Add natural elements such as dried orange slices to your holiday projects with this easy DIY home decor project. Step-by-step tutorial below.
Is it my imagination, or are dried oranges showing up EVERYWHERE for holiday decor? I didn’t want to feel left out, so I decided to join in on the fun and try my hand at drying some of my own. After tweaking a few ideas I read about, I found a process that worked for me.
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Dried oranges can be used for so many things. You can make a dried orange garland or add them to a wreath. I just created a fresh magnolia wreath and added a few bunches of dried orange slices which helped to bring a pop of color to the wreath. You can even make gift tags with them, or use them as part of your holiday tablescape.
Suggested Materials to Make Dried Orange Slices
Steps for Making Dried Orange Slices
Slice oranges 1/8 to 1/4 inches. Remember, the thinner the slices, the more quicker they will dry.
Use a dish towel to blot the excess juice out of the oranges.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper and place the orange slices evenly on the sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the oven on 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours, turning the orange slices every 30 minutes.
Turn off the oven and leave the dried orange slices in the oven until it has cooled. Remove the slices from the oven and place on wire cooling racks. Leave overnight to continue drying.
Drying oranges are such an easy and affordable DIY project, and can be used for so many holiday projects. I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out and how beautiful they look wherever you use them.
My friend Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse made the most creative garland with…you guessed it, dried oranges. You need to check out her blog post.