of others, but it is not often that I blatantly copy someone else's project. I was instantly in love with this Split Pea Topiary done by Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness, and I just had to make one.
I love the look of topiaries but I have terrible luck keeping them alive. I can keep most garden plants alive, but for some reason indoors plants are a different story. I can only be trusted with the type that are nearly impossible to destroy. I have looked at artificial ones several times but they are always either very expensive or very cheap looking so I have just never bothered.
This split pea topiary obviously doesn't look all that real, but that is the beauty of it... it isn't necessarily supposed to. It has all the fun of a topiary, is as maintenance free as an artificial, but doesn't just look like you are trying to fool everyone into thinking it is real. And it only cost a few dollars to make.
Head on over the Amanda's guest post at Kenarry.com for the full instructions.
I only changed one thing. I applied the split peas a bit differently. She sprinkled them into the mod podge. I just did one section at a time and squished the ball into a bowl of split peas, then allowed it to dry completely before moving on to the next section. I don't do well with waiting for drying times so it was something I just did whenever I thought of it, over the course of two days. That way it was about 5 minutes of actual effort during the two days.
I love the way it turned out. A perfect spring decoration!
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