A quick PEEP at spring specimen art

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So it hit me this morning that Easter is only three weeks away and I have nothing Spring or Easter-ish up around the house.

In some ways, this is nothing new. I gave up trying to lighten up years ago after I realized that all of my pastel decor violently clashed with my new overly red upstairs.

But this morning I decided that I don’t care.

The snow every-other-day thing is getting me down and I need some color in my house. Plus, I figure there’s got to be ways to make “light” play nice with all the dark colors in my house.

So in true THRIVE style, I riffled around the house to see what I could find for inspiration and came up with Easter candy. Lots and lots of Easter candy.


So I broke open those adorable PEEP bunny packages and sorted the jelly beans and wound up with Easter specimen art cute enough to eat.

And the best part was that this project came together in under ten minutes.

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I really wanted to make these with shadow boxes like all the other cute specimen art floating around blogland.  But I didn’t have any, so I cheated and Rocked What I Got.

I grabbed three frames from my living room …

… popped out the glass and cut white poster board to fit the frames.

To make the PEEPS display, I cut each bunny in half using an old pair of scissors.

Using a knife, even with non-stick cooking spray is a nightmare. Please don’t ask me how I know this.

Arrange the bunnies how you’d like and then gently, but firmly press to the poster board. The marshmallow is plenty sticky to hold those bad boys in place without any extra glue.

Measuring is also a good thing. I eyeballed it and was a little off. Oh well.

Just to be safe, I let my PEEP art sit for an hour to make sure it was good and attached before popping it back in the frame and hanging.

And as for the little blue bunny on the bottom row, I couldn’t resist. :)

And as for all of those unused bunny halves … 

… my kids created their own lovely hybrid PEEPS to munch on for lunch snack. Thoughtful ones my kids are.

The jelly bean art came together just as easily. 

I tried cutting them in half to see if they’d stick to the poster board on their own as well, but it’s a pain to carefully cut through each one without fracturing the outer shell. No biggie. They’re small enough anyway that it worked out fine to use them whole.

A generous dollop of Gorilla glue …

… done and done. 

Just to be safe, I let these sit for an hour as well since I didn’t know how well the glue would adhere to the candy coating.

Worked like a charm.

Houston, we have Easter Art.

Ah, much better.

The house is already feeling more Spring-ish which is good since we’ve got more snow on the way. Lovely.

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  1. clever - cute - and cheap. My favorite combination. :)

  2. One word. GENIUS. thanks for stopping by my blog! Love yours!

  3. This is awesome! I actually laughed out loud at how cute and adorable it is and how clever too! I want to make me this as well!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Love it...Little bugs said "Oh poor blue bunny, mama can I have one too?" (I had such a giggle!)
    I couldn't do this here though. No way my hubby is going to let me glue perfectly good Jelly beans. His favorite candy ...

  5. Ha! Love the peeps art. The fact that one is half eaten is just hilarious. Can't say I'm a big fan of the culinary aspect of the peep but they sure make great specimen art.

  6. This is so cute! What a clever and quick way to decorate for the season. The half-eaten peep is the best part! LOL.

  7. I love this! Peeps are the best, and I too love the one with the bitten off head- it makes the project! I'd worry my kids or hubby would take the jelly beans and eat them!

    BTW, have you ever put peeps in the microwave? Kids love it!

  8. I found you via Craft Gossip, love the peep art! Great idea cutting them with scissors!

    @Quilted Cupcake- LOL my aunt did that last year for my kids at my grandma's house, two days ago when we arrived again, the first words my son said to her were "Do you have any of those bunny things to blowup?" hehehe

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I'm going to do this right now! Rainy day...

    PS that picture of the jelly beans in the frame, from the table's view, with the shadows... gorgeous. Frame THAT for Easter! :)

  10. I love that you have one of the bunnies partially eaten :D

  11. Loving this idea! I LOVE Peeps. If think if I were to try and make this, almost all of them would be missing part of their heads.. LOL!!

  12. these are TOOO cute. peeps are such a fun easter craft!!

    I'd love for you to link this up to my new link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-1.html

  13. I love the peep art. The best part is the one that has a little bit mark!

  14. OMG I love the Peeps! I can't stand eating them but they are so cute! LOVE IT.

    Visiting from Blue Cricket Deisgn!

  15. So freaking cute! I'm glad you gave a little chomp to one of the bunnies!!! It makes it real!!!! I will be highlighting this today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. So fun!

  16. Um this is fantastic! I may make one for my dh to take to work to decorate the place up for Easter.

    I LOVE the one in the bottom that is half-eaten! LOL

  17. I love peeps, I look forward to them every year. I like how one is half eaten, I would definitely want to eat the artwork.

  18. Oooh I super love this! What an awesome idea!

    Ally @ Tinywalletstyle.com

  19. This really is cute! I don't like the taste of Peeps but I sure think they are colorful and cute looking! This is perfect!

  20. Love the peep art! And the bite was a special touch! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at http://www.suzyssitcom.com and link this project!


  21. I LOVE the one with the bite out of it! SO CUTE!! I'd love it if linked up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101 http://thrifty101.blogspot.com/2011/04/diy-thrifty-thursday-10.html

  22. I made a TOY STORY peeps diorama its super cute, you can see it here & Vote :)

  23. These frames turned out cute! The peeps are surprisingly adorable!! Especially the headless one! ;)

  24. Oh my word, the bright colors caught my eye at Show & Tell, the eaten bunny cracks me up!

  25. OK, seriously adorable...I love the little peep with the bite missing...just perfect!

  26. Ok..so this would never last in my house! the kids would be swiping one every time they passed by. I thought instead of using glue for the jb's I would use posterboard for the backing as well as the mat. Then I would poke thumbtacks through the back of the poster board and pop a jb on that. karo syrup might help if I need it to be stickier.....just so they could still eat the candy when Easter was over...

  27. ok, i made these..so cute! but, just as i expected, my 2yo waited for the opportune moment and swiped one of the rabbits, or i should say half of one of the rabbits..then he moved on to the jelly beans. he ate at least half of those too! i had seven rows of 6 or 7 beans. for him to have eaten half he had to be fast! I laughed at the whole episode. it was kinda funny. he had asked and asked to eat those can-ees....i have no picture documentation. darnit! and i ate all the left over jelly beans..hehe!

  28. btw i used hot glus for the jelly beans, the glue just peels off the beans and the bunnies stick just great all by themselves!


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