These easy to make dried orange ornaments are a simple & inexpensive, and will add charm and natural beauty to your Christmas décor.
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!
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 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.
What You Will Need to Make Dried Orange Ornaments
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Navel oranges (or other citrus fruit)
- Twine, ribbon, or ornament hooks
How do you make dried orange ornaments?
- Thinly slice the oranges using the mandolin.
- Place orange slices on parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake in a preheated 200 degree oven for 3-4 hours (flipping oranges every hour or so to ensure even drying).
- Remove the oranges from oven when all moisture has been removed and the pulp resembles a stained glass window.
- 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.
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.
Here are some twine and ribbon options I like to use to hang 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.
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.
- Blood oranges
Other Dried Orange Ideas
Dried orange slices can be used in multiple ways during the holiday season. Here are a few of my favorites!
- Napkin rings
- Candles w/dried orange slices
- Dried orange slice garland
- Homemade Christmas gift idea
- Dried orange slice gift tags
- Stovetop potpourri
For more Christmas & holiday ideas and inspiration, click here!
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