Bringing natural elements into the home during the festive season is one of my favourites, and if we can create them ourselves even better – twigs and pinecones make beautiful Natural Ornaments but they aren’t the only things – dried citrus fruit makes a fantastic addition to your natural decorating and they are so easy to make.
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I remember doing this as a child, it’s age-old and there are many ways to do it – but this is our prefered method and the kids can even help to create them – strung up, made into a wreath, ornaments and even in a bowl of homemade potpourri they last a while and are really festive.
Materials needed to dry citrus fruit
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Safety knife if the kids will be joining in – We like these nylon knives and the kids and I both use them as they will cut but not through the skin.
Oven or Dehydrator we have used both and they will both work well. The Dehydrator does mean that you will then be able to cook other items whilst the oranges and lemons dry.
Optional Cloves for decoration and scent
How to dry citrus fruit for festive decorations
- Cut up the fruit in thin slices – we use pampered chef knives the children can cut through quite strong skinned fruit and they won’t get injured
- Once the fruit is sliced place onto baking trays which have been lined with a sheet of baking paper/grease proof paper.
- To add to the Christmas time add in some cloves which believe me will make your house smell amazing as they dry in the oven.
- With all complete put into the oven at 75C (lowest setting on my oven) and after 2-hours turn over the slices, then another 2-hours.
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Depending on your oven they make take longer and also based on the size of the slices that you cut.
Using these to decorate your home for the festive season
Once dried get ready to create some amazing natural decorations in the home. Here are just a couple of suggestions of how you could use them.
Possibly my favourite way is to decorate the bannister with an artificial evergreen garland, add in the dried fruit, some cinnamon sticks tie these in with some florist wire which hides and you can even add in extra parts of holly. At the end of the festive season remove the dried fruit and use as potpourri for the winter and store the garland for next winter.