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Citrus Ornaments with Dehydrated Fruit

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

dried fruit cinnamon sticks rosemary sprig ornament
Citrus Ornaments

My daughter and I made the most beautiful garland for my sister-in-law. We are visiting her family in Kansas for Thanksgiving and wanted to give her a hand-made hostess gift.

When we finished the garland, we had a lot of dried oranges left, (not going to lie, I ate the rest of the apples!), so to use those oranges, I made these ornaments for our tree, and a smaller garland for a friend. I estimate we spent about $40 on all supplies needed, and came away with a product worth several times more. Best part of all is that we did it together, (she is eight), and she didn't argue. That is a mom-win!

mandolin slicer and oranges wood countertop
Mandolin Slicer

Let me preface by saying this:

  1. My mandolin didn't do a very good job of slicing the oranges evenly. Probably something I did wrong, but it didn't work for me. It worked GREAT for the apples.

  2. I got about four or sometimes five good slices out of each orange.

  3. You want the slices to be as thin as possible because it takes longer to dehydrate a thicker slice. I sliced them about 1/4" thick, and it took me about four hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit to dehydrate them.

  4. I used my oven. I thought it would be easier than borrowing a dehydrator because I could put a lot in there at once. I'm not sure that it was any better. I am pretty sure the energy usage was a lot higher.

I lined my pans with parchment paper, but it wasn't necessary. It is an optional step.

apples, oranges, and eucalyptus in oven to dehydrate
200 degrees F, for as long as it takes. Hours. It takes Hours.

I did dry some Silver Dollar Eucalyptus at the same time. I have three trees in my yard and thought it would be nice to add to the fray, but it was pretty brittle when it dried. I ended up not using it. Those apple chips were so stinking good... I wondered if I'd eat them all before I even got started.

supplies dehydrated apples and oranges eucalyptus cinnamon sticks string hot glue gun scissors
Supplies Needed

As you can see, my supplies were as follows:

  1. Apple slices

  2. Orange slices

  3. Cinnamon sticks (Amazon)

  4. 25mm Wood Beads (Amazon)

  5. Rosemary clippings (from my garden)

  6. Jute string (Amazon... noticing a trend here...)

  7. Glue gun (Amazon)

  8. Embroidery needle (ahem... Amazon)

  9. Box of miscellaneous beads, ribbons, decorations... just in case.

Now, let's get down to business.

I started by hot gluing my cinnamon sticks together, just to be on the safe side. After adhering three cinnamon sticks, I added a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary from my garden.

I cut a piece of jute about 18" long, because I'd rather have too much than not enough string, and went through my orange meat. I then did sort of a whip stitch over the peel (to add some stability to the ornament) and came back through the meat again.

I left the needle threaded, but used the strings to wrap snuggly around the cinnamon sticks. I tied the string at the top of the rosemary. Be careful to make it snug, but not so tight that you damage the orange peel.

I then threaded the second strand of jute through the needle, and threaded both through the wood bead. I tied that off to keep the bead in place, and removed the needle. I made a second knot near the ends of the string to form a loop for hanging.

And voila!

Once you have the hang of it (and it's about as easy as a Christmas craft project can be) you can make all sorts of goodies, like the petite garland below, which I made for a friend.

If you decide to give it a try, I'd love to hear how it went, and, as always, I want to see photos, please!!

**Materials: Below are links to the tools and products that I use, but you can use any brand. Hot Glue Gun with 30 glue sticks: 25mm Wood Beads: Jute Twine: Cinnamon Sticks: Embroidery Needles: **By using our website, you hereby consent to our disclaimer and agree to its terms.**

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