Tutorial: Quick and Easy Easter Wreath

So you may or may not have noticed that Sara does all the little crafty tutorials on our blog.  That is because I am not crafty.  When I was little, I took sewing classes and the teacher told me I was literally the first person she’d ever taught that “failed” the first day. Crafts are messy.  They take a long time.  They require some kind of spatial understanding that I don’t seem to possess. For me, they almost always end in sadness and regret.

However…if a craft is cheap and easy enough (quiet, all of you who snickering dirtily right now), I can be convinced, even excited, to be crafty.

I saw this wreath on my friend Liz’s blog, who found it on her friend Lindsay’s blog, who, incidentally, posted about our balloon wreath in the same post!  Small world, right?  Anyway, I would (and still will if you ladies want–just email me!) link to their blogs, but they are their family blogs and I don’t want to invade their private space if they don’t want us to and it was too late to email them.  But here are some pictures of their amazingly adorable creations:

Believe me, if it can inspire me to want to not only buy the vilest Easter candy on earth, but to make a craft with it, it’s gotta be somethin’.

In case you haven’t guessed it, those little colorful things are Peeps. As in sugar-covered marshmallows.  Even my kids thought they were disgusting (albeit adorable).  Ladies (and a few gentlemen), I give you the very first Our Best Bites Peep Show:

Ooh la-la!

Sorry.  I couldn’t help myself.

Any-who.  For this super easy craft, you’ll need…

-Peeps (I REALLY wanted the bunnies, but they cost more at my friendly neighborhood Walmart and didn’t come in as many colors).  Unless you’re getting a tiny wreath, I would plan on at least 6 packages (each package has 3 boxes).

-A straw wreath (I got a big one because I figured hey, the bigger the better, right? Wrong.  Don’t follow my foolish, foolish ways).

-Toothpicks and/or hot glue.  Your call.  I ended up using both when things started going badly I decided to be safe rather than sorry.

-A wide ribbon for wrapping the wreath (optional, but it really did help minimize the mess.  Unless I wasn’t supposed to unwrap the wreath from the cellophane, something everyone probably knows and I will henceforth be mocked for my lack of crafty knowledge).

-An hour. Dead serious.  In fact, I made this wreath while these rolls were rising and baking and we only had a few minor disasters.

-Some baby wipes or wet washcloths are not the worst idea in the world.  Believe it or not, sugar-encrusted marshmallow barnyard babies are super sticky.

I started by wrapping the wreath in what has turned out to be the everlasting spool of ribbon–seriously, I bought this at Costco during the 2002 Olympics.

I secured it with toothpicks because hey, they were there.

Then all you need to do is stick your Peeps onto your wreath however you want.  I started by impaling a Peep with a toothpick

and then sticking it where I wanted.  Once I got a better feel for how deep the toothpicks needed to be and how far they needed to be spaced, I stuck the toothpicks directly into the wreath and then popped the Peeps onto the toothpicks.

I actually really love how Liz and Lindsay did lots and LOTS of peeps all over the place.  I, however, bought too big of a wreath and too few peeps, so we had to spread the love a little.

When you have your Peeps where you want them, add a ribbon or a bow and then hang it up!  Mine will not be going outside because I’m pretty sure it will attract every insect in the state of Louisiana, but it looks super cute on the door in my dining room!

115 comments

  1. Ha! Peeps ARE, as you put it “the vilest Easter candy on earth.” But this is a totally fun use for them! I have the benefit of my children being thrilled by the fun look of Peeps, without risking the chance of them eating the nasty things. Win-win. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a novel idea. The colors look amazing. I bet with all that peep sugar it might last from year to year too. :0 Or, I would recycle and eat all the peeps off the wreath at the end of Easter. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your kids may enjoy a new family tradition we’ve started with Peeps, because none of us eat them. We prefer to watch them “grow” in the microwave. We put a Peep on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave for 15-30 seconds and watch it expand (and eventually melt). No, the Peep does NOT explode and we all have fun watching it! If you’re so inclined, you can also make Peep S’mores with your melted marshmallow, a graham cracker and a little chocolate syrup. Have fun!

  4. *sigh* hangs head in grief…I love peeps. This is an adorable wreath and I’m tempted to make it, but I don’t think I could bring myself to sacrifice that many peeps. I’m with Erin…I’d be grabbing peeps off there every time I walked buy (because stale peeps are even better!), that is if I could find one that my three year old hasn’t licked because I’m sure that would happen too. 😉
    Very cute idea though!!

    1. Patti, OBB is a shame-free zone. For the most part. Did you not just witness my willingness to humiliate myself in public by showing off my lack of crafty skills? If you love Peeps, I won’t judge you, I promise. 🙂

  5. Very cute wreath. And I may just have to make one! I made an Easter garland by stringing plastic Easter eggs and peeps on bakers twine! VERY fun! I learned that opening the packaging and leaving the peeps out over night made them easier and less sticky to work with! I bet that would help with the wreath too! 🙂

  6. thats so cute!!! And yes, they are a bit gross. Some people like the intense sugar over load of these. But how totally awesomely precious! I must try this…

  7. Holy moly! Am I first? Woo!

    This is such a cute idea. However, I happen to love Peeps and would totally be “that girl” to walk past this wreath and yank a Peep off every single time. If it were a wreath made of white chocolate, then I could resist. White chocolate = disgusto. Love your site! Thanks for making me a better “chef”! !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Comments

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.