Dried oranges slices are an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays. They can be used to add a pop of colour to a Christmas tree or as a festive garland. In addition to using them as decorations, they also are a great healthy snack to munch on or can be put in your hot cider on cooler nights. The best part about this DYI is how heavenly good your house will smell thanks to this natural air freshener!
This craft is a great activity to do with kids as it requires only two ingredients; your favourite citrus and sugar. Martha Stewart featured this craft on her show and website (https://www.marthastewart.com/332252/oven-dried-orange-slices).
See below the easy steps to create your own dried citrus slices:
- Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare a nonstick baking pan using a baking sheet as the liner.
- Place the oranges or other citrus in a single layer on the pan.
- Sprinkle the fruits with sugar to cover them.
- Bake for about 2 1\2 hours or until the peels are dry and the centre translucent.
Here are some pictures featuring the dried citrus slices.
Dried orange slices add a lovely pop of colour to a Christmas tree.
You can create a garland using the dried fruits and twine to decorate a window and refresh the smell in the kitchen.
Or create a longer garland to decorate the fireplace.
Cover half the fruit in chocolate for a healthy easy snack.
Add some slices to your hot cider or tea to add flavour.
Use different dried fruits to create a homemade potpourri that can also be used as decoration or centrepiece.
Use different citrus, such as lemons, limes, grapefruit and orange to create a variety of colour and shape.
Will you be trying this DIY at home? How do you plan on using the dried fruits - there is just too many options!