Make these beautiful dried orange ornaments for your Christmas Tree this year!
Dried citrus ornaments can be such a pretty addition to your tree. And no – they are not smelly and sticky if you dry them completely the right way. I’ve made these a bunch of times before and they always put me in the holiday spirit. In fact, I still have my dried orange garland from years ago!
In today’s post, I’m going to show you how I make my dried orange ornaments. These also make lovely gift toppers and can be used in dried potpourri. To make this economical, I use cheap jute twine and grab a big ol’ bag of oranges from the grocery store. The bagged fruit is always a little bit cheaper than buying them individually.
For the most part, this project is hands-off. After you slice up the oranges, you let the oven do all the work for 2-4 hours. If you happen to slice one and it’s uneven, you can just put that one aside to cook with later.
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How to Make Dried Orange Ornaments
Things You’ll Need
- Jute Twine
- Baking Sheet
How to Make Dried Orange Ornaments – Easy!
Total time: 4 hours
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. You want to slice your oranges so they’re about 1/4 inch thick ideally. I am not perfect so some of my slices are thicker than that. It takes them a little longer to fully dry out.
Bake Orange Slices
Arrange your orange slices on a baking sheet with a rack or a Silpat/parchment. You want to bake them at 200 degrees for anywhere from 2-4 hours. If your slices are super thin, probably closer to 2 hours. If they are thicker, it’s gonna take closer to 4 hours. After your orange slices are baked, they shouldn’t be sticky to the touch. If they are, you will have to bake them a little longer or leave them to air dry for a few hours/days. You can’t really mess this up, it just takes time! 🙂
Tie on String and Hang
Use a toothpick and carefully poke a little hole towards the top. Loop some jute twine (or baker’s twine!) through the hole and tie a knot. Then, you are ready to hang!
I personally love the look of these orange slices up against a green tree with a pop of red! So I’m using some berry stems to complete the look. You can also use red baubles. I just think these are so pretty. You really can’t go wrong!
I hope you guys enjoyed this festive little project! Be sure to check out more Christmas Crafts here before you go.