Sunday, April 10, 2011

Iron Craft 15: Bunny or Chick? Marshmallow Topiary

This week's Iron Craft Challenge is to use Marshmallow peeps or bunnies in a different way.  Since microwaving peeps with toothpicks so they joust really isn't a craft, I had to think of something else.

So, I present my Marshmallow Topiary.

Topiary supplies
Materials
Square vase
12 inch long dowel
8 Peeps Bunnies
Bunny shaped marshmallows (half a bag)
Glue Gun
Shredded green paper (not shown)
3" styrofoam ball
2" styrofoam ball or cube
Ribbon

Directions
Put two Bunnies on each of three sides of the vase, (facing outward).  If you're using a ball for the base, put some hot glue on the bottom of the ball and put it in the middle of the vase then squeeze in the remaining two bunnies (I used a knife between them and the vase to squeeze them in and avoid messing up their faces).
Topiary Base 2 Topiary Base

Next use the hot glue gun to cover the bigger styrofoam ball  (3") with the bunny marshmallows.  I found it was just as easy to put some of the glue on the ball and then put a bunch of marshmallows on.  But if you're having problems with the glue melting the ball you can put the glue on the marshmallow and then put it on the ball.
Topiary close up

Next take the ribbon and wrap it around the dowel rod and secure each end with a bit of glue.  Then, put a dab of glue on one end of the dowel and insert it into the ball that is in the vase.  Put glue on the other end and put the other ball on that end.  Then, finish it up by covering the base ball with shredded green paper or Easter grass.

IC15: Marshmallow Topiary

Do you have any great crafts to do with Marshmallow peeps?  Check out the Iron Craft flickr pool for more ideas!

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