Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 5: Dried Citrus Ornaments

Hmm...Now that we made some ornaments for the birds, how about we make some for ourselves? After looking back on some of our past holiday projects, we came across the holiday garland we made a couple years ago. Loving the way the dried fruit looked on it, we thought that they would make wonderful ornaments! And we were right!

What You Need:
  • Various citrus fruits (we used limes, lemons, & oranges)
  • Knife
  • String

First, cut your fruit into 1/4" slices. Then arrange them on a cookie sheet (our original instructions advised lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper, but we were out of it and it still worked fine!) and pop them into a preheated 170 degree oven. Let them dry in the oven for about 6-8 hours, keeping the oven door slightly open using a wooden spoon to let out the moisture. Turn the fruit over every two hours.

Once the fruit was dry, take them out of the oven, let them cool, and pop string or ribbon through the hole in their centers (if a hole isn't there naturally, use a wooden skewer to make one).Then hang on your tree and see how pretty they look! We love the way the light shines through them like stained glass! Simple elegance!
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  1. thanks for sharing, love it!

  2. That's exactly what I'm doing today !! I love the smell : )

  3. I love this idea, it's both natural and beautiful. Please consider linking up to my Virtual Christmas Ornament Swap here:

  4. I was just wondering... if i spray them with something, will they keep until next year?

  5. I love them! Thanks for sharing. I made these a year or so ago, as decor for my kitchen, lightly stacking them into jars. Love the tutorial on how you made them, makes it easy! :D

  6. I featured this today on my Christmas in July Blog Celebration

    I have a featured button, on my blog, if you'd like :-)