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Peeps "Easter Place Card"

PEEP!

 


And for the boys …

 

 

 

Today’s project reminds me of something out of “Karen’s Kraft Korner!”.   You know, the kind of crafts I’m talking about.  The ones that involve that dry, dusty feeling construction paper and children’s scissors. That distinct sound of the scissors cutting the paper is unforgettable.

These Peep Place cards don’t actually contain any of those materials, but they do evoke that certain, old time, crafty feeling.   I like it.  It reminds me of being in Mrs. Hambly’s kindergarden class.  Which also reminds me of how she didn’t pick me to count to 100 until the school year was almost over.  So I was one of the last kids to get a gold star on the board with my name on it.  Even though I knew how to count to 100 when I was 3.  That still makes me angry actually.  WOW!  The things we hold onto.  Correction.  The things I hold onto.  Although I’m sure if you think back to your childhood there are a few incidents that stand out.  Things that for some reason, pissed your little 5 or 7 or 10 year old self off and you still remember them.

The worst part about my whole Kindergarden counting fiasco, is it was the last time I was any good at math.  My one and only shot in life to impress anyone with my math skills was lost.

 

Instructions/Materials for Peep Place Cards

Package of Peeps

Wood skewers

Moss

Base material (I’ve used a slice of wood which I got in a box from Dollarama … you could also use a small rock, square of wood or whatever)

Hot glue gun

Index card (cut it super-small, fold it in half and write person’s name on it)

1.  Cut/break the skewer to 3 or 4 inches.  If you’re doing a bunch, it’d be fun to do them all different lengths so your Peeps are all at different heights.

2.  Shove the pointy end of the skewer up the Peep’s butt.

3.  Squeeze a glob of hot glue onto your base surface.

4.  Stick the end of the skewer into the blob of glue.  Add a bit more glue around the base of the skewer.

5.  While it’s still hot, shove a tiny bit of moss around the glue to cover it up.  Plus it kindda looks like a nest.

6.  If you’re doing the “boy” Peep, cut some of the skewer up, run a line of hot glue along the Peep’s  head and stick the bits of skewer on.

7.  Run a line of hot glue where you want the “name” to go and stick it on.

8.  Don’t forget to breathe.  To breathe, suck air in and then let air seep out.

9.  You’re done.

 

If you have these on your table will it be screaming “Classy affair! Classy affair!”.  No.  It will not.  Will it scream “You’re sitting at the table of a super-cool, hipster”.  Definitely not.  It will scream cute however.  Not having Easter dinner?   Not a problem.  I did a little grouping of these at all different heights on a table and it looked GREAT.  A really fantastic Easter decoration all around.

Just so you’re forewarned (don’t you hate it when people don’t forewarn you of things?) Peeps are all attached together when you buy them.  So when you pull them apart, all of the middle Peeps won’t have any wings!  They’re horrible, mutant looking things.  The only useable Peeps are the ones on the end. And even those peeps only have one wing!   So every package of Peeps only has 2 useable Peeps, unless you’d like to construct Peep wings out of construction paper.  The dry, dusty type that reminds you of math.

Click below to hear the sweet song of a real Easter chick!

Peep!


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41 Responses to Peeps "Easter Place Card"

  1. Diana says:

    Adorable! My step-mom will flip over these. :)

  2. Connor says:

    These are adorable.
    But first let me say that that easter chick sounds… cute. And that I’m still laughing.

    Seriously, this is an amazing idea, the only thing about it is that I don’t know how I would keep my family from eating them.
    Also, I really need to open a dollar store here. Every time I think, ‘Oh, that’s cute, I wonder where Karen got it?’ it’s invariably the damn dollar store.
    And Karen? If you like, you’re welcome to count to 100 now. You can be first. We’ll all listen. :D

  3. Shauna says:

    The Easter chick in that audio clip sounds like she might wear a leather motorcycle jacket and be the girlfriend of “Norm.”

  4. Laura says:

    Looks like part of this craft includes eating the middle peeps.

  5. I think I heard somewhere that Peeps are an important part of the Crossfit diet.

  6. Janelle says:

    So…I don’t know how to ask this, so I’ll just take a deep breath, ignore that voice in my head that says don’t publicly ask a question that everyone in the world knows the answer to except you, and just ask: what is a peep? I mean, I see that it is an object vaguely shaped like a baby chick, but…is it edible? Do you eat a peep?

    • Karen says:

      Janelle – Peeps are marshmallow chicks that come stuck together in packs of 5. OOps. I thought everyone knew what Peeps were! Sorry! ~ karen

  7. Candy says:

    Excuse me because I am British but what on earth is a peep?

    Candy

    • Karen says:

      Candy – A Peep is a marshmallow treat shaped (sort of) like a baby chick. They’re covered in some sort of sugary coating. They’re disgustingly sweet and in my opinion aren’t actually fit for human consumption. But that’s just me. I’m a chips/crisps gal. :) ~ karen

    • JennyM says:

      AND, there are violently differing opinions on whether or not you should eat a Peep fresh, or let it go stale. My husband always swore that they were best if you open the package, put them in a drawer, and forget about them for a month, and THEN eat them. But I have a sneaking suspicion that he only took that position so he could claim he left that open package of Peeps in that drawer on purpose.

