Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DIY Dried Orange Ornaments

For those of you keeping up with our posts, I am in the process of revamping our purple themed Christmas tree. So far, I tackled upcycling our old tree skirt into a fabulous white ruffled one, which you can read all about here. The tree skirt cost me virtually nothing, so I thought it would be okay to spend the spare change and buy two oranges...

... Which I promptly sliced into quarter inch thick slices and placed on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. (You might want to line the sheet with foil for easy clean up. I regret not doing that!) 

Next, place the sheet into a 200* preheated oven for six to seven hours. Rotate the baking sheet and flip the oranges every hour or two. Your house will smell delicious!

When the oranges are done, leave them in the warm oven overnight to continue drying out.

I had some golden twine that was never opened. I threaded it through the center of the oranges to create a loop to hang on our tree branches.

And ta-da! A beautiful, natural ornament that cost literally only spare change to make! I can't wait to put them on our "real" tree. Right now, they are on a mini tree. I will post more pictures once the tree gets set up.

I got about 14 slices and 4 half slices (some broke when I was cutting them). You can probably fit three oranges on one large baking sheet. 

What Christmas crafts have you been up to so far this year?

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  1. Those look so cool, and probably does smell great while drying :)

  2. This makes me want to go into the kitchen and start slicing! :) Thank you for posting! :)

  3. Wow this is such a cool idea! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  4. I did this one year. It's such an easy craft to make and smells so good!

    I would love for you to link this up at my Frugal Thursday Rewind linky! (http://alifeinbalance.net)

  5. Love these! I'd love to have you join my Pin Me Linky Party because this is an awesome idea! I'm going to pin it now! I am following you via GFC & Pinterest!

    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network
    Link Rink

  6. I really love this idea, and it must smell really great!

  7. I love this so much. Thank you for linking to my Ornament Party!! Yes, Michele and I will have to do this. I'm emailing her with your link right away! Thanks, Linda

  8. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-turkey.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  9. LOVE these, especially since we're from Florida. It's perfect for a kitchen tree.
    Stopping by via Linda's at Two Succulent Sisters.
    Much love,

  10. What a great idea! Marcia told me about these and I came to see! I love them!

  11. These are great. I suppose you could do the same with a lemon and a lime for different colors too. x


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