Orange Peel Roses: Step by Step photo instructions

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I love the smell of oranges and there is a perfect way to enjoy the smell and make beautiful, natural decorations as well: Orange Peel Roses!!! I wrote about these romantic Orange Peel Roses a long time ago (my dear, it’s been seven years!!!).

This time, I tried using two different peeling tools to see if it would make any difference! And what a difference it made!

At first, I used a regular stainless steel peeler (peeling tool), and then I tried with a simple peeling knife. Here is a step by step photo instructions on how to make these romantic orange peel roses with both tools!

orange peel roses
Orange peel roses

Orange peel roses using a peeler

As I said, at first I used a normal stainless steel peeler, one that I use to peel vegetables and apples mostly. I choose a beautiful orange for this, and started peeling. You have to be careful to not break the orange peeling line, you want a long peel to be able to make roses! Press the peeler evenly down onto the surface of the orange and move the peeler in a spiral downwards, trying to keep the peel stripe even. When you have peeled fairly all of the orange, you can detach the end of the peel from it.

Now it’s time to make the rose. Take your orange peel stripe and start wrapping it around itself skin out, like you would do with a ribbon. Make it as tight as you like, but don’t leave it too loose or your roses will unwrap. You can use a small toothpick or a pin to secure it (try not to damage the orange skin).

Now you can let it dry, either at room temperature, in the oven on low temperature, or as I did, by putting it on our heater.

Orange peel roses using a peeling knife

The second orange I peeled using a peeling knife. You follow the same steps as with the peeler, but you will notice that the peel will be thicker. Try not to cut into the orange flesh and try to get an even stripe as with the other tool. To get a good start, you can first cut the orange’s top and continue in a spiral until you have peeled the whole orange, trying to keep the stripe’s width even.

Now, like above, wrap the stripe around itself, creating a beautiful rose. Secure the peeling’s end and let it dry like the one before.

orange peel roses

Differences I noticed using the two peeling tools

The differences I noticed are quite big! The first rose, made out of the orange peel I removed with a peeler, was more delicate, small and without much of the white stuff of the peel. It looks and smells amazing though!

The second rose looks bigger and more impressive. The white of the orange’s peel also really pops out, making the rose a lot more interesting. It, too, smells of course amazing!

Between these two, I think I prefer the second one, because the white makes the rose more beautiful, and it is bigger then the other, making it stand out!

But really, both are worth it, and eating the oranges will make you healthier, too!!! You can find more ideas on how to use citrus peels on Posimagine, like making beautiful Christmas ornaments and garlands or orange peel decorations using cookie cutters!

Orange Peel Rose: a Romantic Dried Fruit Decoration Idea

Orange’s peels are very versatile, as it seems! Here is another idea on how to use the peel: make an amazing orange peel rose out of them.

You can read more about what to make with orange peels in these articles:

The kids can easily help at any stage. Just the peeling will have to be done by a grown-up. And maybe when you need to stabilize something with a toothpick, you should do that, too, if your kids are not old enough.

All the other stuff – making the oranges, arranging them, dust them with some confectioner sugar, and eating the oranges, of course (lots of vitamins and Vitamin C!) – all can be done by the kids!

We have a lot of other fun craft ideas to make with the kids, so take a look at our other posts, like making easy canvas art or some beautiful string art to decorate your home!

So, here is how to do it and some ideas to display them.

romantic orange peel roses
Romantic orange peel roses

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How to make an orange peel rose

It is really easy. Peel the oranges carefully and then just roll them up. Ready are the orange peel roses!  When they are fresh, they are great decor for salads or other dishes, and if you let them dry, they can be used for decorating your home. By adding some essential oils or cinnamon sticks, they will make the room smell wonderful.

Find out more in our post with detailed instructions with lots of photos, and how using two different peeling tools can affect the results:

How to make Romantic Orange Peel Roses: Step by Step photo instructions

How to make orange peel roses
How to make orange peel roses (image source)

Decoration ideas with orange peel roses

  1. They can decorate wreaths, along with whole citrus fruits:

2. They can become pieces of art:

Framed orange flowers
Framed orange peel roses (image source)

3. They can make colorful additions in natural potpourri mixes,

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Orange peel roses together with other natural potpourri

4. They can even become a beautiful flower bouquet that will last for a long time and smell like a walk in nature!

dried orange peel bouquet
Dried Orange Peel Roses as a rustic flower bouquet (image source)

Roses of other fruit peels

You can use other citrus fruits as well. Then you will have a nice variety of flower sizes and colors!

Roses fruit peel
Roses out of citrus fruit peels (image source)

I even tried to make a kiwi peel rose! It looks great when it is fresh and is ideal to use to decorate a table or dish! When it dries though, it loses its beauty.

kiwi peel rose
A rose out of kiwi fruit peel

Other flowers out of citrus fruit peels

And lastly, by cutting the peel on the one side (zick-zack or curves) and then rolling them up, you will get some beautiful flowers, even other than roses!

Various flowers out fruit peels
Various flowers out of orange peels (image source)