This crafty little trick for repurposing orange peels will be a real treat for visiting birds, squirrels, and other little sweeties who stop by for a visit.
This is a fun and easy way to repurpose citrus peels for those of us who are inclined to compulsively juice oranges and grapefruits every day (guilty as charged! ~RV). All you need are a few simple ingredients, a bit of free time for crafting, and a desire to see some happy little animals having a good bit of fun with their new feeding toys!

Here is a detailed outline of the pictorial instructions above:

You will need:

  • Fresh organic oranges, grapefruit, or other reasonably large citrus
  • Citrus juicer
  • Food dehydrator (may also air or sun dry, which can possibly take longer depending upon temperature and humidity of surroundings)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Organic* toasted oats (the holes are essential if you wish to stock the thread with extra munchies for your wilderness crew) or popcorn.

    *Why organic for the animals? Because GMO is sketchy for our planet & everyone who lives here!

Preparation & Assembly:

  1. Halve & juice citrus fruits.
     1a. Drink & enjoy juice!
        1b. If citrus juicer does not clear the peels entirely, use a ridged   citrus spoon to clean away the remainder of fruit & pulp.
  2. Place cleared citrus halves onto tray and leave to dry for 24 hours
  3. Draw faces on halves with sharpie.
  4. Thread a needle and poke through one side of citrus shell (from the inside).
  5. (Optional) thread cereal or popcorn together before poking needle back through on the other side of peel.
  6. Hang each bowl from a tree branch, or set in tree nooks where animals are inclined to visit.
  7. Fill bowls with organic seeds, nuts, popcorn, or more cereal for visitors to enjoy.