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. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

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.