Add natural elements such as dried orange slices to your holiday projects with this easy DIY home decor project. Step-by-step tutorial below.
Adding dried oranges to holiday decor is so easy and really adds interest.
After researching several different ways to dry oranges, I was able to modify some processes and find a technique that worked for me.
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Dried oranges can be used for so many things.
- Make a dried orange garland
- Add dried oranges 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.
- Make gift tags using dried oranges.
- Use them as part of your holiday tablescape.
Suggested Materials to Make Dried Orange Slices
- 5-6 Medium Oranges
- Parchment Paper
- Mandolin Slicer or Knife
- Large Baking Sheets
Steps for Making Dried Orange Slices
Slice oranges 1/8 to 1/4 inches. Remember, the thinner the slices, the more quickly they will dry.
Use a dishtowel 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 at 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 them 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.
Let me know in the comments if you are going to try drying your own oranges this holiday season.
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Hi Kim, I love oranges and just finished making some for this Christmas. I’m going to share this post in my next upcoming post on the blog! Happy Holidays!