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How to Make Art with Peeps

Updated on May 19, 2014

Peeps Are Born In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

1300 Stefko Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18017:
1300 Stefko Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18017, USA

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Peeps Kabobs


Peeps History

Peeps Fun Facts

  • Peeps are born each year in Bethlehem.
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that is.
  • Just Born Inc., is a factory in PA that makes1 billion Peeps a year.
  • That is 4 million Peeps a day.
  • The production of Peeps in one year can circle the globe twice.
  • Peeps were first created in 1953.
  • Peeps were once sculpted by hand from pastry tubes.
  • It took 27 hours to make just one marshmallow peep.
  • The eyes were painted on by hand.
  • Today it takes 6 minutes to make one marshmallow peep.
  • During Easter Peeps outsell Jellybeans.
  • Just Born also manufactures; Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and ice cream toppings.
  • Peeps are an icon
  • Peeps are just not for Easter.
  • There are pumpkin shaped Peeps for Halloween.
  • There are snowman shaped Peeps for Christmas.
  • Emory University scientifically studied Peeps indestructibility.
  • There are national diorama Peeps contests each year.

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What To Do With Marshmallow Peeps

  • Eat 'em
  • Smash 'em
  • Stretch 'em
  • Microwave 'em
  • Fondue 'em
  • Deep Fry 'em
  • Make 'em into art
  • Find ways to destroy 'em

Peeps Have Been Scientifically Studied

These spongy-sweet marshmallow treats have been scientifically studied at a universities and homes around the world to test their indestructibility.

Peeps are candy, and the primary ingredient of candy is sugar. It would then be easily hypothesize Peeps will dissolve in water and other liquid solutions. However, Peeps have additional ingredients that make them peculiarly indissoluble.


(Reader discretion is advised for those who are emotionally attached to Peeps. Harmful elements have been tested on Peeps.)

At Emory University in Atlanta, GA, a group of scientists used boiling hot water, cigarettes and other tests determine how these candies will endure. The outcome proved that Peeps are resilient, and made from indissoluble substance. Chemicals such as acetone, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide could not destroy Peeps.

Results indicated that there was little to no dissolve from the Peeps. Peeps are not soluble in water, acetone, sulfuric acid or sodium hydroxide.

Peeps Smoke Signals

There are so many ways to be creative with Peeps.  Here I used smoke bombs and photography.
There are so many ways to be creative with Peeps. Here I used smoke bombs and photography. | Source

What Is A Diorama?

A diorama is a three-dimensional scale replica of a scene. Diorama's are usually created by hobbyists and children. Remember making a project out of a shoe box in elementary school? That was a diorama.

The purpose for diorama's is for edcutation and entertainment.

The Etymology of Diorama

Diorama is a Greek word.

di- through

rama- that which is seen, a sight

Annual Peeps Marshmallow Contest

In 2004, The St. Paul Pioneer Press put a call out to artist and hobbyist to submit to the first Marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contests. Although worried no one would get the concept, they received over 40 entries. In the coming years, the diorama entries grew to the hundreds. Since then, Peeps diorama contests have received nationwide attention from additional editorials like the Washington Post, Seattle Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Denver Post.

Peeps art continues to inspire people around the country. Newspapers, city councils, art museums, universities, all have put a call out to artists to make spongy colorful art.

Even the American Bar Association Journal sought for court, law or justice inspired Peeps creations.

Just Born Inc., the manufacture of Peeps has a website page listing competitive Peeps diorama contests around the nation. Themes for Peeps Dioramas have ranged from biblical stories to pirates.

Peeps diorama masterpieces themes have also included:

  • Presidential election
  • Gladiator
  • Dancing
  • The movie Up
  • Zombies
  • The book Goodnight Moon
  • Football
  • American Idol
  • The constitution or 'We the PEEPole"

Peeps Diorama

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Gather your suppliesPaint your shoe box Painted shoe box ready for the design elementsAdd your design elements to complete your vision Even hot glue does not harm PeepsAdd your Peeps and complete your diorama Use photo shop to edit photos.
Gather your supplies
Gather your supplies
Paint your shoe box
Paint your shoe box
Painted shoe box ready for the design elements
Painted shoe box ready for the design elements
Add your design elements to complete your vision
Add your design elements to complete your vision
Even hot glue does not harm Peeps
Even hot glue does not harm Peeps
Add your Peeps and complete your diorama
Add your Peeps and complete your diorama
Use photo shop to edit photos.
Use photo shop to edit photos.

