Dried Orange Ornaments

Dried Orange Ornaments

These easy to make dried orange ornaments are a simple & inexpensive, and will add charm and natural beauty to your Christmas décor.

Dried Orange Ornaments

It’s that time of the year here when our home becomes an orange slice drying & ornament making factory! For years, I have been incorporating dried orange slices into our Christmas décor. I love the beautiful, natural simplicity dried orange slices add to our home for the holidays.

Last year, I made dried orange slices and turned them into a Christmas garland above our kitchen window. This year, I decided to to make dried orange ornaments! They add a beautiful layer of texture to our Christmas tree and look like mini stained glass ornaments!

Dried Orange Ornaments

What I love most about dried orange ornaments is that they are budget friendly. You guys know I love anything that is simple and doesn’t break the bank! Making my own dried oranges and using them as ornaments saves us money…one less box of big bulb ornaments I have to purchase to decorate the tree (which I guess means dried orange ornaments saves us room in storage too!).

Dried Orange Ornaments

Dried orange ornaments are extremely easy to make. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced DIY’er or just a beginner, anyone can make these! This would also be a fun craft that the kids can help with once the orange slices are dried and cooled.

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What You Will Need to Make Dried Orange Ornaments

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Mandolin
  • Navel oranges (or other citrus fruit)
  • Twine, ribbon, or ornament hooks
Dried Oranges

How do you make dried orange ornaments?

  1. Thinly slice the oranges using the mandolin.
  2. Place orange slices on parchment lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake in a preheated 200 degree oven for 3-4 hours (flipping oranges every hour or so to ensure even drying).
  4. Remove the oranges from oven when all moisture has been removed and the pulp resembles a stained glass window.
  5. Place twine, ribbon, or hook into the orange slice once fully dried and hang on tree!

For more detailed instructions on how to dry oranges in the oven, check out this oven dried orange slices blog post.

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How should I hang my dried orange ornaments?

I like to hang our ornaments with either twine or ribbon, but you could also use just a regular old ornament hook. Personally, I think twine or ribbon adds a little something special to the ornaments.

This is the ribbon I used to hang the ornaments on our Christmas tree, but I also used this twine to hang the dried orange ornaments on a small tree in our kitchen.

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Here are some twine and ribbon options I like to use to hang dried orange ornaments.

Dried Orange Ornaments

How long do dried orange ornaments last?

Dried orange ornaments can last for many years if there is no moisture left in the orange slices. When oven drying your orange slices ensure you are baking them until no moisture remains.

For details on how to store dried orange slices, click here.

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Are there other types of fruit I can use for dried ornaments?

Yes! You could use any dried fruit to create unique ornaments.

These fruits dry easily and could be hung as beautiful Christmas ornaments.

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Blood oranges
  • Grapefruit
Dried Orange Ornaments

Other Dried Orange Ideas

Dried orange slices can be used in multiple ways during the holiday season. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Decoupage Pumpkins

Decoupage Pumpkins Using Napkins

Decoupage pumpkins with napkins is an inexpensive craft that will add coziness to your fall décor.

Decoupage Pumpkins

If you’re looking for fall décor that is simple to put together, budget friendly, and completely customizable, I have the perfect craft for you! Decoupage pumpkins using napkins is the perfect way to add personalized, cozy fall décor to your home in no time with just a few supplies.

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Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing paper cut outs onto it. It’s a fun craft with limitless options on what you can create. With a little imagination, you can create something that is completely unique & special just for your home.

Decoupaged Pumpkins in Fall Décor

I love that I created a classic, elegant, and unique piece of fall décor for our home with a foam pumpkin, decorative napkin, and glue!

Decoupage Pumpkins

Fall Décor on a Budget Blog Hop

Today, 9 blogger friends and I are challenging ourselves to bring you fall décor on a budget…a $25 budget to be exact! Do you think we were all able to stay within budget?! Continue to the end of this post to see what each blogger created and for links to their blog posts. There are some amazing inexpensive fall décor ideas!

