Make beautiful rose shapes from orange peels then place them in a bowl with other dried items for decoration. This project requires the participation of a parent or adult to peel the orange with a knife. Kids can help arrange the dried peels at the end!


  • oranges
  • a paring knife (adults only)
  • twine
  • cookie sheet (we used a muffin tin)


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    1. Cut the top of an orange off with a paring knife and begin peeling the orange in a spiral pattern until the entire piece of fruit is peeled.

    2. Once the orange is peeled, twirl the peel into a rosette

    3. Tie the rose shape into place with some twine

    4. Place on a cookie sheet or inside a muffin tin and bake at 200F for 2 to 3 hours until the peels are completely dry.

    5. Once completely dry you can decorate with the peels! Place them in a bowl along with other dried objects such as moss, leaves and flower petals for decoration!

Caroline Gravino, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube

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