Use Dried Orange Slices to Create Timeless Holiday Decor

Dried orange slices will add the perfect, timeless touch to your home this holiday season. They are ridiculously easy to make, and are so reminiscent of years gone by. Use them to transition seamlessly between your Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, without breaking the bank.

oranges in wooden bowl and sliced oranges on wooden cutting board

Keep the Holidays Simple

In a world where society urges us to buy more, and to make our homes look like the pages of a magazine, I choose to foster simplicity. In our decor, in our gifts, and in our energy. That means that rather than stressing myself out with a mile long list of to-do’s, and gifts, and obligations, I’ve chosen to focus on making memories with my people.

Memories of home cooked meals shared around the table, with beeswax candles lit just because it’s Tuesday. Of evenings spent around the fire reading a good book and sipping rich hot cocoa. Memories of little hands stringing dried orange slices onto twine, and the wander on their faces as the light glimmers through them like stained glass as they drape in the kitchen window.

French press coffee and homemade bread by candlelight
dried orange slices on a wooden cutting board

How to make dried orange slices

  1. Preheat your oven to its lowest temperature setting.
  2. Slice the oranges thinly, to about 1/4″ thick.
  3. Place the slices on a baking rack. Place them in oven for 3-6 hours, until they are no longer sticky.

Tips for Drying Orange Slices

  • If properly dried and stored in an airtight container (like a good ol’ ziplock bag), they will last for years!
  • They darken with age, but they’re totally fine. Save them for next year and add in some freshly dried slices for a stunning array of colors.
  • You could also dry grapefruit slices to add variety to your citrusy decor.
  • Rotate your pans throughout the drying process for more even color.
  • I used a baking sheet because it was all that I had, so my slices dried a little darker. I don’t mind at all, but you may want to opt for a baking rack instead.

You can use dried orange slices in so many different ways!

  • In a garland
  • As ornaments on a tree
  • For a pop of color in a wreath
  • Like citrus crystals hanging from your chandelier
  • As tokens in a rustic wall hanging
  • Combined with cinnamon and clove to make potpourri (and yes, I had to google that spelling)
homemade dried orange garland and eucalyptus branches

I think they pair beautifully with evergreen boughs or eucalyptus branches.

Did you know that you can grow your own eucalyptus?? I have a tree in my front yard that has the most gorgeous foliage. I love to channel my inner medicine woman and hang bundles of it all around the house to dry.

I’ve also read on the Google, that you can eat your dried orange slices! I’m thinking dipped in dark chocolate with a little sea salt sprinkled on top. I might need to go make more just for snacking!

Watch My Tutorial for Dried Oranges

However you choose to use your dried orange slices, there’s no arguing that they are one of the most versatile decor items known to man…or Mama.

Dried Orange Slices

Dried Orange Slices

Yield: Tons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Estimated Cost: $5

Dried orange slices will add the perfect, timeless touch to your home this holiday season!

Materials

  • Oranges or grapefruits

Tools

  • Sharp Knife
  • Oven or Dehydrator

Instructions

  1. Thinly cut orange slices, to about 1/4" thick.
  2. Place them on baking rack.
  3. Place in oven on the lowest temperature and bake for 3-6 hours, until they are no longer sticky.

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