Have you ever dried oranges? Here’s a little secret…I just did for the very first time! I just love the way they turned out and I know this will definitely not be my last time drying them. Dried oranges are all the rage this holiday season and today I want to share with you how to make dried orange slices for Christmas decorations.
There is something traditional and magical about drying oranges for Christmas and this is such a fun and easy craft project! You can use them in various ways to enhance your Christmas decor, whether it’s as garland, ornaments, or by incorporating them into your Christmas greenery.
“In the wintertime, in the snow country, citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one, it was better than ambrosia.” -James Earl Jones
Oranges and Christmas
My parents grew up in the era of the Great Depression where money was tight. As a little girl, I remember the stories they told about only receiving an orange for Christmas and how blessed they felt by that round piece of fruit. It was such a treat, even a luxury, to find things like a sweet orange or some walnuts in your stocking on Christmas. What a great reminder of being grateful and blessed for what we get and what we have.
The Best Way To Dry Oranges
Prior to drying my oranges, I conducted my research to determine the the best way to do it. I read articles, asked friends, and this is what I came up with.
Here’s a PSA, friends! I’m no expert. I’m sharing what worked for me and I hope you’ll try it too!
How To Dry Orange Slices
- 1 Bag Oranges You don't have to use the whole bag. Only what you think you will need for your craft.
- Preheat your over to 200 degrees F. Slice your oranges – 1/4 inch thickPlace oranges on oven safe cookie rack – using a rack will allow air to flow around the orange slices. I also placed the cookie rack on a baking sheet lined with parchment, just in case there was any dripping from the oranges.Cook 4 – 4 1/2 hours – I turned my orange slices over every hour.
If you’ve been here for awhile, you know I craft with my granddaughter every week. This was the perfect project for her to get involved in.
Once the oranges were all sliced she was able to help me add them to the cooking racks.
If you have littles or grands, I encourage you to include them! Their smiles of accomplishment are priceless!
Your cooking time may vary. Remember, slow and low heat is what this project needs. Therefore, you need to do this project when you have enough time to stay home and be patient.
While drying my oranges, I came across conflicting advice in different articles regarding stringing the oranges. Some suggested stringing the dried oranges immediately, while others recommended letting them sit for a while. I opted to let them sit for a few hours, but honestly, I think either method would work just fine!
How To Use Your Dried Oranges
- String your DIY dried oranges to make a beautiful garland. I used a large needle and red twine to string my oranges, which I think adds a festive touch. What do you think?
- Adding dried orange slices to your Christmas greenery is a wonderful way to add a pretty touch of natural elegance into your holiday decorations. The vibrant, citrusy hues of the oranges complement the rich greens of your wreaths or garlands, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. As they lay or hang entwined within the greenery, the dried orange slices release a subtle fragrance that enhances the festive ambiance, making your home feel even more cozy and festive during the holiday season. You can see my tablescape and more in my post, How to Decorate An Old Fashion Cottage Christmas.
- Decorate your tree with dried orange slices by making ornaments. If you like the old fashion vintage Christmas look, crafting these ornaments is the perfect choice. You can’t go wrong! Using the red and white twine or a solid color to create the ornament, are both great options. Speaking of ornaments, I also recently made some Easy Vintage Ornaments out of wood, twine, and free printable artwork. Another fun and easy project for you to check out!
- For a festive touch, add your dried oranges and cinnamon sticks to a decorative vessel, like a pretty bowl or vase.
How To Make Dried Orange Slices for Christmas Decorations
Dried orange slices are a versatile and festive craft that can be used to decorate your home for the holidays or any other special occasion. They are also a great way to use up leftover oranges. They are a great way to add a touch of Christmas cheer to your home and celebrations!
Like I said earlier, I’m no expert but this method worked great for me. I hope you get the opportunity to dry some for yourself and maybe do it with your favorite littles!
I’m so grateful for you visiting my blog each week. Wishing you all the Merriest Christmas!