Peeps: Eat them, craft them ... kill them?

Peeps, it seems, are a catalyst for creativity.


So to tide you over until Wednesday, when we announce the winners of our 2012 contest, here’s a roundup of some of the sugary DIY that’s out there. And if this avalanche of cute is overwhelming, we’ve also got a look at those who prefer destroying Peeps to creating with them..

EAT THEM


(Courtesy Just Born)

CRAFT THEM


(Courtesy www.flowerduet.com)

Pink bunny Peeps add flair to this Easter bouquet, the work of Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Los Angeles-based shop Flower Duet. It’s not their only Peep-inspired arrangement; they also do a winter version featuring snowman Peeps.

Did you know Peeps grow on jelly bean trees? Okay, maybe not. But Jessie Cross, who blogs at The Hungry Mouse, used her active imagination to come up with this candy topiary:


(Jessie Cross/www.thehungrymouse.com)

(Instructions can be found here. )

Jenni Swenson at Vintage Umbrella also whipped up some Easter-friendly decorations with this Peeps wreath (and a host of other bunny-and-chick crafts):


(Jenni Swenson/Vintage Umbrella blog)

Even pets can get in on the Peeps-themed action — take, for example, these kitty toys. Trish Iriye, whose Etsy shop, misohandmade, specializes in cat gear, sewed organic catnip into Peep-shaped wool felt.


(Courtesy Trish Iriye via Etsy.com)

We imagine the feline reaction is pretty similar to the sugar rush you’ll get after finishing a box of the real thing.

KILL THEM?

You’d think that sweet, innocent Peeps would inspire only happy projects. But it seems some people go to a darker place with their marshmallows. And instead of looking to create, they’re looking to destroy:

Outside of YouTube, there’s an entire site dedicate to Peep destruction techniques — 100 Ways to Kill a Peep. (Fair warning: these ones can get a bit grisly.)

More Peeps:

2012 Peeps Contest

Photos: Best of past Peeps contests


View Photo Gallery: The winners and finalists from five years of The Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest

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