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Easter Decorating with PEEPS

Updated on March 20, 2013
a peeps wreath! maybe start out with something a little less ambitious
a peeps wreath! maybe start out with something a little less ambitious | Source
might I suggest cupcakes as a first peeps project?
might I suggest cupcakes as a first peeps project? | Source
simply pretty in peeps
simply pretty in peeps | Source
jammin' with some peeps
jammin' with some peeps | Source
why the fighting? maybe they should give peeps a chance!
why the fighting? maybe they should give peeps a chance! | Source
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ahoy there! | Source

Easter peeps are by far my favorite Easter candy. I wait all year for those colorful little critters to grace the store shelves. But it is not because I like to eat them. There are plenty of candies, Easter or otherwise, that I enjoy much more. So how can they be my favorite? It is because they are fun!

Nothing says Spring like brighlty colored, sugar coated, soft and squishy chicks and bunnies! I dare you too look at one without smiling!

Unless you are a really big fan of marshmallow, you might not like eating peeps all that much. Then what are they good for? For having fun of course!

Peeps make great decorations for cakes and centerpieces. You can do this yourself, or it can be fun for the whole family.

In addition to dying eggs this Easter, why don't you make some peeps creations!

Cakes and Cupcakes with Peeps

Peeps make perfect decorations for cakes and cupcakes. It's simple. Bake a cake or cupcakes, frost, put peeps on top. Done!

Sure you could go that route, but I am not going to let you off the hook that easy. Use some imagination! Color the frosting blue to make a pond for your chickies. Yes, chickies can swim. I checked. You might want to keep the bunnies on dry land. Why not green frosting? Or better yet, shredded coconut colored with green food dye. It looks just like grass.

You can even circle the base of your cake with a rainbow of bunnies holding hands. During Easter time, there is a huge variety of candy available to add to your creation. Why not make an Easter scene on your cake? You don't have to be a master cake decorator to do this. Have fun with it. Try different things. If you don't like what you see, you can take things off and try something else.

Have the kids help! They will love using their imagination and using the brightly colored candies and icings. Check out the cake decorating section of your supermarket for sprinkles, frosting, food dyes, and other fun items. Some of this can be a little pricey. Do not break the bank!

Before you go buying that colored frosting that comes in the tube, try a little do it yourself trick. Buy white frosting and mix it with food dye. Spoon some into the corner of a plastic freezer bag. Now twist the bag just above the frosting. Clip off a tiny bit of the end of that corner. You can now squeeze the frosting out like a professional! The bigger the hole you clip, the larger the stream of frosting. This is much less expensive and tastes a lot better!

Peeps Centerpieces

Not the baking type? You can still have your peeps and play with them too!

Use peeps and candy to make a fun centerpiece. Instead of a cake you can use a large platter, or cover a piece of cardboard with aluminum foil. You can frost this just like a cake to give your peeps something to stand on. Or use a bed of Easter grass.

You can make a simple cute garden scene, or you can really go wild. Small toys make great additions. Use what you have if your kids are willing to lend a hand. Or you can pick up some inexpensive items at a party store or dollar store. Use some jelly beans and you can create an Easter egg hunt scene. Get some small cars and have a peeps drag race!

What about the peeps Olympics? Draw a track with frosting and set up your runners. Toothpicks make excellent javelins. An M&M shot-put? Why not? For the podiums, use cupcakes cut to the right sizes. Still trying to avoid baking. Fine. Stack up some oreos! See how simple it can be? Whatever you can think of you can create with a little imagination.

Being a humanitarian and a bit of an eco-nut I hate wasting food. So I will eat my creations after easter. Well, as long as they haven't been overrun by dust, too many children's sticky hands, or hair from my overly curious cat!

The teacher in me also can't help but try to turn this into a learning experience. If you are sharing this fun with your kids, why not take some time to talk to them about what Easter means, to you and to them, and why bunnies and chickens are part of the celebration.

Most of all, have fun. You are playing with marshmallows!

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    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      ytsenoh - OMG! I love that! I never thought of hiding peeps. I wish I was working now because I would totally put little peeps all over the office. yes. fun and cupcakes is the way to go. :)

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Audra - thank you! bright and cheerful is something we all need once in a while. :)

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      Cathy 

      5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I know two co-workers who hide Peeps routinely in each other's offices. It's been a long time since I've seen Peeps, but had not looked for them. I like that Peeps wreath also, but I'm with you...nothing arduous, just fun and cupcakes are very fun to make. Thanks for this hub.

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      AudraLeigh 

      5 years ago

      I don't like marshmallow but Love this hub! Very bright and cheerful!

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      cbarbar - everyone seem to love that wreath, it is so ambitious. i am more the type to pop a peep on a cupcake. those look fun. .... thanks for stopping by!

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      cbarbar 

      5 years ago

      The peep wreath is really neat! Peeps are so cheerful and bright--there's so much you can do with them besides eating them. I like the pictures of the creative ways Peeps are being used.

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      moonlake - that wreath is totally cool. i don't think i have the patience for it.... thinking abou this hub makes me wnt to bake a cake just so i can put peeps on it!... thank sfor the vote! :)

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Mary- I hope you do try some peep decorations. they are really inexpensive and fun... Have a Happy Easter

      Thanks for the vote and share!

