I always look forward to drying oranges around this time of year. It is a super simple/ inexpensive way to add natural elements to your Christmas decor, and there are so many ways you can use them. As an added bonus they also make your house smell amazing!
What you will need:
- Navel Oranges
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Paper Towel
- Cookie sheets
- Parchment Paper
- Your choice of string (I use Jute)
Preheat your oven to 200°. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Grab your cutting board and slice the oranges about 1/4 inch thick. Blot your orange slices with a paper towel (this will speed up the drying process) and place in a single layer on the cookie sheets. Place your sheets in the oven for about 5-6 hours until the oranges are slightly brown and dry, making sure they do not burn. When complete be sure to let the orange slices cool.
While I am not much of a drinker and have never tried this myself, the girls over at The Design Umbrella suggested adding brown sugar and cinnamon before baking. These slices will make the perfect garnish for all kinds of Christmas cocktails.
Now it is time to decorate! String the oranges (making sure to poke through the flesh of the orange, and not the rind) to make a garland, ornaments or bring out your glue gun to make a simple wreath like I did below.
I can’t wait to see how you use your dried orange slices, be sure to tag me in all your creations on Instagram @beingbritany.