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If you are coming here from Jennifer at A Cottage on Bunkerhill, welcome! Jennifer is a fellow New England blogger whom I hope to meet in person one day! I love how Jennifer created her own faux terracotta beaded garland for this fall décor on a budget challenge. It’s a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate for fall!

Decoupage Pumpkins in Fall Kitchen Décor

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Supplies for Decoupage Pumpkins Using Napkins

I spent a total of about $11 on this craft (well under my $25 budget!). We had most of the supplies that I needed already in our home. I only had to purchase the pumpkin & napkins. Here is everything you will need to decoupage pumpkins using napkins.

  • White Pumpkin – You can use any foam, plastic, or papier-mâché pumpkin for this craft. I used this pumpkin which we spray painted white.
  • Decorative Paper Napkins – I used these napkins, but any decorative paper napkins will work. Here are some other decorative napkins you could use as well.
  • Mod Podge – This is the best product for any decoupage project.
  • Paint Brush – I used these.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
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Before You Begin to Decoupage Pumpkins

Before you begin to decoupage pumpkins, there are a few things to do to get started.

You will want to remove the stem from the pumpkin. Gently turn & twist the stem until the glue releases and you are able to pull it out. Don’t discard the stem, you will need it later.

Next, you may want to paint your pumpkin. The pumpkin I used was yellow, so we spray painted it white. I felt a white pumpkin would work better with the decorative napkin I was using for this craft.

White Faux Pumpkin

Get your napkins ready to decoupage. Open your decorative napkin on a flat surface and then separate the paper back away from the printed front. For our decoupage pumpkin, I wanted a block print pattern. So, I cut the individual damask prints out of the napkin. However, you can take the entire napkin and decoupage the pumpkin that way. I prefer to work with smaller pieces when decoupaging because I am able to control the overall design of the piece I am crafting, a little easier.

Fall Napkins
These are the napkins I used to decoupage our pumpkin.
Decorative Guest Napkin
Separate the layers of the napkin. Discard the back layer. You will only use the front decorative layer of the napkin.
Napkin Cut Outs
Cut each pattern into individual napkin cut outs. It is easier to work with smaller napkin pieces.

How to Decoupage Pumpkins Using Napkins

On a parchment paper lined surface, starting at the top of the pumpkin, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge with a paint brush to one of the pumpkin ribs. You will want to work in small sections so that the glue does not dry too quickly.

Mod Podge Pumpkin
Add a thin coat of Mod Podge to the area you will be adding the napkin.

Decoupage the Napkin to the Pumpkin

Carefully add your napkin cut out on top of the thin coat of glue. Gently press the napkin down with the paint brush to remove any air pockets Add more glue to the top of the napkin as you work to ensure napkin adheres fully to pumpkin.

You make have a few wrinkles in the napkin cut out and that is ok. It adds character to the pumpkin!

Decoupaging Pumpkin
Place napkin on pumpkin and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on the napkin. Mod Podge will appear milky white when applied, but will dry clear.

Decoupage the Entire Pumpkin

Continue adding the napkin cut outs around the top of the pumpkin, alternating every other rib.

Once you have completed adding all of your napkin pieces to the top of the pumpkin, stop. Allow the Mod Podge to dry before moving onto the next section of pumpkin. This may take about an hour or so.

Decoupage Pumpkin
Allow Mod Podge to dry before moving onto the next section.

After the Mod Podge has dried, I then placed the next section of napkin cut outs about 3/4 of the way down from the top of the napkins I already decoupaged. Again, alternating ribs on the pumpkin. In this section, I added the napkin cut outs to the ribs that were not decoupaged in the first section.

Continue this process all the way down to the bottom of the pumpkin so that your pumpkin is covered in a block print. Make sure to flip & tip the pumpkin so that the area you decoupaged is able to fully dry.

