Citrus season is upon us! You understand what meaning, don’t you? Elsie will probably be whipping up an orange cranberry margarita with the tart fruit, and I’ll be over right here butchering oranges and lemons for vacation dwelling decor. Haha!
That’s proper, I’m getting au naturel and turning meals into Christmas ornaments. These dried citrus ornaments odor nice while you make them, and you may eat the leftovers. Feels like my type of craft!
Easy methods to Make Dried Citrus Ornaments:
Step One: Slice your fruit into 1/4″ slices and thoroughly take away the seeds. Use a large blade knife (this knife set is so cute!) to make sure uniform thickness of particular person slices.
Step Two: Prepare the fruit slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in a heat oven set to about 150-170°F.
Bake for 3-4 hours, flipping each hour till the fruit is dried (however not utterly shriveled up). You need the slices to retain their coloration and never look brown across the edges.
Can You Air Dry The Citrus Slices?
I additionally tried a way of air drying the citrus slices and was shocked at how shortly they dried out.
It took about 4 days for them to get to a pleasant stiffness, although the orange slices curled up moderately than staying flat as they did after baking them. The lemon and lime slices didn’t curl.
Step Three: Pierce the dried fruit slices with decoration hangers. That’s it! Now you have got fairly ornaments to your tree. These would additionally make an ideal reward.
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I like how the slices are a bit like little items of stained glass. The sunshine shines by way of them creating a reasonably orange glow.
These citrus ornaments work nice with an amber vase of evergreens, held on a Christmas tree, and even strung up for a good looking garland in entrance of a window. And I like how they appear subsequent to my DIY porcelain tree lights.
And should you’re pressed for time, you can too buy your orange slices already dried!
We’ve obtained a ton of enjoyable vacation decor and recipe inspiration in our Christmas archives, so discover one thing enjoyable (and scrumptious!) to make this vacation season! –Mandi
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Slice your fruit into 1/4″ slices and thoroughly take away the seeds. Use a large blade knife to ensure uniform thickness of individual slices.
Arrange the fruit slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in a warm oven set to about 150-170°F.
Bake for 3-4 hours, flipping every hour until the fruit is dried (but not completely shriveled up).You want the slices to retain their color and not look brown around the edges.
Pierce the dried fruit slices with ornament hangers. That’s it! Now you have pretty ornaments for your tree. These would also make a great gift.
It took about four days for them to get to a nice stiffness, though the orange slices curled up rather than staying flat as they did after baking them. The lemon and lime slices didn’t curl.