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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What do you do when you don't like split pea soup?

Why you make a wreath!!!

This is an easy project to make with stuff from the Dollar Store. The only problem is that the peas fade after a little while and they start to fall off. At least mine did. I really should have taken my photos when I first made this a few weeks back. Or if I had photoshop I could have fixed the color & no one would be the wiser. But no, I procrastinated showing you this and I don't have photoshop. Even if I did, I probably wouldn't know how to use it. Plus I originally had it hanging on my front door, so it faded even faster and it was getting banged around so the peas started falling off. You can see the original color if you look very carefully at the reflection on the left side of the photo. The underneath is still bright green. The side that shows, has faded. But you get the idea.

First I started with a green Styrofoam wreath I picked up at Dollar Tree.

Even the glue came from Dollar Tree. I just used regular white glue. I squirted it on & used a foam brush to spread it around. Not sure how this would work using hot glue. I didn't want to get burned, so I didn't try.

After spreading the glue I sprinkled split peas on top & pressed down with my fingers. I got my split peas from the bulk food bins at my local grocery store. I bought 2 lbs but only used about 1 lb. I'm sure you can find split peas at the dollar store, but in the bulk bins it was actually less than the dollar store for the peas.

This project did take me a couple of days only because I had to wait for the glue to dry. Plus peas kept falling off. So I would have to squirt a little more glue in some spots & press on more peas.

I did glue peas on all sides of the wreath. After it was dry I added a flower that I had left over from another project. It also came from Dollar Tree. I just hot glued it on the front. I also hot glued some green ribbon on the back & tied in a bow. I think the ribbon also came from Dollar Tree.

I love how this wreath turned out. Except for the fact that it is now fading. I wonder if I had sprayed it with a sealer if it wouldn't have faded already. We will never know.

This was a super dooper easy project and cost me about $3.00. But I still have lots of peas left over in case I decide to start liking split pea soup. But don't hold your breath.

Linking to:
Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Dollar Store Challenge @ The CSI Project


  1. This is such a cute idea! Great job!
    Dropping by from the CSI project : )
    Check out my entry at!

  2. So cute, Kim! Love the daisy; it's a sweet touch.


  3. So cute! Found you at the CSI project... love how you used the beans!

  4. Hi Girlfriend...

    Aren't you the clever one! I love your split pea wreath!!! Sounds like an easy and fairly quick project...which I like! You know, I think I kind of like the faded colors of it...although I can see that the green would be really pretty too! Hmmm...maybe using sealer would have might help to hold the peas on as well! Would just have to try it I guess! Anyway, I really do love it...thanks for sharing it with us!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  5. Ooops...just me again! I really wanted to tell you that I loved how you displayed your pretty split pea wreath too! It's gorgeous hanging over the top of that fabulous mirror!!! Oooh...I want that mirror, Kim! Hehe!

    Love ya,

  6. Cute! I have a feeling this would end badly for me, I have issues with glue and end up with more of it on my fingers than on my projects. But yours looks great:)

  7. That is a cute project....I especially liked the price!

  8. but I LOVE split pea soup!!!!!
    and your pea wreath!
    That turned out soo cute.
    Will the peas fade even if they're not in the direct sunlight?
    Must give that a try!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet U-North Mornings...

  9. hopping over from csi to say i LOVE your wreath! what a cute and very spring-y idea! i am not a huge fan of split-pea soup, but i am a huge fan of your wreath!

  10. I love it!

    stopping by from the CSI project! :)

  11. That is a very cute wreath, you think if you had sprayed it with a clear finish it would have stopped/slowed the fading?

  12. Faded or not its a really pretty wreath. Great idea. I'm going to try one. Thanks.

  13. Love your wreaths and mirrors, so clean and cute at the same time.

    I actually kinda like the faded peas...

  14. Beautiful, gonna add this to my long list of crafts to make!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  15. That's really great-looking, Kim! I would look cute with black beans for Halloween, too - I think you may have started something here!

  16. Love love this! It's so fun.

    Stopping over from Frugal Friday.