The holidays are just around the corner, so let the crafting begin! One of my favorite Christmas crafts to make are dried orange slices. Their bright cheery color and aroma really add character and charm to your holiday home décor.
This is a fun little project that both adults and children can enjoy!
By the way………..your house will smell fabulous when you make these!
What do you do with slices of dried orange?
- One of my favorite things to do with them is to make a garland, and that is what I will be showing you how to do in this post.
- Make single Christmas tree ornaments.
- Use them to embellish your gift wrapping.
- Add them to a potpourri mix.
- Hang them in a window.
- Add them to a Christmas wreath.
Items and things you’ll need
- 4 oranges
- Cutting board
- 8-9 feet Jute, Twine or Ribbon
- Oven or food dehydrator
- Cookie sheets
- Parchment paper
- Paper towel
- Yarn needle (optional)
- Ornament Hangers (optional for tree ornaments)
Cooking the oranges
1 -Preheat oven to 250°
2 -Slice oranges ¼ inch, crosswise. Discard small ends.
3 -Blot with paper towel.
4 -Place on parchment covered cookie sheet.
5 -Place in preheated oven and cook for 3-4 hours. Flip oranges over half way through cooking time.
6 -Check periodically to make sure oranges are not overcooking and turning brown.
7 -Remove when almost dry and place on cooling rack to finish drying.
Making the garland
1- If using small twine, thread the yarn needle with the twine.
If not, just poke a hole into the orange with a nail or another small pointed object and insert twine.
2- Insert the needle just inside the rind from the back side.
Stick the needle back into the rind about an inch away from where threaded. (Insert at 1:00 and exit at 11:00) Like on a clock.
Leave about a 12 inch tail for hanging.
3- Continue to thread until you achieve the desired garland length.
(Make sure to leave a little space between orange slices so they don’t overlap).
4- Make a knot with the leftover jute on both ends for hanging.
To make single Christmas tree ornaments
You can use these nifty pre-bent wire hangers or simply poke a hole in the orange and tie with a piece of jute or ribbon.
Doesn’t this just add some fun color to a Christmas tree!
Look how cute these single dried oranges look hanging in the window. They look like mini stained glass windows.
Let the holiday crafting begin! These also make cute Thanksgiving decorations. Perhaps some cute Thanksgiving dinner place setting decor?
Enjoy your holiday crafting.