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.

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Spiced Orange Ornament Adds Beauty, AromaEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 DecorationsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 ClementineEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 OrnamentEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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