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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

    1. 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.’

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

  5. 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!

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