Peeps Spring Wreath

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To say that Bo (my two and a half year old son) is excited about this wreath is an understatement! When he woke up from his nap earlier this week and saw this hanging on the door, he exclaimed, "Ooooh what's that?! What's that?!" He was disappointed when he quickly realized he couldn't eat the wreath but he still liked looking at it. This little project was so easy and would be really fun to do with your kids or grandkids.

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peeps spring wreath

-Peeps (I used 4 packs and didn't use all of the bunnies or eggs.)
-Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac (This is very important, because you need to cover the marshmallows to preserve them.)
-Hi-Temp mini glue gun (I started out with my Ad-tech I've had for years but unfortunately it went to crafting heaven as soon as I tried to use it for this project so I had to go buy a new gun--an Elmer's Hi-Temp mini glue gun.)
-mini glue sticks
-ribbon (I started out thinking I was going to use some leftover white ribbon I had on hand but once the wreath was almost finished, I decided to use a wider ribbon I had on hand for another project.)
-pool noodle
-X-Acto knife

*Not pictured:
-Easter basket filler (shredded paper)

peeps spring wreath

STEP 1: Spray Peeps with shellac
I did a little research before starting this project to see what other people were using to preserve food items in craft projects so they didn't have any uninvited guests coming along to admire their work (aka: bugs and other critters). The majority of sites I came across used some sort of shellac, so I bought this shellac spray. I gave the Peeps three light coats of shellac on all sides.

peeps spring wreath

STEP 2: Cut pool noodle in half (optional)
While the Peeps were drying, I used my X-Acto knife to cut the pool noodle in half (long ways). You don't have to do this step but I didn't want to get started on gluing my Peeps and the wreath end up being too bulky, and to be quite honest, I did this thinking that the flat part of the noodle would sit flat against the door. WRONG! The noodle wanted to bend it's normal way so the flat part was still "inside" when I joined the ends (you'll see how I improvised in STEP 4). I know I could have made slits in the noodle for the flat part to sit against the door but I thought of a different idea.

peeps spring wreath

STEP 3: Hot glue ends of pool noodle
Next, I applied hot glue to one end of the pool noodle...

peeps spring wreath

...then, I joined the ends of the pool noodle together and them together until the glue was dry.

peeps spring wreath

STEP 4: Add Easter basket filler to inside of wreath (optional)
After the base of my wreath was made, I took some Easter basket filler I had on hand for another project and started hot gluing it to the inside (flat part) of the pool noodle.

peeps spring wreath

I hot glued the filler all the way around the inside of the pool noodle, going back and gluing down any fly-away pieces that didn't want to lay nicely.

See how important my hot glue gun is? I hardly do any craft without it!

peeps spring wreath

STEP 5: Hot glue Peeps
After the inside of my wreath had it's "nest", I applied hot glue to the back of the Peeps and created a pattern with them around the edge of my wreath.

peeps spring wreath

The pattern I chose to do was a yellow bunny, a pink Peep, and a blue Peep. I used 5 eggs for the bottom of the inside of the wreath.

peeps spring wreath

STEP 6: Add Easter basket filler to outside of wreath (optional)
Once all of the Peeps were around my wreath, I felt it still looked like it needed something so I decided to use the remaining filler I had around the outside of the wreath.

peeps spring wreath

STEP 7: Add ribbon
Finally, I took a strip (about 6") of wide ribbon and wrapped around the last part of my wreath (I wanted my wreath a little off to the side rather than right in the middle). Then, I cut another piece of ribbon and created a bow, hot gluing it to my wreath.

peeps spring wreath

I'm so happy with how this spring-y wreath came out! I had an initial vision of the wreath and it didn't turn out anything as I had imagined but even though things didn't exactly go the way I had planned (starting from my old, trusty glue gun dying), I think it turned out pretty cute. I don't eat Peeps but now I have a reason to grab them when they're on sale!
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Ethel Hamilton Wells
    on Mar 8, 2019

    Where did you buy the Shelac from?

    • Lah
      on Mar 8, 2019

      Any hardware or home improvement store should have it. Some places where they sell craft materials may also carry it.

  • GMS
    on Mar 8, 2019

    I assume you cannot hang this outdoors, would it withstand outdoor weather?

    • Jill Ron Pike
      on Mar 30, 2019

      @ Tami...The Peeps are sealed with shellac to keep bugs away. If they're completely sealed, bugs aren't going to be interested.

  • Tami
    on Mar 19, 2019

    Does it draw bugs? Ants? Lotta sugar in those peeps

    • Jill Ron Pike
      on Mar 30, 2019

      The Peeps are sealed with shellac. As long as they're completely covered, bugs won't be interested.

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  • P
    on Mar 8, 2019

    Sadly, in Southeast Louisiana, rodents, roaches & even birds would nibble I fear - in side or out despite the shellac! Heck even our resident raccoons & possums would make an attempt I bet!

    & our 110% humidity & heat - yep, it's 87 degrees already in March - would melt the marshmallow.

    • Nan
      on Mar 9, 2019

      You could hang it inside in a window

  • P
    on Mar 11, 2019

    It's a sweet thought - but we can't even use the bread ornaments - also shellac-ed - that I brought back from Ecuador, on our Christmas tree - the "palmetto bugs" the euphemism for our 2" long flying roaches are so bad - they also eat the glue out of our books as do our silverfish - althought cinnamon I recently learned will combat the silverfish!

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