Warmer temperatures and newly sprouting bulbs announce the arrival of spring! I wanted to add a touch of that fresh spring green color to my décor with a simple display of split pea and moss balls. Decorative balls can be quite pricey, but you can make your own for a fraction of retail prices.
To make the pea and moss balls, all you need is Mod Podge in matte, green acrylic paint, one package of six smooth foam balls, a bag of green moss, and a bag of dried split peas.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to paint your palls with acrylic paint. I used a leaf green color. Painting all six foam balls took me less than 5 minutes. Set them aside to dry after painting.
After the paint is dry, take a paint brush and paint Mod Podge onto one half of the foam ball. Press pieces of moss onto the Mod Podge and allow to dry. Repeat with the second half of the ball until the entire ball is covered with moss.
For the pea balls, you will want to work in smaller sections. Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to a small part of the foam ball and then set the ball down into a container of the split peas. Let it stay there for 5 minutes then rotate the ball and start working on another area of the ball. Do this until the entire ball is covered.
To fill in any gaps, paint some Mod Podge over the top of the peas, making sure it reaches into the nooks and crannies, then sprinkle with more split peas and gently press. The Mod Podge will dry clear and will not be noticeable, but will lock in all the peas into place. This is an important step because it will help the peas retain their color.
Arrange the decorative pea and moss balls in a pretty bowl, basket or vase. I love the fuzzy and soft texture of the moss paired with the different shades of the green peas.
They are sweet, simple, and oh so springy! Try making your own decorative pea and moss balls.
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