Play With Your Food: A Mother and Baby Bird

Make some garden art you can eat with this great craft for kids.
A Mother and Baby Bird

A Mother and Baby Bird

This craft is not only cute, the blend of orange and clove makes it smell great too.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

This craft is not only cute, the blend of orange and clove makes it smell great too.

In our regular Play With Your Food crafts for kids series, Texas artist, illustrator and lover of all things creative Ruth Meharg offers a tutorial on creating whimsical creatures using your own garden, CSA or farmers market produce. Play With Your Food offers fun family projects to do together and — better still —a great way to encourage healthy eating habits.

Mother and Baby Bird

What You'll Need:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Clementine
  • Cloves
  • Toothpicks
  • A paring knife (let a grown-up do the cutting parts)

Follow these easy steps to create your own birds:

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A Great Family Activity

This craft is not only cute, the blend of orange and clove makes it smell great too.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Make a Beak

Create the beak by cutting a triangle out of the peel. Don’t cut it all the way off, but leave it attached at the top.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Pull Out the Beak

Gently pull the peel outward so that the beak sticks out.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Create Eyelids

If you want eyelids—to give the mama bird a wise expression—cut a curved slit in the peel for each eye.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Use Cloves for Eyes

Stick a couple of cloves into the the slits you have created to make the eyes on the mama bird. The baby bird's more wide-eyed expression comes from adding cloves without eyelids.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Create Feathers

“Feathers” can be created on top of the head by cutting long strips of peel down the back of the head, leaving them attached on one end, and gently curling the peel up to the top of the head.

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Make the Wings

Create the wings by cutting the peel on the body in oval shapes. Make sure you don’t cut it all the way, but leave it attached at the top. Pull the wings out gently, just like the beak.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Attach the Bird Head

Attach the heads to the bodies using a toothpick.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

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