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:
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!
this is a great idea.. make it fresh, add some other candies.. pastel wrapped peanut butter cups?? etc.. and deliver it as a gift or Easter hostess gift.. everyone can grab and eat away!!
Not the biggest fan of the regular peeps but I like the peppermint that are out at Christmas. Yum!
Cute! But this is soooo wrong. Could you imagine seeing someone eat a wreath hanging up on the wall? Yeah, that would be me!
It’s the perfect Easter craft – SO easy & you can eat the stale Peeps (the BEST way to eat them) when you’re done. LOL!! Really – VERY cute. 🙂
PS – Thanks for a craft all us non-crafty girls can succeed at making! Cooking skills I’ve got, crafty skills… not so much.
I think you are the only other person I know who hates peeps too!! They are disgusting and I wish they were never invented.
Never ate a Peep until I married my husband– perhaps it’s a taste you have to acquire by the age of 3. They are so gross, but so cute! Thanks for the post Kate– I have a friend from church who is cancer-free today! I think I’ll make this tonight with some of the little gals from church for our activity and we’ll give it to her.
THANK YOU For this idea. I always buy peeps, slit the plastic and stick them on top of the refrigerator or somewhere to get hard. My family loves them stail, so as long as we only used toothpicks I can see us making it AND still eating it. Yes I know that is gross, but I feel it would be the reality! So cute.
This is genius! Stale Peeps are my friends.
I can’t eat them either–but you’re right, they are super cute. And hey, it’s no wonder your ribbon lasted so long if you never make anything, right? 🙂 Great job Kate!
I’m going to have to remember this at Halloween. I can see an awesome bat and ghost Peep wreath in my future. If you live in a dry climate, I bet this project will last forever. Perhaps a new family heirloom?
Do you think you could spray it with something to preserve it? Acrylic spray or something? I’m also worried about ants/bugs out here in Vegas, even placing it inside the house, but I would love to give this a try.
Adorable! I loooooove PEEPS!! :o) I’ve come to notice that you either love ’em or hate ’em, right? Anyhow, very cute! I actually bought 6 boxes of PEEPS(one of every color) and they are just sitting there on my counter. Like others said though, not sure if I want to “waste” them on this…. but I just might. ;o) Maybe a smaller version.
It’s a PEEPS massacre!! I really can only handle a few at a time but the rest of the family wouldn’t be able to resist “saving” them from their untimely death and giving them entirely new one. But very cute and colorful idea especially if you hate Peeps.
These are so bright and colorful and cute! But, for some reason I have issues with making wreaths out of food. 🙁
I wonder if you could spray the peeps with something to seal them away from the bugs. Obviously they would no longer be etible, but they would also be gnat and ant proof. Hmm…
Wow………I’m just gettin’ to this pin, but TOTALLY agree with you. Altho this is a darling idea, the bug ratio would have to be off the chart!! Spraying it WELL with a clear sealant (SP) is the ONLY way I’d do it. And it would have to be a THOROUGH spraying to get behind, under, over and around. But THAT way, you could use it for YEARS without it being ‘bug bait.’
You’re totally a closet-crafter Kate, I know it!! Super cute, I love it. Also, love your pretty pictures, looks like you’re having fun with your new toy!
I am a total Peeps hater too! But they sure do look adorable stuck on a wreath!
I LOVE peeps! And I’m glad to know that I am not the only one out there who loves them even more when they’re stale. =D So it’s a cute idea, but I wouldn’t want to sacrifice the greatest Easter candy on Earth!
one of my sons-in-law LOVES stale peeps, so he would really enjoy this wreath. I could us this idea for Christmas time, too, when they have reindeer & snowman & such peeps.
If i didn’t have two crazy dogs, i would definitely make this! Lord knows there would be some intense peep massacre if i did haha
PEEPS are NOT vile or disgusting….
So cute! And I despise peeps too, much to my hubbys disgust – he LOVES them, eats them by the box full. Good job impaling it with a toothpick 😉 You made my rainy dreary morning a little brighter by sharing the wreath – and the giggles that went along with it in your post!
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!
cute idea but we have enough problems with ants in my house … and between myself and my younger son I don’t think the peeps would last long on the wreath LOL
What a cute idea! I love how colorful it is.
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.
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!
2 peeps (facing each other) stabbed with 2 toothpicks (like swords) + microwave = jousting match!
*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!!
*by not buy…the coffee is letting me down this morning 😉
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
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…
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”! !
Cutest wreath ever! Great job! I’m not a crafter either and I kind of want to make this but I know I would just eat it. Seriously.