I had seen this idea floating around on a few different accounts and I had to try it! I wanted to incorporate a new texture into our Christmas decor this year beyond the standard ornaments and ribbon and this did just the trick!
I ended up cutting four oranges in total into a quarter of an inch-is slices. Basically that’s what fit on my two baking sheets so that’s what I went with. I would probably do six total if I was doing this again just to add a tad more. I wanted this to compliment my decor not BE THE DECOR, so it’s more subtle and blending.
After you cut your desired oranges you will need to dab off as much moisture from the slices as you can. Don’t be overly conserned, just paper towel style and keep on rolling.
After you have soaked up what you can, place the orange slices on your parchment paper on your baking sheet and place them in a preheated oven of around 200 degrees.
Then walk away.
I checked on mine intermittently out of curiosity and that there is not an exact time that they need to dry out. I ended up cooking mine for 4.5 hours and had the last hour and a half at 250 degrees. The key to knowing when they are done is that when you blot your oranges with a paper towel, no actual liquid comes off onto that paper towel. If they are still wet at all, they will start to mold and we don’t want that. You could probably do a little less time than I did and keep more of the orange color, but I was looking for neutrals and more of a texture from the oranges.
After they were fully dried out, I piled them into a bowl and decided that I wanted to put two holes in each slice to have them hung evenly. You could do one hole and let them dangle if you so desire! I simply used the smallest screw driver I had for the holes.
Then it’s time to add the ribbon/thread/yarn of your choosing. This hemp is what I had available at home and went with it. I did small sections of garland rather than one big piece so I could place them where I wanted (again, I was looking for subtle rather than all over).
I ended up adding 7 slices per piece and made 4 strings worth total. Our tree is in a corner so I don’t have to worry about all the sides. Ideally I would have 2 or so more strings but this works perfectly for this year!
Here are the down and dirty directions for those looking for them!
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees
- Cut orange slices to about a quarter of an inch per slice
- Use a paper towel to draw out any moisture from each slice
- Place slices on parchment paper lined baking sheet(s)
- Plan on the slices drying in the oven for 4-5 hours
- Remove and check for any remaining moisture (needs to be completely dry so no molding happens)
- Create holes in dried slices for hanging
- String in quantities you so desire for your style
- Hang on your tree!
Now to actually finish decorating the tree with those ornaments! Full Christmas decor to come!