How to make jewelry from an orange peel

Nidhi SinhaSep 17 2011

If you think oranges are only nutritionally great, then you are most certainly mistaken as they can also be creatively utilized to make some trendy jewelry. Orange peels can be easily turned into a jewelry and that too beautiful and wearable ones! If you want to make a funky jewelry out of orange peels, either for yourself or to gift it to your loved ones, you are at the right place. This step-by-step guide will familiarize you on how to conveniently create your own pieces of orange peel jewelry at home.

Orange peel
Orange peel

Complexity level: Moderately Easy

Estimated Cost: Nil

Time taken: 2-3 days

Resources required

  1. Orange peels
  2. A needle
  3. A knife
  4. Thread (prefer orange colored thread to provide natural look).

1. Cutting the orange peels: Cut the orange into two big chunks and peel it off. Now, shape the peels into whatever design you could think of, such as spirals, twists etc. Make sure that the size of peel for bangles, is proportionately larger than the size of bracelets.

2. For bracelets and bangles: Thread the peel together carefully until it reaches your wrist size and make sure to spare a little thread for tying the ends.

3. Drying the peels: Now, leave your threaded peel in a warm area for at least two days until it’s dry.

4. Finalizing your jewelry: Once dry, it’s time to polish the look of your jewelry. You could decorate it with either sequins and old nail varnish or glitters. Finally, if you are planning to add some hook and loops, cut off any additional thread from your bracelet. If not, tie both ends and trim extra thread off.

Get ready to flaunt your funky orange peel jewelry!


Q. How many days will it take for the orange peels to harden?

A. Well, it depends on the thickness of peels, but usually they dry up within two days of constant exposure to Sunlight.

Quick tips

  1. Needling should be done when peels are afresh and moist as it’s easier to make the needle navigable.
  2. Always dye the orange peels before cutting and leaving them for Sun drying.
Things to watch out for

  1. Use a butter knife to scrape away excess pith instead of using a paring knife.
  2. Measure your wrist size before peeling the orange to know exactly how much peel you might use.