How to Make Unique Peeps Arts and Crafts

History of Peeps

I love Peeps! The adorable, brightly colored, squishy chicks and bunnies are a sure signal that Spring is right around the corner. Yellow Peeps chicks were introduced in the 1950s by the Just Born Candy Company. In the early years each individual critter was hand made by squishing marshmallow goop through a pastry bag . As demand for the candy grew it became necessary to automate the creation process so in 1954 company owner Bob Born helped to design a machine that was capable of producing dozens of Peeps at one time.

In later years the Peeps line expanded to include different shapes like bunnies, Christmas Trees, jack-o-Lanterns, snowmen, footballs, eggs, and teddy bears. The colors of the bunnies and chicks also expanded to include pink, orange, blue, green, and lavender. In 1999 vanilla flavored Peeps were introduced into the consumer market.

Peeps Art

I don't eat Peeps anymore but as an adult I am absolutely amazed by the variety of wacky art that imaginative people create with the marshmallow treats. Peeps have been used as a medium to create a variety of famous Peep's paintings like The Last Supper, Peep Jesus, Peepflowers, and the world famous "Give Peeps A Chance" sign.

Others have used Peeps to make representations of famous movie scenes. My ultimate favorite is a rendition of the scene in Thelma and Louise where the dynamic duo chooses to drive over a cliff rather than face having to go to jail-or worse yet back to their unfulfilling lives. Coming in a very close second is Peepwee Herman in a scene from Peepwee's Big Adventure, the tale of a boy-man who goes on the ultimate quest to retrieve his beloved bicycle that was stolen by the cold-hearted Francis.

Peeps Wreath

Using Peeps to make a wreath is fun and so easy a child can do it. Best of all everything you need to construct it can be found at your local Walmart. To create the wreath you need:

  •  Peeps
  •  toothpicks
  • a straw or styrofoam wreath

 Spear each Peep with a toothpick, push the other end of the toothpick into the  wreath and presto you have a cute decoration to hang on your wall. If you want to be really creative add a springtime bow. I personally like to use the Peeps Bunnies instead of the Peeps Chicks because the wreath is more uniform and doesn't pop out so much.

Peeps Topiary

I absolutely lost it when I saw that people were using Peeps to create topiary. If you want to be creative and make your own you need:

  • 2 styrofoam balls
  • 1 flower pot
  • 1 dowel rod or stick
  • Easter Grass
  • toothpicks
  • Peeps

Push one styrofoam ball onto each end of the dowel rod. Place 1 of the balls into the flower pot and cover it with Easter grass. Skewer a Peep with a toothpick then push the other end into the remaining styrofoam ball. Continue the process until you run out of Peeps. You can also use a styrofoam wreath if you would rather have a donut shaped topiary.

To My Peeps

Why not be creative and hop down to your local store, buy yourself a pack or two of the little critters, and have fun. I'd love to see your own origional Peep creations.

Comments 14 comments

marellen 5 years ago

Fun hub...I will show my daughter your cute crafts...she is into Peeps.

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schoolmarm 5 years ago from Florida

These are just adorable! I LOVE peeps! I would have a hard time making these crafts without eating them all up!

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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

And I thought my families way of using peeps was creative... My kids like to put them in the microwave for 15 seconds, blow them up and eat them... I like letting them dry out until they are almost crunchy.. Yeah, odd I know.

With all my new babies this year (grandkids) I might just make them a wreath! Love it, Thanks for the ideas!!! Shared!!

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mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

marellen, schoolmarm, sweetsusieg thanks for your comments. I had to write an article on unique crafts and chose to write about using Peeps. The internet is full of Peeps projects-and it really makes me laugh when I see how creative people are. Sweetsusieg I've learned that letting Peeps dry out before you eat them is VERY common so it's not so odd.

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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Hi miki - Pretty interesting Peeps history tale, and strange how folks might want to do artwork with them, too. I can see it right now, however - a Peeps wreath on our front door. Here in soggy Houston we'd have so many bugs crawling the door that it would fall down from the overweight. (But, in this house, the Peeps wouldn't last long enough to be made into any sort of art.

Gus :-)))

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

These are darling! I love Peeps :0) Great hub!

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mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Gus-you're right about the bugs-maybe you could just incorporate them into your wreath design. Jamie thanks for you kind words.

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thehemu 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

that's great diy!

Jeff_McRitchie 5 years ago

I love the craft ideas in this article. It's perfect timing since Easter is just about here!

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mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

thehemu and Jeff_McRitchie thanks for your comments

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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

I have been sticking to the old blown deco egg trees I make each year, but after seeing your HUB I'v been inspired. I just have to try one of these out myself.

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mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Have fun with it-post a picture too!!

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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Too adorable. I never eat them, but they make cute craft projects!

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Krysanthe 5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

Wow! What fun things you can do with peeps. I never saw them as anything more that pure sugar. Thanks for the smile and enlightenment.

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