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Published April 24th 2021
Create something pretty from leftover orange peel
There's nothing like the sweet but slightly tangy taste of freshly squeezed orange juice. It tastes all the better if you juiced it yourself, but what do you do with the orange peel? One fun way of recycling the peel is to make orange peel blossoms that you can use to make table decorations, hat decorations, broaches, necklaces and bracelets. Here's how.

Orange peel flowers blossoms
Orange peel blossoms

Step 1

First, use a spoon to scoop out any leftover pulp from the half-rounds of peel. Give the peel a quick wash and dry with a tea towel.

Clean the orange peel
Remove all pulp from the inside

Step 2

Select half-rounds of decreasing sizes and cut each of them into the shape of a flower (see below).

Orange peel recycle craft citrus
Cut the peel to form petals.

You should end up with 3 orange peels of decreasing size which can be stacked to create a single flower. If you wish, cut out a small circle to cover the centre.

Recycle orange peel craft project diy
Cut out flowers in different sizes.

Step 3

Assemble the layers to form a single flower.

Diy recycle orange citrus peel flowers
Assemble the flower.

Step 4

Use a needle and thread to secure each part of the flower in place. Alternatively, you can use a glue gun.

Diy recycle orange citrus peel flowers
Secure with needle and thread.

Step 5

Place the flowers in a hot, dry place until the orange peel is dry. If you wish, you can speed the drying process up by using the oven. The latter gives your kitchen a lovely fragrance.

Diy recycle citrus orange peel flowers jewellery
Dry the flowers.

Once dry, the orange peel flowers will reduce in size by about a third.

Orange peel flowers
After drying.

Step 6

You can then dye, spray paint or paint the flowers with a paintbrush. Here, yellow acrylic paint was brushed on, allowing the orange of the peel to show through.

Once the dye or paint is dry, the flowers can be used to decorate a hat, create a centrepiece for the table, make broaches, or bracelets. Try painting the flowers in a variety of different colours to create a colourful bouquet. Have fun!

Painted orange peel flowers
Paint or dye the flowers
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