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How to Make an Orange Bear

Posted on 2009.03.06 at 19:33
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

I have been wanting to do a tutorial on this bear but realized that navel oranges may be too big for normal sized bento boxes. So in this tutorial, I will show you how to make a bear from a cute sized minneola/ tangelo/ mandarin/ baby orange/ whatever you call those things!

First, go to your local grocery store and get some of these cuties.

Take your knife and cut it in half...

...like this. Save the half with the stem for the face.

Now lop off a little bit of the bottom. This is so your bear will sit flat and not roll around in your box.

These next couple of steps are optional, but I just do it to make it easier to eat (don't have to peel it later).
Run your knife around between the peel and orange...

...and take the orange out.

Take the little circular piece you cut off earlier and put it in here, like a bowl.

Put your orange half in the bowl. Now you are finished with the bear's bottom ^_^

Now take the other half of your orange and cut it in half .

Then cut the orange out.

Take your peel and cut it in half, then place it around the body of your bear and kinda measure where you want his arms to be. It should look like he is holding the orange. You want to have enough peel left over for the ears.

Cut the paws out like this. I use scissors for the rest of these steps because it's easier for me to cut round things out with them than a knife.

Using whatever peel you have leftover from the arms, cut out the ears. Then scrape out the white pith on the back to make them thinner for the next step.

Make a slit at the top of your bear's face for the ear.

Put one ear in, white side out, and make another slit for the other ear.

You can use anything for the eyes. Here I used two cloves. For the above bear, I just poked out two holes with a chopstick.

Place the other half of your orange on top of the bear's bottom for the body. Secure with toothpick and wrap the arms around the body.

Put a toothpick in your bear's head and stick it in the back of the body.

The finished product! His ears are crooked, but he's still so cute you just wanna eat him!


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paiselypirate at 2009-03-11 20:23 (UTC) (Link)
Awesome as always, Laura! If I had any oranges left I would make a bear = ( Or maybe a cat. I like cats.

Hey, is there any way you can give me some sandwich roll tips? I made some ham and cheese sandwiches and tried to roll them and it just wasn't working out! I even used toothpicks to try and hold them together but to no avail. How do you do it, oh wonderous maker of awesome bento lunches?
laurabento at 2009-03-11 20:40 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Amber! LOL. I actually made some sandwich rolls today! I'll post it in a little bit along with some tips when I find that darned USB cable.
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