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.
- Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
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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.
- 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
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.
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.
Thread wire lengthwise through the cinnamon stick. Bend one end over, thread the other end through the clementine loop and secure.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008
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