September 28, 2023


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Dried Citrus Ornaments – A Lovely Mess

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Citrus season is upon us! You understand what meaning, don’t you? Elsie will likely be whipping up an orange cranberry margarita with the tart fruit, and I’ll be over right here butchering oranges and lemons for vacation house decor. Haha!

That’s proper, I’m getting au naturel and turning meals into Christmas ornaments. These dried citrus ornaments scent nice whenever you make them, and you may eat the leftovers. Feels like my sort of craft!

a dried citrus ornament hanging on a Christmas Tree


someone cutting lemons and limes on a cutting board

How you can Make Dried Citrus Ornaments:

Step One: Slice your fruit into 1/4″ slices and punctiliously take away the seeds. Use a large blade knife (this knife set is so cute!) to make sure uniform thickness of particular person slices.

slices of oranges, lemons, and limes on a paper towel

Step Two: Organize the fruit slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in a heat oven set to about 150-170°F.

Bake for 3-4 hours, flipping each hour till the fruit is dried (however not fully shriveled up). You need the slices to retain their colour and never look brown across the edges.

someone taking a baking sheet of sliced oranges, lemons, and limes out of the oven

Can You Air Dry The Citrus Slices?

I additionally tried a way of air drying the citrus slices and was shocked at how shortly they dried out.

It took about 4 days for them to get to a pleasant stiffness, although the orange slices curled up somewhat than staying flat as they did after baking them. The lemon and lime slices didn’t curl.

a dried citrus ornament hanging from a Christmas Tree

Step Three: Pierce the dried fruit slices with decoration hangers. That’s it! Now you have got fairly ornaments in your tree. These would additionally make an excellent present.

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several dried citrus ornaments hanging from a small Christmas Tree in a vase on a bedstand

I like how the slices are a bit like little items of stained glass. The sunshine shines by them creating a fairly orange glow.

These citrus ornaments work nice with an amber vase of evergreens, held on a Christmas tree, and even strung up for a gorgeous garland in entrance of a window. And I like how they appear subsequent to my DIY porcelain tree lights.

And when you’re pressed for time, you too can buy your orange slices already dried!

We’ve acquired a ton of enjoyable vacation decor and recipe inspiration in our Christmas archives, so discover one thing enjoyable (and scrumptious!) to make this vacation season! –Mandi

Extra DIY Christmas Ornaments:


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Make your personal dried fruit ornaments utilizing lemons, orange, or limes

Prep 10 minutes

Cook dinner 3 hrs 30 minutes

Complete 3 hrs 40 minutes


I also tried a technique of air drying the citrus slices and was surprised at how quickly they dried out.
It took about four days for them to get to a nice stiffness, though the orange slices curled up rather than staying flat as they did after baking them. The lemon and lime slices didn’t curl.
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