      • Karen says:

        JennyM – LOL! I can only imagine Peeps are better when stale. ‘Cause they’re pretty gross fresh. Blech. Soooooo sweet. I’ll stick some in a drawer and get back to you. ~ karen

  8. Susan says:

    Hey, don’t knock the mutant peeps stuck in the middle!! With some silver fondant wings and red cinnamon eyes they’d make awesome killer cyborg chicken placecards for Halloween.

  9. Cheryl says:

    The middle peeps would be great for toasting! Stick one of those skewers up the middle peep’s butt then hold it over the flame on your stovetop until the peep begins to turn a little brown. Yum!!!

  10. CJ says:

    My cat wanted to eat the computer speakers to work out where the freaky “peeps” were coming from…I suspect she thinks she can take on anything…

  11. Stephanie Krajicek says:

    Karen,

    Have you seen the Peeps diorama contest held each year by the Washington Post? I have a childhood friend that participates each year — it’s amazing! And kind of crazy…
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/magazine/peeps2010/index.html

  12. I think the “real Easter chick” may have a smoking problem…

  13. Robbin says:

    Lady…you are seriously crazy! LMAO!!!!!!!!

  14. Michelle says:

    These are so cute they make me want to have a dinner party . . . I suppose I’d have to actually buy dining room chairs first though right? Darn:(

    • Karen says:

      Michelle – You could fashion some out of Peep! Just let them get stale and firm first (obviously!). ~ karen

  15. Christal Lewis says:

    Karen,

    To make it more realistic but not quite as festive, you could do the peeps on newspaper with icing suger poo underneath.

    Christal

    • Karen says:

      Christal ~ Wow! Um. Sure! You really are taking these to a whole ‘nother classy level aren’t you? LOL. ~ karen

  16. Adorable!! I love how you made the rooster!!! =)

    Melanie’s Randomness

  17. leslie says:

    Put the rest of the peeps in the microwave and watch them PUFF WAY UP!

  18. Denise says:

    I have been wondering what do do with some tiny grapevine wreaths I have. I am going to sit a peep in one with some grass. I have a meeting tomorrow with my secretarial girls and I’m going to put one with each folder. :D Thank You KraftyKaren!

  19. Julie shinnick says:

    I have never seen those Peeps….
    The only ones I have seen here are the fluffy type, but this would work perfectly as well. Although I couldn’t microwave them if they gave me trouble!
    Hmmmm…..nice project for the people I support, they’ll love it!

    Thanks, (again!)

  20. Karen says:

    Finally…someone else who agrees that Peeps are best eaten after they have been allowed to “air” out for several days. I like mine a bit on the crusty side. My family seems to think I am nuts. I often open up the package and then let them sit on the counter to dry out.

  21. marilyn says:

    i love easter! and yes we all hang onto stuff from our childhood…loke the time i spelled one word wrong in my spelling half scribbler ( i went to a catholic school..i am sure the protestants got a whole book) and did NOT get a gold star, i distinctly remember crying to my mom, i was devastated as i prided myself on my spelling. and the time my grade three teacher slapped me across the face! the shock of it all! i am 52 yrs old and still see that horrible woman on a regular basis and cringe every time i see her. i was traumatised for life. and now i am upset because i don’t know if traumatised has a z or an s.

    • Karen says:

      OH my God Marilyn! That last part about the spelling made me laugh spittle right onto my computer screen! ~ karen

  22. Sheila says:

    Norm’s got ‘tude! I like that. ;-) All these kindergarten references reminded me of how my kg teacher actually raised chickens and each year would bring in the eggs in an incubator to hatch, then we’d have the baby chicks in the class for several days before she’d take them home. All my older brothers & sisters had this same teacher (in California) and it’s one of our best memories of Mrs. Elliott.

    Oh. And another idea for Peeps: let them crust over (yes, I said crust), then roast them over the campfire for s’mores. The sugar coating is awesome!

    • Karen says:

      Sheila – Huh! Peeps are a more far reaching delicacy than I ever imagined. :) That’s a great story about kindergarden by the way. I’d LOVE to raise chickens. This gal, Jenn inspires me … to do it in the city ~ karen

    • Mary Kay says:

      ABSOLUTELY!!! I HATE Peeps. Hate them. Have always hated them. Until, about two years ago, I was certain they were inedible.

      But you’re correct. They’re marshmallows, right? Toast one over a wood fire and you create a cotton candy-esque coating over a toasted marshmallow middle. Not my _favorite_ snack, but actually quite tasty.

  23. Stefanie says:

    Here is some Very Important Scientific Important Information about Peeps: http://www.peepresearch.org/

    I particularly like the solubility testing, and the incredible research into the effects of smoking and alcohol on Peeps.

  24. Evalyn says:

    This is cute, but I have an itch to make it 100% edible. (It’s my mother’s voice in my head, saying: “Waste. It’s a waste!” It’s peeps, mom, chill.)

    Anyway, I think, a cookie for the base, a pretzel stick for the leg (and comb), colored shredded coconut for grass, peeps, and some icing to stick it all together. In my version you may have to leave out the leg and just stick the peep to the cookie. And let it set out for three or four days until the sugar coating on the peep turns to a crust. That’s when they get edible.

  25. Now this is one sweet tweet!

    Adorable.

    I am having a spring craft linky party and giveaway on my blog this Friday. I would love for you to showcase this wonderful project.

    Details are on my blog today.

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