These dried orange slices add a beautiful pop of color and citrus scent to your holiday decor and they’re such an easy project. I started off making one batch to use as garland but I loved the pop of color so much that I’m adding in more to our decor this year.
This is a great way to use natural elements in your decor and you can combine these with pine cones or cinnamon sticks, or some greenery. Well really you can combine them with just about anything that you’d normally use to decorate for Christmas and it will look and smell great.
You can use your orange slices as a garland, ornaments or gift toppers. You can even make them into a wreath! Of course these are all projects that I’m planning to tackle, but for now I’m going to share the tutorial with you.
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Supplies for Dried Orange Slices
I don’t think there will be any surprises on this supply list. You can probably predict what your shopping list looks like for this one since the main ingredient is in the title.
I use a mixture of large and small oranges depending on what I’m using them for. The smaller rounds are great for package toppers and a small wreath. If you’re planning to make garland or a wreath you’ll just want to be sure that your rounds are near the same size.
- Oranges – large or small or clementines or tangerines
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment paper
- Large Needle
How Many Oranges Do You Need?
A large orange will give you around 7-8 slices. This means that you can make about 1 foot of garland for each large orange that you use. Of course it will depend on how closely together you space your orange slices but that’s a pretty good estimate for how many oranges you’ll need.
I’d definitely recommend making more than you need. There are so many ways to use them.
To Make Dried Orange Slices
Slice the Oranges
First you’re going to slice the oranges. I’d say you want them to be about 1/8″-1/4″ thick but the most important part will be trying to be sure that they’re close to the same thickness. A uniform thickness will help them to dehydrate at about the same rate so you don’t have some that are ready and some that aren’t.
You can toss the edges that are rind only or use them in a simmer pot. Toss in some cloves or cinnamon and make your home smell amazing and festive.
Bake Your Orange Slices
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
We’re going to bake these on low for 2-3 hours to get most of the moisture out of them. They’ll still look pretty and smell good but they won’t be dripping juice all over the place!
Lay your sliced oranges on your baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
You don’t want your oranges to overlap, be sure that they have a little space around them.
Bake for 2-3 hours until you can see that the edges have started drying.
You’ll want to flip them at least once or twice while they are baking. I like to bake mine for an hour and then flip them every thirty minutes after that. It helps to monitor them to make sure I don’t overcook them.
If you leave them in the oven too long they will start to turn brown and we don’t want that to happen. If you see the edges turning brown then go ahead and pull them out. It’s okay if the centers are still a little wet.
Let Your Orange Slices Cool
Allow the orange slices to cool and dry overnight. I like to let mine sit overnight just to be sure that they’re good and dry before I start working with them.
Of course having the heat on in the house makes the air so dry that it helps them dry out even more.
If the centers are still a little juicy this will give them plenty of time to dry out so that they’ll be ready for you to decorate with.
Dried Orange Slices Garland
If you’re planning to make a garland with your oranges you’ll want to measure the length of your garland first.
After measuring, cut your piece of string to size, making sure to leave about 10 -12inches on either side so that you have a way to hang your garland.
Use a large needle to thread your string back and forth through the top of the orange. You’ll want to be sure to stay close to the rind so that your string will be secure. If you get too far down into the fruit it may not be as secure.
I made my garland with the slices far apart but I love the look of the garland spaced closely together too. The large spacing looks great on our stocking garland.
I also found that using metal ornament hooks was a great way to add the dried orange slices on my tree and other spots. This was a quicker method to place them in our greenery and on our Christmas tree.
These orange slices should keep well over the holiday season but they’ll darken up a bit as they keep drying out.
You can also use these dried orange slices in a variety of ways. Use them to make a wreath or add them on top of gifts with a little sprig of pine.
If you make a garland you can drape you it across your table or hang it in a window. They add a nice bright touch wherever you place them.
I think that orange is a delicious smell to have around the holiday’s. It pairs well with fresh pine, cinnamon and cloves and the nice bright color is a great touch to my decor this year!
I hope you’ll enjoy making your own dried orange slices!
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