Christmas Crafting With Dried Oranges

Decorating with fruits and vegetables is an old-fashioned craft I love.  Many of us display fresh fruit in season in bowls and centerpieces.  It’s December and citrus season is here. Today I’m sharing my love of oranges – not only as a favorite snack, but as a decorating element.  It’s great to use for Christmas and even into January for winter decorating.







Add it to bowls of nuts, spices, or just greenery on the table like the photo below. Notice fresh and dried slices of oranges.







If you haven’t tried drying fruit slices, you really must give it a try.  You can use your oven, a cookie sheet, and jute or string to make cheerful holiday decorations.



Drying Orange Slices


These instructions would work for other citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits, tangerines, and limes.

  1. Cut oranges crosswise into 3/4-inch slices making them as uniform as possible in thickness
  2. Create a tiny hole in the top of each slice with a small paring knife
  3. Lay on a baking sheet or aluminum foil in the oven set at the lowest temperature (around 150 degrees F)
  4. Bake for about four hours, then turn with a spatula, checking them every hour until they seem almost dry with a bit of moisture left so they still have an orange color (they will continue to dry at room temperature)
  5. Optional, add spices such as cloves before baking








Decorating With Orange Slices






Christmas Tree


String twine or ribbon through each piece of orange to hang on your tree.







A dried orange slice on a Christmas tree.

Image by Michel Arnaud via Good Housekeeping






After drying orange slices, put a sturdy string or cord through the holes in each slice followed by something like popcorn or cranberries in between slices.  If you plan to use it on your  Christmas tree, make smaller garlands to go around the tree.  Due to the weight, a really long one might break.


I added slices to my small garland behind the dining table.  Since I made the cranberry and bay leaf garland without orange slices, I added two slices to the removable hooks. It really adds to the festive look.








Centerpiece 1 Fresh Oranges


  1. Use 2 fresh oranges, 2 dried orange slices, a large cylinder candle, and string or ribbon.
  2. Put raffia, string, or ribbon through the hole of each orange slice and tie one to front of candle and one to the back of the candle.
  3. Slice the fresh oranges through four ways, without cutting through the bottom. This leaves 8 attached wedges. Open the wedges up gently to form petal shapes. Place on either side of the candle on 2 plates.

Idea and photo via Shamrock Affiliations






Centerpiece 2 Dried Elements


Start with a twig wreath or circular bundle.  Lay a flat plate in the center over the hole. Place 4 cylinder candles in the center. Arrange pine cones, dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, and dried flowers around the candles. Make sure pine cones are lower than candles

Idea and photo via Pinterest

Dried Elements Centerpiece



Decorate Presents


Use long string to go through orange slice and then wrap around present box. Let the orange slice hang in the middle of the front of the box. Add greenery.





Mason Jar Decoration

  1. Wrap mason jar with burlap ribbon
  2. Wrap jute string around jar over ribbon three times
  3. Tie orange slice to jar with jute string on front of jar

Idea & photo via Wanelo

Dried orange & burlap mason jart




Decorating With Bowls of Dried Elements

Just as you decorate with bowls of fresh fruit, winter is the perfect time for pine cones, dried fruit, nuts, and spices to be displayed.







Thanks for coming by. I hope I’ve inspired you.









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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

21 thoughts to “Christmas Crafting With Dried Oranges”

  1. I love oranges for decoration. They are so luxurious to me plus they smell good. Your ideas take orange decorating to a new level.

  2. You’re always inspiring Carol. I love the different ideas you shared and there’s just something about oranges that makes me feel good inside. I don’t know if it’s the color or that delicious citrus smell but they’ always make me feel content so how

    1. I totally agree. Citrus has a wonderful aroma and makes my mouth feel clean. Oranges, tangerines etc are yummy and lemons and limes spark up the flavor of other food.

  3. I got as far as drying the oranges, but they have been in a bowl ever since. We leave on vacation in less than 24 hours so maybe I should hang them before we leave. They do make the house smell nice.

    1. Yes they smell nice. I’d hang them outside for the birds while you’re gone. That would be a Christmas gift to them.

  4. I still have time to try these before Christmas! Thanks for the tutorial and all the ideas for using them.
    Merry Christmas!

  5. Love that candle!! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 6 for All Things Christmas. Shared.

  6. Congrats! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 7 for Christmas Trees and Ornaments from my previous linkup for All Things Christmas!

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