Christmas DIY - Orange Decorations | 3 ways

As I child I loved the tacky decorations your grandparents had but now as adults we celebrate and decorate the way we want! I love seeing all the classic and classy Pinterest decoration ideas with spiced dried fruits so I made some myself!


Here is a step by step and how to use them in 3 different ways! Enjoy.


 

DRIED ORANGES - HOW TO MAKE:

You will need:

- Oranges (various sizes)

- Twine or string

- Non-stick baking sheet

- Paper towels

- Tongs

- Cutting board

- Sharp knife (please get adult to help if you are younger!)

- Spices to sprinkle!







Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 175C

  • Choosing a good selection of sizes, thinly slice your oranges from the top (see picture - you can see the segments of the orange better)

  • Pat the slices dry to adsorb as much juice as possible (don't be afraid to press hard - they will need to be as dry as possible)

  • Arrange them on the sheet and lightly sprinkle some spices (I chose cinnamon)

  • Pop them in and let them dry for 3 hours (4 if they're a little thicker)

  • Keep an eye on them by turning them over every 45 mins with the tongs.

  • You can take them out sooner if they look done (they can vary due to different ovens) Once done, let the cool slightly on the baking tray


 

DECORATION No 1: Christmas Tree Decorations.



You'll need:

  • twine/string (anything you like)

  • dried oranges

Steps:

  • Using a pokey tool or some scissors, poke a hole at the top of the dry orange and feed through some string (get a parent to help if you're younger) Tie up the two ends and ta-da!

(Tip: if there is a hole in the middle from where it dried out in the oven, feed the string through there!)



 

DECORATION No 2: Orange Garland


You'll need:

  • twine/string (anything you like)

  • dried oranges


Steps:

  • The same as the Christmas decorations; Use a pokey tool or some scissors, poke a hole at the top of the dry orange and feed through some string (get a parent to help if you're younger)

  • Add as many oranges as you'd like to the string to make a long chain!

  • Now to decide where to hang it! Some suggestions; the tree, fireplace, front door. The options are endless!


 

Last one!


DECORATION No 3: Gift wrapping!




You'll need:

  • twine/string (anything you like)

  • dried oranges

  • labels

  • present

  • cinnamon stick/dried herbs (optional)

Steps:


  • Same as the others, feed the string through the orange.

  • After you've written on the label, feed the string through the label hole and add one more orange slice on top. This give dimensions (which is why variety of orange slice sizes helps)

  • (optional - you can loop in some cinnamon sticks or dried herbs to make it smell so fresh and festive)

  • Carefully tied the string around the present, make sure it's secure and won't fall off!

  • Ta-da! A very classy and eco friendly way to decorate a present!


 

EXTRA TIP!


Have scraps left over from the slices (ends, thick chunks etc) and not sure what to do with them? Here's a few ways to use them!


- Dry out the scraps (like with the slices), chop them finely and used them to put in rock bun/cakes for flavour!

- Squeeze out the remaining juice for fresh orange juice or use it to flavour some bakes

- Put the scraps in a pot with some cloves, cinnamon and other spices, pour in some water and let it simmer on the stove to make an autumn/wintery kitchen potpourri! Mmmm



And there you have it!


A few little makes and super easy to do! I'm not usually one for DIY's as I much prefer writing in depth but this was a fun Christmas treat!


Thanks for visiting x

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