Decoupage Pumpkins
Alternate pumpkin ribs to create a block print on the pumpkin.

Seal the Pumpkin & Allow to Dry

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin, working in stages so that the Mod Podge does not stick to any surfaces. This will prevent any edges of the napkin from popping up and will fully seal the decoupaged pumpkin. I let our pumpkin sit for about 24 hours after this step, to make sure it was fully sealed.

Decoupage Pumpkin
Allow the decoupaged pumpkin to dry and cure for 24 hours.

Final Step to Decoupage Pumpkins

The final step…attach the pumpkin stem! Place a small dab of hot glue to the end of the pumpkin stem and place back into the hole at the top of pumpkin. How easy and fun was that?!

Decoupage Pumpkins
Glue pumpkin stem back onto the pumpkin to complete your decoupaged pumpkin.

How to Style a Decoupage Pumpkin

I styled our decoupaged pumpkin on our kitchen island with a pitcher of fall flowers along with a candle. I loved the pattern of the pumpkin with the vintage brown transferware I have in our kitchen for fall. You can see how I styled a brown transferware soup tureen on our kitchen counter, here. Decoupage pumpkins can be added to fall décor in the kitchen, on a fall tablescape, in a bookcase, or on a console table styled for fall.

Decoupage Pumpkins

More Fall Décor Ideas

Elizabeth from Country Peony shares the most adorable projects & DIY’s! She created a beautiful dried lavender wreath that I can’t wait to recreate in our home with the lavender from our kitchen window box. Head on over to her blog to check out this easy DIY wreath!

For neutral fall décor ideas, this recent blog post has become a fan favorite with ideas on how to easily incorporate fall décor into your home for the upcoming season.

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How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs was one of my favorite Easter traditions growing up. We would dye the eggs and place them into a basket filled with green plastic grass. It was something I looked forward to each year, along with decorating our Easter tree with fuzzy chicks, plastic eggs, and painted bunny ornaments. We would go to the grocery store down the street from our home to buy a dozen white eggs and the PAAS Easter Egg dyeing kit to color the eggs. Then we would head home to hard boil the eggs before coloring. After the eggs were cooked and cooled (and after gagging a little from the smell), my sister and I would take the wax pencil that was included in the dye kit and draw shapes and patterns onto the eggs. We would then dip the eggs into the dye and watch the eggs turn fun shades of red, yellow, orange, green, and hues of blues & purples. Do you remember the small sheet of stickers that came with the dye kit, stickers you would stick to the egg after it was colored? Well truth be told, I never liked or used the stickers on the eggs! It drove me nuts that the flat sticker wouldn’t fully stick to the round egg. (You can see that my obsession in attention to detail started at an early age.) We would save the stickers for other craft projects, ones that didn’t include sticking stickers to round objects. Once the eggs were colored, my mom would eventually make deviled eggs, or egg salad, or creamed eggs on toast. Now the difference between the home I grew up in and my home today…you will not find any of those egg recipes in my house (we are not fans of hard boiled eggs)!

When my children were younger, I used to buy the same dye kits. However, in our home these days, we are more conscience of the food we eat, the cleaners we use, and the overall ingredients of the food or products we bring into our home and put into our bodies. I typically only purchase organic foods and all natural cleaners for our home. So this year, I decided to dye our Easter eggs with natural ingredients from foods/spices we already had in our refrigerator and in our pantry. We used red cabbage, turmeric, and beets to dye our Easter eggs which resulted in eggs shaded in beautiful spring pastels of blue, yellow, and pink. I think they look like oversized Cadbury mini eggs, don’t you?! There are a bunch of other natural foods & drinks that you can use to dye your eggs with too, continue reading to the end of this blog post for more foods you can use for dyeing. This dyeing process is easy and one I really enjoyed, and think you will enjoy also!

