Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Make Hobnail Vases with Split Peas!

Spiked vases/planters are very popular these days especially in white ceramic (see pic below). Most crafters can easily achieve the faux ceramic look with puffy paint (bumps/nails) and white spray paint. It's very easy to get that look with puffy paint but it also means making a trip to your local craft store for that. Nothing wrong with that, since craft stores are my favorite places to go, but sometimes we just don't have the time or extra cash. I looked around in my cupboards and pantry and found the perfect solution. Split peas. Yes, I made this beautiful vase with split peas and glue. Here's how...

Things you will need:
  1. Yellow/green split peas
  2. Hot glue gun or any strong glue
  3. Ugly vase, bottle, planter etc.
  4. Spray paint of choice

I have these yellow split peas in stock all year round. I often make dhal and rice with it for the kids, they love it.
This (ugly) vase has been on my desk at work for about 4 to 6 years I think. It floated around the office as co-workers came and went. No one wanted it so I adopted it. It sat on my desk for years until I finally decided to take it home and repaint it.

I grabbed my split peas. Heated up my awesome glue gun and went to work. I just started gluing the peas on in a straight line all the way to the bottom. Make any design you want. Monograms, circles, stars etc. I used split peas because they are flat on one side and easy to apply...
Place the peas evenly around the vase and work your way down. It's a good idea to have the same amount of peas evenly spaced down inline.
Very important: Make sure if you are using hot glue, that there are no thin glue strings on the vase. When painted, it shows. Use your fingers to wipe them off or use a blow dryer on the hottest setting to melt them off.
How pretty!
I started out making this white but changed my mind and decided to paint it silver instead. You can still see how pretty it would have looked in white.
Tadda! My beautiful silver hobnail vase. It looks like tin or aluminum doesn't it?
This is what happens if you don't get those hot glue gun strings off. It's OK however. Just sand it and repaint. No biggie.

As you can guess, I am not bringing this back to work. Right now, it is sitting on my dresser in our bedroom. I love it!
Enjoy & please leave me a comment if you liked this!
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  1. this looks great! how long did it take to make?

    1. Hey Cindy, It all depends how fast you are gluing the peas on-it took me about half hour...

  2. You are brilliant ! This project is easy peasy ! Can't get enough of silver spray .. Love it sis

  3. Cool! Easy and cheap and stylish :)

  4. I love this. What a neat way to make vases for a special occasion like a wedding, or 50th anniversary with gold. To deal with webs from any glue gun project, just hit them with a hair dryer and they disappear.

  5. Wow, you were right, the initial vase was ugly. Looks fabulous now!

  6. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of vase crafts for spring! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/vase-crafts-spring/

    Have a great day!



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