How to dry Orange Slices for decoration

INSIDE : Learn how to dry Orange Slices for decoration during the winter months.  They make great Holiday Ornaments, set out in a dish or strung on a garland!

Orange Slice Ornaments

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Christmas is nearing and I’m so excited to share my newest favorite decor thing!  Also, it seems all of the digital world is also sharing about this new trend – but I figured what’s a little more citrus fruit love out there!

Today, I am talking how to dry Orange Slices for decorations in your home all winter season long.  See how I used them in my Natural Modern Flocked Christmas Tree this year.

Orange Slices on a Tree

Supplies needed to make Holiday Orange Slices:

Oranges (I used two)
Green Baker’s Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Mandoline + Cut Resistant Glove
Parchment Paper

How to Dry Orange Slices for decor:

Start by preheating your oven to 200F.


Slice two oranges into roughly 1 cm slices. You can use a mandoline to help create the perfect slices. I just used a knife for mine.

Oranges on a cutting board

Place orange slices on a piece of parchment paper in the oven.

Baked Orange Slices

Bake slices for one hour and then flip over.
Then, bake the orange slices for another hour and flip again. You’ll start to notice the oranges are just beginning to dry a bit.

Dried Oranges

Flip slices every half-hour to prevent sticking and to check on the progress.

Once you notice the orange slices become a bit see through, don’t have a plump fruity feel and are dried out, you may remove them from the oven.  This process can take about 3-6 hours.

Dried Orange Slices

Once my orange slices were dry, I set them out on our countertop for another day.  This allowed for any last remaining juices from the fruit to evaporate fully.

Orange Slices Decoration

I hung three on our new Merry Christmas Advent calendar and I think this is my favorite Orange Slice garland location in our home!!! 

Orange Slice Advent Calendar
Orange Slices Decoration

How to Make an Orange Slice garland with Baker’s Twine:

Once your orange slices have been dehydrated, you can do all kinds of fun things with them!  I made one orange into a few garlands using baker’s twine.  There are many ways to do this, but I’ll share the method I thought was most simple and long lasting.

  1. Decide on the length for your garland and cut a piece of baker’s twine accordingly.
  2. Using a hot glue gun, add a small dab of glue to the backside of your orange and adhere it to the twine.  
  3. Continue adding your citrus slices with equal spacing until you are satisfied!

I did not like how my oranges hung from the twine due to the thinness of the baker’s twine, so I simply cut another piece of twine the same length as the first one and hung it along side the orange slice one.  It gave the perfect drape look I was going for!

Orange Slice Garland and Bakers Twine

How to Make an Orange Slice Ornaments for your Christmas Tree:

After making the orange slice garlands, I still had almost an entire orange of slices leftover, so I decided to create ornaments out of them!

Cut the length of baker’s twine you need to create an ornament loop.  Then, similarly to the garland, you add one small dab of hot glue to the backside of your slice.  Put the twine on your glue and you are ready to hang them from all the things!

Orange Slice Ornaments
Dry Orange Slices

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