Before starting the dyeing process, I recommend preparing a working area to handle these highly staining dyes. They will stain everything from cutting boards, to clothes, to kitchen counters! Wear an apron or clothes that you are ok getting stains on. Cover your work area with a plastic tablecloth, old towels, or lots of newspapers and/or paper towels before beginning.

You will need one dozen hard boiled white eggs.

BLUE EASTER EGG DYE:

  • 1/2 head read cabbage (cut into 1/8 strips)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  1. Place sliced cabbage and water in a medium sized pot over high heat. Bring to boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 1 hour. Pour mixture through a colander to remove cabbage; discard solids. Stir in vinegar. Your dye is ready for use.
  2. To dye, fill a mason jar about 1/2 full with dye, and gently lower in egg. Let sit for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove egg from dye and set on a paper towel to dry. (Note: Eggs will appear lavender after removing from dye. Dye will transform to a more blueish shade within a few minutes.) Turn eggs occasionally so all sides dry, eggs are typically dry in about 15-20 minutes. Once mostly dry, wipe off any excess dye with paper towels.

YELLOW EASTER EGG DYE:

  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  1. Place turmeric and water in a medium sized pot over high heat. Bring to boil then remove from heat. Let sit until cool. Stir in vinegar. Your dye is ready for use.
  2. To dye, fill a mason jar about 1/2 full with dye, and gently lower in egg. Let sit for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove egg from dye and set on a paper towel to dry. Turn eggs occasionally so all sides dry, eggs are typically dry in about 15-20 minutes. Once mostly dry, wipe off any excess dye with paper towels.

PINK EASTER EGG DYE:

  • 1 medium beet (washed and quartered)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  1. Place beet and water in a medium sized pot over high heat. Bring to boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 1 hour. Pour mixture through a colander to remove beets; discard solids. Stir in vinegar. Your dye is ready for use.
  2. To dye, fill a mason jar about 1/2 full with dye, and gently lower in egg. Let sit for about 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove egg from dye and set on a paper towel to dry. Turn eggs occasionally so all sides dry, eggs are typically dry in about 15-20 minutes. Once mostly dry, wipe off any excess dye with paper towels.

Easter Egg Dyeing Tips:

  • Let eggs sit in dye baths for a longer period of time. The longer the eggs are in the bath, the deeper the colors will become (can even soak overnight in the fridge). For lighter shades, remove from dye bath sooner.
  • Be creative when dying your eggs and think outside the box. Dip half an egg in one color dye and the other half in another color dye for a two toned egg!
  • Rub a small amount of olive oil on your eggs for a little added shine.
  • No white eggs? You can use brown eggs too, however the dye colors will be more muted.
  • Use other natural ingredients to dye your eggs. Here are some other natural ingredients great for dying due to their high color pigmentation: yellow onion skins, blueberries, grape juice, parsley, avocado pits, spinach, carrot juice, tea, coffee.

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Stamped Easter Napkins

Easter is a little over a week away, and that has me scrambling to get all of the Easter crafts, décor, recipes, and more that have been stewing in my head for few weeks out to you! Since I started this blog, I find myself with so many seasonal ideas and not enough time to share them all before the holiday is upon us. Easter is no exception! Today, I’ve joined some friends on an Easter blog hop to bring you more inspiration before Easter is in our rearview mirror. Continue reading to the end of this blog post for links to their blog posts and more Easter inspiration!

This week, I was inspired to create my own Easter napkins from something I saw on Pinterest, and I couldn’t love these napkins that I created more. If you’re looking for a simple way to elevate your table for this year’s Easter brunch, lunch, or dinner…this craft is for you! These stamped bunny napkins would be the cutest addition to your table, couldn’t have been quicker or easier to make, and look like you spent a small fortune on custom napkins for your home. This craft only requires five relatively inexpensive items and a small amount of your time but will make the biggest impact on your table whether you entertain your Easter guests with an elaborate tablescape or choose to host Easter dinner as less formal affair (more my family’s forte).

