Brown paper wrappers tied with string and adorned with dried orange slices, these are some of our favorite things. Dried citrus fruits are a simple addition to your holiday decor. It’s a delightful throwback to Old World holiday decorations that were made from natural elements or homemade products.
You can add the same sweet touch to your Christmas by hanging a wreath of dried citrus over the fireplace or decorating the tree with DIY dried orange ornaments. Here we are sharing our favorite ideas for incorporating dried citrus into the holiday season.
How to dry orange slices
Before creating a dried citrus project, let’s cover the basics on how to dry orange slices. Cut the oranges into 1/2-inch-thick slices. You may need to batch dry them depending on how many oranges you need for your project.
Place the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 175 ° F for four hours, turning oranges halfway through cooking. It is important to cook the orange slices at a low temperature so that they do not burn or brown.
If you are using a dehydrator, divide the citrus slices into batches of 15 slices or according to the capacity of your dehydrator. Place each batch in the dehydrator for 5-6 hours.
Oranges are cooked when they are crisp to the touch and don’t release moisture when squeezed. Make sure oranges are completely dry before removing them from the oven as they can develop mold over time if there is excess moisture.
Wreath of dried citrus
Everything is cheerful and bright with a wreath of freshly made dried orange. For this project, you will need a variety of sizes of citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons. Take the citrus slices out of the oven or dehydrator while still slightly damp and let them finish drying on a rack. To give the fruit a “sweet” appearance, sprinkle the slices with finely crushed sprinkles. The fruits will be slightly sticky after dehydrating or cooking, so the sprinkles will stick without additional adhesive. Let the slices dry completely.
Use straight pins to attach the fruit slices to the shape of the foam crown, overlapping the pieces to cover the entire foam crown. Tie a length of thick ribbon in a bow and tie it to the finished wreath with straight pins.
Modern farmhouse dried orange wreath
Your family and friends will be delighted with this modern farmhouse wreath made from dried orange slices. Once the orange slices have cooled completely, gather 3 to 5 orange slices and gently prick a piece of florists’ wire in the center of each slice. Gently twist the florist’s thread to secure each bundle.
Tie the packages of dried oranges to a purchased wreath to assemble your own wreath from evergreen branches, eucalyptus, and dried lavender.
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Dried citrus gift wrap
Personalize your gifts with dried orange decorations. Poke a hole in the top of a dried orange slice and tie a ribbon through the hole. Wrap your gift as you normally would, tie a large ribbon around the package and tie the dried orange slice to the bow. Experiment with different sizes and colors of oranges to see what works best for you. Blood oranges have more of a red tone which looks great on Christmas presents.
Dried orange centerpiece
Dress up your holiday dinner table with scented natural elements. Create understated elegance with a Christmas centerpiece made from a base of eucalyptus leaves. Place dried orange slices throughout the centerpiece for a pop of color. Use metal vases and canisters to hold cut sprigs of greenery and white chrysanthemums for a modern farmhouse vibe. Take the fresh citrus theme home when you use tangerines to store serving cards.
Dried orange slice ornaments
Make it an old-fashioned Christmas with a freshly cut tree decorated with pine cones, feathers and dried orange slices. Once the orange slices are completely dry, thread baking twine through the top of each slice and hang them from the tree. For more color, you can also use ribbon to hang the orange sliced ornaments. Enhance the nostalgic feeling with battery operated candles.
Dried citrus garland
Layering the fireplace mantel with some fresh greenery is one of our must-have Christmas decorating ideas. Update a basic swag with dried orange slices and wooden beads strung on a jute rope. This simple yet elegant dried citrus garland is easy to make in an afternoon, making it a great last minute addition to your holiday decor.
Dried orange slices on gifts
Connect with the spirit of giving with gift wrapping that includes that little something special. Handcrafted touches will mean the world to the person who receives it. Include a small handmade tag or small craft item on the outside of the gifts. Use kraft paper for wrapping paper that’s easy to recycle and goes with everything. Tie the dried orange slices to the packages with wire or twine.
Garland of dried orange slices
It’s a merry berry Christmas with a garland made of dried citrus slices, fruit peel and wooden beads. Start by drying a variety of oranges. You can add whole dried cloves to some of the orange slices for interest. Using a small cookie cutter, cut stars from the zest of the lemons or oranges and let them dry on a wire rack. To assemble the garland, alternate the dried citrus slices with wooden beads, dried stars or leaves on jute or baker’s twine.
Dried citrus embellishments
For the ultimate DIY holiday gift, make your own gift wrap by stamping shapes onto craft paper or use paint markers to create your own unique design. Dress your craft wrapping paper with dried citrus slices. Thread dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks together for a fragrant and festive ensemble. Layer a slice of dried orange on top of a slice of dried grapefruit and finish the package with a crown of rosemary. Or just tie a single slice of dried orange to your gift box with ribbon or thread.
Simply elegant dried orange wreath
Soft and simple is the key to layering many handcrafted holiday touches. This easy-to-assemble wreath is a great addition to the kitchen or front door. To create this look, loop faux eucalyptus branches into circles and top them with berry sprays, dried orange slices, and pine cones. Finish with a ribbon for a simple and sweet Christmas wreath.
Dried citrus mobile
Capture the winter sun with a refreshing dried citrus mobile. Hang pearls or dried cranberries with dried slices of grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes from sticks with a fishing line. For an extra dose of holiday shimmer, add sprinkles to the fruit slices while they are still slightly damp and allow them to air dry. This “sweet” look will add to the holiday charm.
Door decor with dried orange slices
Forget about a traditional crown. Create modern farmhouse charm with a triangle transformed as the decor for the front door. Tie the eucalyptus strands to both sides of the triangle. Arrange three slices of dried oranges in a corner. Finish off with pom poms, felt shapes, gems, or any other adornment that catches your eye. Hang with a ribbon.