The Washington Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest has a long and storied history, starting all the way back in 2007. It’s a simple concept: Make an elaborate diorama, but with Peeps. As the contest has grown, so has the malleability of the marshmallow-y treat. Not only do Peeps come in bird and rabbit shapes, Peeps also come in far more flavors now, too, including the very confusing Hot Tamales Peeps. There’s even a Peeps cereal: a Lucky Charms-esque breakfast filled to the brim with mini-Peeps.
The Washington Post’s Peeps diorama contest returns on TikTok
Check out the 2022 entries below
While the American Dream lives on, and thrives in this sparkly treat, The Post’s Peeps diorama contest nearly died. After being discontinued in 2017, the Peeps were left without a shoe box for four straight years. Enter The Washington Post TikTok Team.
@washingtonpost It's not too late to submit for this year's Peeps diorama contest! Winners will be announced live on TikTok, Friday at 3 pm ET. Make sure to tag us and use the hashtag: #PostPeeps2022 ♬ original sound - We are a newspaper.
Starting in 2021, we revived the contest on TikTok. In the midst of lockdown, we received more than 80 elaborate cabin-fever-induced submissions. The revived contest once again allows Post readers to submit their dioramas in picture form, but they’re also encouraged to show off their dioramas in a TikTok.
After asking our 1.3 million TikTok followers for Peeps dioramas, we were once again overwhelmed with TikTok and photo submissions — and one lengthy YouTube video from a very creative 7-year-old. The dioramas were judged on the following criteria:
Theme: These are often film references or news stories. Typically, the best themes are relevant to the year of the contest. See: this year’s “Squid Game” submission.
Originality: While Peeps have become more versatile, there’s only so much you can do with the two basic shapes. Contestants who really find a way to create an original master-peep-ce truly succeed.
Craftsmanship: Although a diorama typically exists within a shoe box, this is more about what someone can do with a small space and with the tools available to them in their apartment, house or Peep-filled castle.
Showmanship: This is where the new TikTok element comes into play. For those who submit their Peep dioramas on TikTok, this is where they can get a leg up on the competition. The local PBS station out of Minneapolis demonstrated that in this year’s Mister Rogers-themed PeepTok.
Edibility: Can you eat it? How much of it can you eat? Does the shoe box look edible? Is it cake? Am I cake? This category confused our judges (and likely readers) the most.
The winners will be announced Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Watch live exclusively on TikTok. In the meantime, here are a dozen of our favorite entries this year:
This TikTok creator and Peep lover managed to incorporate a Peep-themed magazine cover and a dog.
@jonathanwarrenthedog I’ll say it again, I think this year belongs to Peep Davidson. #postpeeps2022 #peeps ♬ original sound - don’t spam like :(
That first game in “Squid Game” was shocking television, but nothing compares to this red-icing-laced Peep massacre.
A Peep inside Canada
Canada has so much to offer. We’re grateful for this Peep inside.
@longcovidlife My entry for this year’s @washingtonpost Peeps Diorama Contest. #postpeeps2022 @Ryan Reynolds ♬ Life Is a Highway - Tom Cochrane
Mallowline in Paris
With its cookie hats and Peep children, this Madeline-inspired diorama checked all the judging boxes, especially our fifth and most important principle: edibility.
‘Look at the Booones!’
This Monty Python submission was better than the movie. Huge kudos to Sandy Bucceri and her 7-year-old son, David.
‘This is fine’
Bradley Roan dusted off a classic meme for this totally peaceful (everything is fine!) diorama.
‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’
Who better to bring Mr. Peep Rogers to life than a local PBS station. The stop-motion here earned some huge showmanship points from our judges.
@twincitiespbs Hey @We are a newspaper. Will you be our neighbor? #postpeeps2022 #misterrogersneighborhood #pbskids #twincitiespbs ♬ original sound - Official._ Shows
Washington Post TikTok Team
More than 1,000 Washington Post TikToks were created in Dave’s apartment, which was re-created for this TikTok. User @july7girl even incorporated the sound from an original Post TikTok.
@july7girl When your favorite tik tok account hosts a peep diorama contest, you have to create the best diorama you can! @We are a newspaper. #PostPeeps2022 #postpeeps2022 ♬ original sound - We are a newspaper.
Salem Peep Trial
Some people make a Peep diorama for fun, some people create one for homework. This CalCreative eighth-grade class deserves an A+.
Finally! An entry that incorporated Peeps cereal. The judges took notice of this new and original use of Peeps.
Red Hot Chili Peepers at 9:30 Club
Dream of Cali-Peep-ication. This Peep concert diorama rocked. Display it in the Smithsonian, or the actual 9:30 Club.
@lauraloujeu Am I missing shows at the @9:30 Club a little more than usual these days? Yes, yes I am #postpeeps2022 ♬ Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Washington Post Peeps Hunt
In the spirit of bringing back beloved Washington Post traditions like the Peep diorama contest, TikTok user @acirehtote made a strong case for the return of The Post scavenger hunt.
@acirehtote Hey @We are a newspaper., please consider this our formal plea to bring back the Washington Post Hunt. #PostPeeps2022 #WashingtonPostHunt #Peeps #WashingtonPeepsHunt ♬ Baby Come Back - Player
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