Step-by-Step for Making Citrus Birds

Follow these simple directions to make your own bird family.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

A Great Family Activity

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

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.

Pull Out the Beak

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

Create Eyelids

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

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.

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.

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.

Attach the Bird Head

Attach the heads to the bodies using a toothpick.