Happy Peepster

The Washington Post does a great contest every spring called the Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. This link provides background info, pictures of the semi-finalists and even videos of the five finalists. I chose to add a picture of one of the finalists, Goodnight Peep, because this is a, uh, semi-literary blog and you’ve all read Goodnight Moon, right?

The point of the contest is to build a diorama using marshmallow peeps as a major component of the construction. The diorama could be based on current or historical events, art, music, literature, movies — whatever.

When you need a writing break, cruise through Peep Show 2010 and look at some of the creations, look at the videos, look at past Peep Shows. Bring the kids/grandkids; it’s a lot of fun!


It was a beautiful week-end here on our little island. The sun shone, the air was warm, the buds are in full-tilt boogie. Earth put on a glorious celebration of spring with its message of rebirth and hope for the future.

Happy Easter! Happy Passover!

12 comments to Happy Peepster

  • Dioramas are so fun. I loved making these little worlds when I was a kid.

    The smell of Play Doh, construction paper and Elmer’s paste takes me right back to those carefree days when volcanoes, dinosaurs, and tropical palm trees lived inside a shoebox in my bedroom. What wonderful memories.

    I’m off to take a peek at the Peep Show.

  • OMG – I love this! For whatever reason, dioramas really knock my socks off. I used to make them for my book reports in elementary school whenever given the choice. Add Peeps to the mix and there’s basically nothing cooler!

    Did you ever see the National Geographic Peep photo contest? It’s so cute to see pics of little Peeps before the Taj Majal, Mt. Rushmore, Eiffel Tower…you name it. So adorable!

  • Natasha

    Oh, I definitely need to check out the National Geographic peeps!

    I love dioramas too. I schlepped my son’s 4th grade Indian diorama 1200 miles when we moved here. It was HUGE and no one could believe I brought it (including Alex). I finally got rid of it a couple of years ago when it looked like bugs were interested in setting up housekeeping in the felt teepee.

    But it’s on page one of my novel. 🙂

  • Oh, this takes me back – dioramas used to be my favorite thing to do in school – they should really be mandatory throughout life. And frankly, since I don’t like eating Peeps at all, I can’t think of a better thing to do with them!!

  • Ok, this must have been an east coast thing? I have never heard of the term diorama, nor have ever made one. I feel so left out! (But I also think it’s the best thing to do with those little fluffs of sugar -make them into something instead of eating them!)
    Wait – my 15 yr old grandson is here with me this week and he says he has made them before. Ok, maybe it was just my grade that skipped them….

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    Sometimes I visit just to enjoy her photography.

  • Hi, Natasha! Thanks for your kind words about my silly INTERN post. Oddly, I had zero trouble coming up with any of the material for it. Jemima just spoke through me in between puffs on her cigar.

    Yes, I LOVE the Peeps contest, too. Did you see the original winner two years back? He did Marilyn Monroe in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes.” Said it took him like 40 hours to complete. Gotta love that level of commitment.

    Cheers and happy blogging!

    • Natasha

      Hi Kristen,

      Thanks for visiting! I thought a lot of the entries from past years were better than this year’s, but maybe I’m getting jaded…. I LOVED Aretha’s hat from the Inauguration last year, and of course Nightpeeps. I just went back and looked at some early Peeps. I’m in awe, as I am when reading all the talented bloggers and their wonderful writing as they/we struggle to get published.

      So much creativity floating around! Too bad it doesn’t generally pay the bills.

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