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)
- 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:
- 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.
- Place cleared citrus halves onto tray and leave to dry for 24 hours
- Draw faces on halves with sharpie.
- Thread a needle and poke through one side of citrus shell (from the inside).
- (Optional) thread cereal or popcorn together before poking needle back through on the other side of peel.
- Hang each bowl from a tree branch, or set in tree nooks where animals are inclined to visit.
- Fill bowls with organic seeds, nuts, popcorn, or more cereal for visitors to enjoy.