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Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Peeps - Wreath/Candle Ring Tutorial

Peeps Stamp From CTMH My Peeps Set
 *** Lots of pictures ***

I have never eaten a Peep because I prefer to get my empty calories from chocolate.  But, I do think they are very cute.  When I saw this stamp set, I knew immediately that I wanted to make the adorable bunny peeps into a wreath.  Because it was going to take a lot of peeps to go around even a smallish circle, I decided to try to figure out how to cut the shape with my Silhouette Cameo.  It was easy! The free software that comes with the machine is very intuitive to figure out. I haven't had time to read the manual, yet I still managed to get a shape that fit the stamped image very well, even if I say so myself. Lol.
Candle Ring Made With Shapes Cut With Cameo
The Cameo cut out lots and lots of Peeps in Bubblegum, (retired) Sunny Yellow, and Sky cardstock.  While that was happening, it seemed like a good time to pull out the Martha Stewart Large Circle Cutter and figure out what size wreath to cut.
A six inch diameter with a four inch opening is what I settled upon. Then I stamped about 30 of the Peep shapes using black ink.
Colonial White Cardstock 6" Wreath Shape
The picture below shows a trial run of the placement to make sure the bunnies would fit properly with the pillar candle I stamped.
Easter Eggs Stamped On Tissue Paper and Colored With Pencils
The bunnies were glued onto the cardstock with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  Here they are before I spritzed them with Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint mixed with water.

I thought it would be cute to have them rest on a layer of Easter grass.  The picture below shows the back of the wreath as more glue is being applied.

I smooshed a bunch of grass into the glue and gave it a couple of minutes to dry.  It didn't take much glue to get the grass to stick.
Backside of Wreath With Easter Grass Adhered
"happy easter to my peeps happy easter to my peeps" is the sentiment on the stamp that comes with the set.  I thought it would make a fun banner across the center of the wreath. I used yellow Fun Flock on a couple of the Peeps to anchor the banner.
Pearl Painted Peeps Around Outside of Wreath
To keep it as a candle-ring, I would have skipped the banner and ribbon on the back from which to hang it.  This was a very easy and fairly quick project once the die cut was drawn. :-)

Fun Flocked Peep
Any fun shape can easily be turned into a wreath or candle-ring for any decor or occasion. It will be something that I come back to again because it is very inexpensive and adds a nice change to my home's decorations.

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