Learn the simple steps for dried orange slices to use for dried orange garlands, ornaments, or other decor.
I discovered the beauty of dried orange slice garlands when I was researching Scandinavian inspired Christmas decor.
I just love the elegant simplicity and cozy feeling they bring to a space.
So, I did some research to find out how to make my own dried orange slices for garlands, ornaments, and other decor.
Supplies Needed to Make Dried Orange Slices
- Navel Oranges
- Sharp Knife
- Paper towel
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- Wire Cooling Rack
How to make Dried Orange Slices– Step by Step Instructions
The process of making dried orange slices is so simple!
- Lay each orange on its side and slice oranges with a sharp knife until thin – about 1/4-1/2 inch. Try to cut them into as uniform thickness as possible so they’ll all dry at the same rate.
- Blot extra moisture from the oranges with a paper towel.
- Lay on a parchment paper covered baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees, flipping the orange slices over every 30 minutes.
- Baking times will differ based on the thickness of the slices and type of oranges. You’ll know they are done when the outer rind has hardened and the middle is mostly dry. It will still be slightly sticky to the touch. (It will take approximately 3-5 hours in total to dry.)
Once the orange slices have dried in the oven, lay them out in a single layer on a wire cooling rack and let them air dry for a few more days. They will dry more as they sit out.
Ways to use dried orange slices
- Use wax string or jute & a large needle to string dried oranges into a garland for the tree, fireplace mantel, or above windows and doorways.
- Turn dried oranges into a gift wrap accent and tie them onto gifts with string or jute.
- Hang them on the tree for a lovely natural element.
- Add cinnamon sticks and sprigs of fresh or faux herbs to dried oranges and turn it into a beautiful dried orange wreath.
- Place them in a bowl with other dried citrus slices (like lemons) for a pretty centerpiece for coffee table or dining table.
How to store dried oranges
Dried orange slices can be preserved for many years (2-7!) if stored properly.
Store them in an airtight container free from moisture (to prevent mold from growing). Package them carefully with tissue paper and store with your delicate Christmas decor.
For more easy Christmas tree ornament ideas, you might want to check out:
And if you want some more fun inspiration for your Christmas tree this year, go check out my friend Shirley’s Christmas tree!
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