Drying Oranges for Home Decor: Wreaths, Garlands, and More

Nov 03, 2020

Don’t you just love the look of dried orange slices? Citrus has long been a favorite addition for holiday home decor, and for good reason. Dried orange wheels can be used in wreaths and garlands, for edible garnishes and toppings, and so much more. Even better, you can roast them yourself! You’ll fill your home with the clean smell of citrus, plus have a tray full of those beauties to use. 

Here’s the best part: it’s super easy to make your own dried oranges, lemons, and limes. Thinly slice up some citrus. Top a baking sheet with a wire rack or foil misted with cooking spray, then add the slices in a single layer. Bake at 200°F until dry, typically 2-3 hours. Depending on your oven and humidity, it might take longer or shorter, so keep an eye on them until you figure out what works. 

Now that you know how to roast your own beautiful oranges, here are some ideas for how to use them for your home decor and more. 

Wreaths 

We’ve got wreaths on our minds, which isn’t shocking considering the season. Our Winter 2020 Box is an all-inclusive, dried floral wreath that will be perfect for the cold, wintry days of January. But we couldn’t wait until then to dive into festive wreath fun.  

For the holiday season, our founder Rachel Heath teamed up with Lora Bloom to show people how to put together these amazing holiday wreath kits. Rachel shows you how to use roasted oranges to add a fun touch. They are downright adorable. 

Garlands 

Source and tutorial: Woman in Real Life

One of the best things about dried citrus is that they are semi-transparent. When hung in a window or with Christmas light, they can absolutely glow with color. Garlands make it super easy to display dried oranges in this way, just like the picture above. 

Clear Vase 

Source: The Nimble Bar Co.

Orange slices look beautiful tossed into a clear vase or jar. You can even add some white Christmas lights in for some sparkly fun.

Table Setting 

Source: Design Indulgence 

With holiday dinners like Thanksgiving around the corner, adding dried citrus to your guests’ table setting can be a delightful little touch. We’ve written about other ways to add small touches to individual place settings in order to maintain social distance. You can read that post about intimate tablescapes during Covid-19 here.

Potpourri

Source: Brit + Co

Add your delicious smelling orange slices to a satchel or jar of potpourri. Mix with star anise, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cardamom pods, whole nutmeg, and anything else your nose desires.

Bonus: Recipes  

Because dried oranges are edible, they can be used for all kinds of beautiful garnish. Imagine them topping a gorgeous citrus pie or ground up and mixed with sugar to create a tangy citrus sugar. I love how they look on the rim of glass. Perfect for holiday cocktails. 

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