Dried Orange Christmas Decorations

With their earthy, mellow hues, these dried orange ornaments look naturally beautiful when hung from the vibrant green branches of a real conifer tree.
Spiced Orange Ornament Adds Beauty, Aroma

Spiced Orange Ornament Adds Beauty, Aroma

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Even after they have been dried thoroughly, oranges retain enough of an aroma to fill a room for many days with their citrus scent. To dehydrate oranges, arrange the slices and whole fruits in a single layer on a piece of cheesecloth on a wire rack. Leave to dry in a very low oven or a warm cabinet, which can take 48 hours or longer.

Materials Needed:

  • eco-friendly adhesive glue
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 dried orange slice
  • 1 flat, dried bay leaf
  • several lengths of thin wire
  • a handful of cloves
  • 1 dried, whole clementine
  • skewer or knitting needle
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Step 1

Glue the star anise onto the front of the orange slice, and the bay leaf onto the back. Secure a length of wire in a loop at the top of the orange.

Spice Up Atmosphere with Dried Fruit, Herb Decorations

Spice Up Atmosphere with Dried Fruit, Herb Decorations

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Stick cloves into the clementine in a pattern. Push a skewer through the fruit, thread wire through the hole and secure one end in a loop.

Studded Clove Patterned Clementine

Studded Clove Patterned Clementine

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Thread wire lengthwise through the cinnamon stick. Bend one end over, thread the other end through the clementine loop and secure.

Scented Cinnamon Ornament

Scented Cinnamon Ornament

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Attach the loose wire at the top of the clementine to the orange slice. The three parts should now all be joined together by wire.

Spiced Orange Ornament

Spiced Orange Ornament

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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