Simple Dried Orange Slice Ornament Craft

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simple dried orange slice ornaments

Today I’m so happy to join some talented blogger friends for the 14 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. We’re all sharing Christmas cheer and inspiration!

I knew exactly what I wanted to try when I heard about this Christmas blog hop. Orange slice ornaments!

Simple Dried Orange Slice Ornament Craft

Dried orange slices have been around for a long time, but recently they’ve been popping up everywhere. I love seeing this old tradition find new legs.

Last year we gave it a try, but our oven runs hot and I forgot this fact. Needless to say, the oranges didn’t make the decor cut that year. This year I set the timer and doted on those little darlings. They turned out perfectly.

dried orange slice ornament

Here’s How I Made the Dried Orange Slice Ornaments

Slice oranges into 1/8″ -1/4″ slices.

Take a rag or paper towel and dab the oranges to remove their juices and speed up the drying process.

Place the orange slices on a cookie sheet with wax paper. If you put them on a wire rack the metal may heat too much and leave marks on your oranges.

I baked our orange slices at 200 degrees for about 4 and a half hours. Turning them over every half hour or so helps to keep the peel from burning. The smaller the orange slice the faster it dries out so I took the tiny ones out before the larger slices.

Once dried, take the tip of a knife or scissors and poke a hole in the orange so you can slide a string through it to hang your dried orange slice ornament.

I used twine and then pushed it into the hole with the tip of the knife.

We got a little extra and hot glued some fresh holly on a few of the orange slices. The bright orange against the green is so beautiful, I just love it.

 

Dried Orange Slice Ornaments make a gorgeous, nature inspired tree.

When you use dried orange slice’s it makes a beautiful natural look on a Christmas tree. they also cost you so little you can afford to make a whole slew of them.

I think our tree needed double what I made and so I’ll be adding more.

This was a really satisfying and relaxing project.

My nine year old and fourteen year old really got into it which made this mama’s heart swell. We had fun visiting and working together. This and the wonderful aroma of the oranges in the oven make this a craft I’ll definitely try again with the kids, or even alone. Is there such a thing as Christmas craft meditation? If so, I think I’ve found it.

xo maria

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A big hanks to Juliet from It’s a Loverly Life for hosting 14 Days of Christmas blog hop! You can’t have too much Holiday inspiration!

My friend Marie from This Dear Casa is up next on the list. I hope you head over there and see her beautiful pampas grass Christmas tree!

Check out all the incredible things these talented women are up to this Holiday season.

Choose an idea and try it yourself!

1 Juliet https://aloverlylife.com/easy-15-minute-baked-brie-recipe/
2 Chas chascrazycreations.com/mini-red-solo-cup-lights/
3 Alicia https://designofyourlife.com/diy-ornament-arch-tutorial
4 Betsy
5 Suzanne https://www.shopatblu.com/simple-tips-to-decorate-a-mantle/
6 Kristin https://fifthsparrownomore.com/how-to-paint-a-christmas-star/
7 Lynn https://livinglargeinasmallhouse.com/christmas-lists-holiday-organizing-made-simple/
8 Kimberly
9 Nicole https://adornthetable.com/4-christmas-place-setting-ideas/
10 Kim
11 Nicolle https://www.ourtinynest.com/2022/11/15/diy-simmer-pot-gift/
12 Crystal https://sweetvalleyacres.com/winter-tree-decorating/
13 Maria https://purehappyhome.com/simple-dried-orange-slice-ornaments-craft/
14 Marie https://thisdearcasa.com/pampas-grass-christmas-tree/

 

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14 Comments

  1. Cindy

    I love dried oranges and your tree looks pretty. I still have to make some dried slices. I did whole ones with cloves in them so far. Pinned!

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Thanks Cindy! Yes, I want to try what you did as well.

      Reply
  2. Chas - Chas' Crazy Creations

    Wow those are so beautiful. I am going to have to try those in our home this year. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Thanks Chas! Super fun and easy!

      Reply
  3. Kristin

    This is so pretty – what a great idea for a rustic Christmas!

    Reply
  4. Nicolle

    Mmmmmm and I bet these smell amazing! I love to use these for ornaments, gift toppers or making garlands!

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Thanks Nicolle! We had a really good time making them together. So many fun projects to do at Christmas.

      Reply
  5. Crystal

    Such a great project! Love how you added the little holly leaves for the perfect finishing touch. So happy to hop along with you!

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Thanks Crystal. The kids and I want to make some more!

      Reply
  6. Betsy at Happily Ever After, Etc.

    I bet these smell soooo good… I would love to make a garland out of them! They look so cute on the tree!

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Yes, we want to make a garland as well! It was so much fun working with the kids on it!

      Reply
  7. Marie

    Sweet and simple! I think you coined a new term with the Christmas crafting meditation and I’m here for it!

    Reply
  8. Lynn

    Hi Maria –
    Love the idea of dried fruit for the holidays. I need to make something natural for my tree. So simple and so pretty!

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Thank Lynn! I really like adding items from nature to the Christmas tree, it’s a good feeling.

      Reply

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