Traditional + Timeless: Dried Orange Decorations 3 Ways

Add a fun pop of color to your Christmas decorations and achieve a new level of cozy Christmas chic with these dried orange decor ideas.

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Turn fragrant dried oranges into farmhouse-style holiday decor three different ways.
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There are few Christmas decorations as classic as a dried orange garland. The festive festoon is the perfect way to give a touch of handmade to your Christmas decor without spending a lot of money or devoting too much time to crafting. And while there are many ways to implement natural items in your Christmas decor, there's nothing like the fragrant, colorful look of dried oranges. Read on for our three favorite ways to make a big impact with dried oranges.

Dry Oranges

Before you begin crafting, start by drying the oranges. To achieve the ideal aesthetic, this can take a few hours. First, slice oranges into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on a metal cooling rack for proper air circulation. Bake at 175 degrees Fahrenheit for three to four hours, flipping every hour to ensure even drying. Once dry, let cool at room temperature.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Note: Not all metal cooling racks are oven-safe, and many are only oven-safe when used at low temperatures. Check to make sure your particular cooling rack will work for this application.

Old-Fashioned Orange Ornaments

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Yasmin Murphy

Materials Needed

  • dried oranges
  • twine
  • scissors
  • wooden beads

To craft a charming, old-fashioned ornament, thread twine through the center of a dried orange slice and tie off. Slide a few wooden beads in various sizes onto the twine and tie off the end with a loop for hanging (Images 1 & 2). Hang on your tree or work into greenery around your home for a timeless Christmas look.

Tropical Orange Wreath

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Yasmin Murphy

Materials Needed

  • dried oranges
  • wreath with greenery
  • floral wire
  • eucalyptus

Here’s how you can deck out a standard greenery wreath with bunches of dried oranges. Start by overlapping three oranges to create a rounded, triangular shape. Connect the oranges using thin floral wire and leave a tail sticking out (Image 1). Use the excess floral wire tail to attach the bunches to a wreath for out-of-the-box door decor that you and your neighbors can enjoy (Image 2). If desired, add a few sprigs of eucalyptus for an extra dose of color and texture (Image 3).

Traditional Orange Garland

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Yasmin Murphy

Materials Needed

  • dried oranges
  • twine
  • scissors
  • crochet needle

Creating a traditional orange garland is as easy as drying oranges. All that’s left to do is thread twine through several oranges using a crochet needle (Image 1). The trick is to thread in one side and out the other, sticking to a consistent threading pattern to ensure the twine covers all the oranges in the same manner (Image 2). Once you’ve achieved your desired length, or run out of oranges, tie off the ends in a loop for easy hanging and work the garland into your existing Christmas decor to add a pop of color (Image 3).

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