You may remember our collaboration with Emily of Poppie Studios and Caroline of Moonstruck Florals a couple years back. We’ve teamed up with Emily again to show you different ways you can use dried citrus decorations for the holidays this year! Keep scrolling to see ornaments, a wreath, garland and table runner dried orange decorations that you can easily DIY this holiday season.
To make dried citrus decorations, first, slice your citrus into ¼” slices. Then, using a food dehydrator (we used the Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator) dry the slices until they are as moisture-free as possible to avoid any unwanted bugs finding them. It took us a little over 18 hours, rotating the trays every couple of hours, to get ours very dry. Once they’re nice and crispy, you can start making your dried orange decorations!
Dried Citrus Ornaments
Using the dried orange slices and some white butchers string, you’ll want to “drill” a hole with an Xacto knife that’s big enough to let the string pass through. Simply tie a knot in the string and viola! You’ve got easy dried citrus ornaments ready to hang on your Christmas tree. You can always add round wood beads for a more modern flair too!
Dried Fruit Wreath
When it comes to making a dried fruit wreath, you’ve got a ton of options. For our take on it, we used an existing wooden rose wreath and embellished it. We did so by attaching dried orange slices using silver sequin pins. Then, we tucked in silver dollar eucalyptus and some magnolia blossoms to complete the look. You could also use pine bow wreaths to make your dried fruit wreath too!
Dried Citrus Garland
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace to hang stockings from, then you could also create a dried citrus garland to hang from it. We kept it simple by stringing the citrus slices on white butchers string to create a dried citrus garland. Which we paired with a wood bead garland and some eucalyptus.
Dried Citrus Table Runner
Using a premade eucalyptus table runner, we simply tucked dried citrus decorations and more magnolia blossoms to make a quick and inexpensive dried citrus table runner. You could also include candles and vases of kumquat stems for a more elevated look, like we did in our Holiday Tablescape last time.
We hope you’re inspired to DIY some of your own dried citrus decorations this holiday season! If you do, show us what you make and tag us on social media! We’d love to share your creations!