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Stephanie Henkel - Peep creations really are a geat thing to do with kids. It is fun and they are so proud to have made something so special. It's sort of like the Easter version of making a gingebread house.... Thanks fo rthe vote and pin! Have a wonderful spring.

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      bridalletter - So glad that I gave you some ideas. I hope you have fun experimenting..... the wreath does look awesome. I have not attemtept it. That is A LOT of peeps! Maybe I will try a mini version.

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      torrilynn - I alwas played with peeps before eating them, but the decorating cakes never came to mind until I saw other people do it. it is SO much fun.

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      nmdonders - Yes. Peeps and Easter will always be together in my mind. And Cadbury Eggs! Those I love to eat. The peps re more for play because they are just so darn cute!

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      cre8ivOne - Peeps really are more fin to play ith than to eat. I actually like them when they are stale. So I open the package and then eat them about a week later, or more!..... I bet that guy made some awesome peep art!

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      vocalcoach - glad to give you some fun ideas. now you have my permission to go ahead and play with your food.... enjoy!

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      midget38 - thanks for sharing this. peeps really are all about fun!

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Love the wreath how cute. All the ideas for peeps look like fun. Voted up

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      These little guys are so handy for decorating! I don't like to eat them, though. I like the idea of the wreath a lot.

      I'll try using them in my table decoration this Easter.

      Voted UP and will share.

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      Your Cousins 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great suggestions for fun with Peeps, though I'm afraid I'd eat the whole wreath by myself! Voted up and interesting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      These Peeps ideas are adorable! I love the wreath and the idea of making a table centerpiece using Peeps and small toys. What a fun thing to do with kids! I can't say I like to eat Peeps, but they sure are cute for Easter decorating! Voted up and pinned.

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      Brenda Kyle 

      5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      How fun! Peeps are adorable. I always put them in baskets. The huge wreath is impressive. I am getting ideas from your hub, thanks.

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      torrilynn 

      5 years ago

      Hi DanaTeresa,

      I would have never thought to

      Decorate with peeps thanks for this new

      And creative idea for Easter.

      Voted up.

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      Nira Perkins 

      5 years ago

      I love this! These are such great ideas. You can't think of Easter without thinking of Peeps hehe. Thanks for sharing :)

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      cre8ivOne 

      5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      This is fun! I don't really care for the taste of Peeps but I think they are very fun for Easter and lots of other occasions. I once saw a show on the Food Network that had a guy who does works of art with Peeps!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh boy! Now I have learned how to make one of my favorite yummies. You are something else lady! Super versatile and talented. Terrific hub!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for showcasing the versatile peep! I love the bunny with the guitar, that could be me. Thanks for sharing, Dana, and in the spirit of Easter I am passing this hub on!

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Sunshine625 - playing with peeps is SO much better than eating them!!! Thanks for taking a peep at my hub, Linda. Always great to see you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Who would have thought that peeps were so versatile! I always thought you just pop a peep in your mouth! I now know differently. Excellent peeping hub!:)

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      DeborahNeyens - Thanks! They do now offer peeps for Halloween, Valentine's Day, and Christmas (guess those are all still quite a ways off!) but they aren't nearly as fun as the Easter ones.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      I love this! I wish I would have seen it before Easter. I am going to pin it so I don't miss it next year.

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Victoria Lynnn - Wow! Thanks for the compliments... I made a centerpiece this Easter weekend with my 7 year old cousin- with our colored eggs and peeps. It was a lot of fun. I will have to add those pictures to this hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Voted up and all the way across! Peeps ARE cute; I'll give you that. The wreath is cool. And jammin with peeps? Way cool! Great hub. Funny, interesting, creative, and all that. Great job!

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      kidscrafts 

      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Nice ideas to celebrate Easter with a smile! I find the "gladiator" fight really funny :-) Humor is so important and this is a nice way to use it! Good for your!

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Eddy. Thanks so much. Glad you liked it. I used to bake and decorate cakes, cupckaes, cookies. But you are right. Somehow the days have seemed to get shorter, and the purse strings tighter. I really want to share with people some fun ideas that are quick and easy, but can still have a beautiful, or downright silly result. Not everything has to be a professional masterpiece to be great! They can simply be PEEP-tastic! :)

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      I love this beautiful hub;I still enjoy making and decorating cakes;but do not do this often enough;not enough hours the day and all that !!!

      I am bookmarking this one into My 'Best recipes' slot;plus a vote up.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Byron Wolf- Thanks. You can sometimes get those swords in the supermarket where they toothpicks or picnic items are, or any craft or party supply store should have them....When I was working at a cemetery I made a burial scene frpm peeps and easter candies for our kitchen table. It was too cute. Anything to lighten the mood at that kind of job was always welcomed. I wish I had a picture.

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      Byron Wolf 

      6 years ago

      Adorable! I especially like the 'give peeps a chance'. And the wreath. Wonder if the easter bunny will bring peeps this year? Where do they get those little swords at?

    • DanaTeresa profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      trimar7... thanks. cute is what peeps are all about for me. and i love decorating ideas that anyone can do regardless of skill or finances. especially if you can involve your kids. thanks for the heads up about Pinterest. i will check it out.... see you around the hubs

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      trimar7 

      6 years ago from New York

      These are so cute. I especially love the peep wreath. I found a lovely centerpiece on Pinterest with peeps also. Thank you for sharing.

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