What are you wearing to the Easter parade? We had a lot of fun crafting with PEEPS this weekend, but alas, created nothing wearable. PEEPS were a favorite of mine as a kid, and while I no longer relish the sugar overload, they still have a “soft” spot in my heart.
When I saw this Sunflower PEEPS Topiary in Woman’s Day, I fell in love with the bright, springtime colors (if you have the April 17 issue, you’ll also want to check out the Easter Egg Topiary on page 57 for a slightly more sophisticated centerpiece). I poked around online and saw quite a few other variations, including this one from Just Born, Inc., makers of PEEPS marshmallow shapes. Just for sentimental reasons, I knew I had to make one.
I decided to make my topiary with PEEPS marshmallow bunnies and a cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. It couldn’t have been easier! I completed my Bunny Topiary in less than 15 minutes, and received many “ooohs” and “ahhhs” from my daughter.
Bolstered by this snappy success, I started my second topiary using PEEPS marshmallow chicks. I decided to get fancy with topiary #2 and spiral the chicks around the cone. Not such a good idea . . . first, I tried making spirals with individual chicks, then with entire rows of chicks. In the end, I found all those PEEPS looked like colorful blobs and nothing more.Following another last-minute dash to the store for more PEEPS, I went back to the original concept and glued the peeps on in straight rows around the cone. To top it, I made a small nest from Easter grass and added a chick and a few candy eggs.
In my mind, the bunny topiary is the hands-down winner. It was quick and easy, and those bunnies look so darn cute. The shape of the chicks is less distinct and more blob like, leaving you squinting and saying “hmm, just what ARE those?”
Here’s what I used for the bunny topiary:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 9” x 5” cone
- PEEPS: 20 – 22 blue; 18 purple; 10 green; and 2 yellow
- Low temp glue gun
Glue bunnies around cone in rows, starting at the bottom. Continue working up and around the cone till it’s covered. That’s it! (If you’re using chicks, glue down the bodies only and not the tails so that you can slightly overlap the next row and fill in some of the blank spots.)
To win supplies to make your own PEEPS topiary, leave a comment below telling us if you prefer the bunny or chick topiary. On Friday, I’ll select a name and send out one cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and enough PEEPS marshmallow chicks or bunnies (your choice) for you to make your own topiary.
For a second chance to win, go to our Facebook page, “Like” us and then post a photo of your own Easter craft made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam on our Facebook wall. We will send one dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to the first three people who post photos of their Easter crafts made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
So, tell us below, which do you prefer, bunnies or chicks? And post your photos on our Facebook page.
Can’t wait to hear from you!
**NOTE: This giveaway is closed.