Dried Orange Slice Christmas Ornaments

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When I got the idea to decorate our entire Christmas tree with handmade ornaments this year I wasn’t positive I could pull it off, but I did and it looks amazing.  Today I am going to share how to make dried orange ornaments.  When the holidays are over we put our tree outside and let the local animals, mostly squirrels, eat the edible parts of the decorations…. oranges, apples, cranberries, popcorn

cutting board

1.)  Cut oranges in 1/4″ slices.

2.)  Lay oranges on paper towels in a single layer.

3.)  Place another paper towel on top and gently pat to remove excess juice.

4.)  Place oranges in single layer directly on oven rack and bake at 275° F for one hour, then 225° F for two additional hours.  Make sure to flip the oranges every half hour to prevent them from curling and to release moisture from the oven.

5.)  They may feel a little sticky when you first take them out of the oven, but will harden the rest of the way on their own.  If you want to keep them once they are completely hardened you can spray them with a clear coat, but since we will put them out for the animals I left them as is.

6.)  Using a needle, thread, and cranberries I decorated them and then hung them on the tree!  I absolutely love the stained glass effect you get when they are in front of a light.  Beautiful!


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14 Responses to Dried Orange Slice Christmas Ornaments

  1. OoOhh that’s cool – I love how the light reflects through the Oranges!

  2. I love this idea! I’ve been looking for something to do with my planters and may have to try the orange slices. Thank you! I have it saved in Pinterest 🙂

  3. Love this idea, Danielle! Especially because the animals can enjoy it, too!

  4. Carrie Phelps says:

    I love this idea so much & it must smell great from start to finish! Thanks for the idea, I plan to do this with my grandsons.

  5. Maggie Richardson says:

    I’m making these as I write this….I can’t wait to have them decorate the tree and then share them with the squirrels following Christmas….It’s a win-win all around!

  6. Mary Dailey says:

    The light will also heat the orange slice just enough to set off the fragrance. I’m doing this!

  7. Kay M. says:

    These are gorgeous! I love the fact that you put the tree out for the animals! We always donate our tree to Galveston beaches to help stop beach erosion. I’m thinking we could decorate this way, set it out by the deer feeder for a week after Christmas (ha! as if it would take that long!) until everything is gone, then take it to Galveston!

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  10. Beth R says:

    I love the look of these! I am going to have to make some up this year. Thank you for sharing

  11. Stacey case says:

    Love this idea. Are they fragrant?

  12. Stacey case says:

    Are they fragrant?

  13. Seriously! Danielle, you just made a great idea on how to do that in orange, I love the expression of your little cute girl she seems really enjoying what she was doing. Good timing I saw your post over the web I’m thinking of something new I can do for this coming Christmas and my kids will sure love this concept of yours for sure. Thank you!

  14. This how you roll the orange, Love your idea, Danielle! It is satisfying to read every comment here that they really enjoyed what you shared in your blog. I love how you made your story, I hope I can make this weekend. This is just a perfect theme for a daughter and mother quality time.

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