Peeps Poll

What do you like to do with your Peeps?

See results

Peeps Poll

What is your favorite colored Peeps?

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How To Make a Peeps Diorama

Materials Needed:

  • Imagination
  • Shoe box
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Trinkets
  • Colored Paper
  • Peeps
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Anything in your home to help make your diorama


  1. Come up with an idea
  2. Paint your shoe box
  3. Add elements to create your theme
  4. Add your peeps
  5. Take pictures
  6. Submit your art to a Peeps contest

Peeps Poll

When you see Peeps do you experience the feeling of happiness?

See results

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  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    I love doing Peep art. I hope to find a local contest next year. Flourishanyway.

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    5 years ago from USA

    This is over-the-top wonderful! So inventive I just love it! I really got a kick out of the pope Peeps diorama. Oh, so cute. I see myself doing some Peeps art sometime.

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    John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

    5 years ago from Philippine

    Hey very creative. How nice to see those pretty creations. My nephews would love doing that.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    My hubby buys peeps for our grandkids every year. I think he gets more enjoyment out of buying them then they get from eating them. It's a toss up! Love your post and the creative art displays.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Randomcreative, not even hot glue harms Peeps!!! They are amazing to use as art materials.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    This is such a fun idea! Your pope Peep displays put a smile on my face. :)

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Torri, let me know if you make something, I would love to see it.

  • torrilynn profile image


    6 years ago


    superb hub

    I remember my mom buying peeps every year

    for Easter, I never knew that you could make them

    great read.

    Voted up and shared

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Thank you NornsMercy for stopping by. It is fun to read about Peeps history. I wonder if our educational system will add that in the history books. ;) Although, those who study market trends Peeps are interesting, because they are so diverse and creating a niche in the crafting community when they were designed solely for Easter candy.

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    6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    I LOVE Peeps! The history of the Peeps was really fun to read. I learned so much. Voted up, funny/awesome/interesting, but wish I could vote awesome twice. :D

  • infowe profile image


    6 years ago

    i love it.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Rebecca, making your own Peeps sounds like fun.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    aa lite, I think when God made us he designed our digestive acids to dissolve Peeps. It just so happens it helps us digest all our other foods too.

    I will Tweet the Peep.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Peep Francis. Gotta love it. last year we made peeps from cotton balls and colored chalk dust. We added an orange paper beak and black eyes. Then glued them inside eggshell halves with Easter grass.

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    aa lite 

    6 years ago from London

    Brilliant. I reckon you should tweet the Peep Francis diorama to the vatican (they have twitter now). You might become famous.

    Although I must say I would be scared to eat something that is indestructible. Can it be killed by hydrochloric acid? How do they actually get digested, or do all peep eaters wander around with stomachs full of peep all the their lives?

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    Brenda Kyle 

    6 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

    Fabulous peeps. I can't believe there is a contest. The Diaroma is a wonderful project to do with kids, like a gingerbread house at Christmas. Peeps for Easter. Cute hub.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Hi Christin, I hate eating Peeps too. I tell my kids they are not for eating, but for making art with. If they can not dissolve in sulfuric acid, why would anyone want to put in their body? But, they are a lot of fun to try to do creative things with or to be a decorative piece on your shelf since they have a long shelf life.

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    Christin Sander 

    6 years ago from Midwest

    What a cool hub! :) I absolutely hate peeps - sorry! but I sure think it would be fun coming up with creative new ways to try to destroy them! :) and I dig the whole peep diorama thing - peeps as art who knew? Well, at least they are good for something ;) Voted up and shared.


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