Here is what you will need to create your own stamped Easter napkins:

  • White Cotton/Linen Napkins – I chose these napkins with a lace edge.
  • Rabbit or Easter Stamp – I loved this bunny stamp, but any stamp would work!
  • Permanent Ink Stamp Pad – I used a brown ink pad, you could choose any color.
  • Ribbon – Use your favorite ribbon, this is the one I used!
  • Iron

To start this craft, decide upon the napkin that you want to add your stamp too. For our home, I purchased a twelve pack of white cotton/linen blend napkins with lace edge detail. I chose this napkin because I loved the lace detail along with the vintage style. You will want to find an inexpensive cotton, linen, or cotton/linen blend napkin you love and use that for your stamp. The important part is that you choose a napkin made of natural fibers to ensure your stamp will adhere. Here’s another napkin I love, or this one would be cute too!

Iron your napkins with the highest heat setting (with steam), removing all creases and wrinkles. You want to do this so that your stamp comes out neat and clean, and isn’t smudged or placed on a part of the napkin that is wrinkly. As you iron each napkin, move to a clean, flat surface. Cotton and linen can wrinkle very easily!

Once all of your napkins are ironed, keep off to the side. This next step is optional! In order to ensure that I was going to be using the right amount of ink on my stamp with the right amount of pressure, I took a scrap piece of fabric and on a clean, flat surface practiced stamping the stamp on the napkin. This way when I went to stamp my napkins, I knew how much ink I needed and how hard to press down on the stamp. If you are confident in your stamping abilities, you can skip that step! When you are ready to officially stamp your ironed napkins, take one napkin at a time, place on a clean, flat surface, place stamp in ink, then place your inked stamp on one of the four corners of the napkin. Make sure each stamp you press on each napkin is in the same location and at the same angle, that way all of the napkins are uniform. As you stamp each napkin, place off to the side to allow the stamp to dry completely, being careful not to smudge stamp.

Allow the stamp on each napkin to fully dry (about 10-20 minutes), then with a warm iron, iron over the stamp to seal and set it. Do not use steam when ironing over the stamp as this could cause the ink to run or spread on the napkin. Once you seal the stamp on the napkin, they should be safe for using and washing.

Your Easter napkins are just about ready for your table. The final step, is tying your napkins with ribbon for your Easter place settings. I decided to use an organic brown twine ribbon for these napkins. I liked the texture and color of this ribbon, with the bunny print and lace detail of the napkin. You can get creative with the ribbon you choose! There a multitude of ribbon choices from gingham, to striped, to extra wide, or even layer different textured or patterned ribbons together. Cut your ribbon in 12″ lengths. To fold your napkins for tying, fold the napkin in half by matching opposite corners together with the bunny stamp facing you at the bottom of the napkin (see photos below). Take one of your ribbon lengths and tie in a knot or a bow about 1/4″ down from the top of your napkin. Leave the ribbon tails as long or as short as you like. Always remember to finish the ends of your tails by folding the bottom tail in half, and then cutting an upside down “V”. Doing this will help to prevent your ribbon from fraying and leaves a polished end to your tail!

That’s it! Can you believe how simple and easy but absolutely adorable these napkins are?! I can’t wait to set these on our Easter table, but in the meantime, I styled these napkins simply on our kitchen table with a few carrot cake cupcakes, our white china, and an urn of orange tulips.

Interested in seeing a video tutorial on how to make these napkins? Check out this reel I shared on Instagram!

There is so much more Easter inspiration to be had! Check out these blog posts from my talented blogger friends:

Emily ~ LeCultivateur ~ SIMPLE EASTER DECOR IDEAS

Rebecca ~ Rouse in the House ~ DIY EASTER EGG DYE

Cynthia ~ Vintage and Grace Living ~ BEAUTIFUL SPRING EASTER TABLE CENTERPIECE IDEAS

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