DIY: Dried Orange Slices

Perfect for Christmas Decorations & More!
Since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought today I should share how to make dried orange slices. I have always loved the look of dried orange slices, so I wanted to make some myself this year. Dried Orange slices are super easy to make and require very little effort which is great because we all know it can be very hectic during the holidays.

Now, let's learn how to make dried orange slices for all of your Christmas decorations like ornaments, garlands, wreath decorations, and more! Let's begin!
Supplies

Oranges (or blood orange, tangerine, clementine)
Knife
Parchment paper
Baking sheet
Paper towels
Cooling racks
First, you need to gather some oranges, you can use just about any kind of orange, you can even use other citrus like limes, lemons or grapefruits! The main thing you want to look for is the thickness of the skin. The thicker the better!
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Slice oranges in rounds, about 1/4 inch thick.
3. Blot dry with paper towels, try to get as much of the liquid soaked up as possible.
4. Arrange slices directly on the racks in your oven but if you don’t want to do that, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 3-4 hours, about every 30-45 minutes you want to flip them so they dry evenly. The edges should be slightly browned.
6. Lastly, remove them from the oven and place them on cooling racks.

You can use them once they have cooled down, however I left mine out for 2-3 days, until completely dry because you want the flesh of the orange to be completely dry.

Note: They are easy to burn, depending on how thick you cut them. If they start cooking too quickly and they are burning rather than drying, drop your temperature by 5-10 degrees and check them more often.
Once they're completely dry you can turn them into whatever you like. 
Supplies for decorating:

Star anise
Cinnamon sticks
Twine
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors

The first thing I made with my dried orange slices were little decorations for my presents.  I used a combination of twine, cinnamon sticks, and star anise to make these cute little arrangements. My favorite was the dried orange slices with a star anise, they make the prettiest and natural combination.
Definitely keep and eye out for my blog post about my 2019 Gift Wrapping Theme, coming soon.
I also made a few ornaments for our tree, and OMG! on our tree they glow so beautifully, they remind me of stained glass windows. I highly recommend making them and you can also make a beautiful and rustic garland out of dried orange slices.
My favorite thing about these dried orange slices is once they’re dry, they’re dry and won’t mold! However, they might age and may not look as pretty next Christmas but if you are planning on storing them away for the next season, store them between pieces of newspaper to collect moisture.
I hope you have fun making these, let me know if you do!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Holidays!

Comments

  1. I've seen these before and loved the look of them. Yours turned out so nice I especially loved the way the grapefruit ones look. The colors are so vibrant.

    xo
    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

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    1. Thank you so much Juliana! That means a lot it was my first time making them and I wasn't sure how they would turn out. But I love them!

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