A very quick craft for you – how to dry orange slices for Christmas. I love the “rustic” look of dried oranges – they are so simple and yet so cheerful and Christmassy (many more Christmas Ornament DIYs for you here). I have only really had time to dry our slices and to hang them by a ribbon (I do actually think this looks quite lovely that way), but I have also selected some orange slice crafts below for you to be inspired by!
But first to the quick “how to make dried orange slices” – it is really straight forward:x
Materials: Oranges (haha), an oven (really?) and a knife (of course)! An oven rack (the big secret!)
1) Slice your oranges approx 1cm wide
2) Place on a rack (if you put them on a tray they will *really* stick) in the oven at approx 120C (250F)
3) Leave for 2-3 hours. Turn 2-3 times and keep checking on them. I had to make two batches as I burnt the first lot (the oven was too hot). Turning (especially at the beginning) them will prevent them sticking from the rack.
Once cooled, add a ribbon and hang! Add fairy lights as a “back light”:
I found my were still slightly moist, but ready for crafting with and that over time they dry out completely.
And here for another set of crafts (links below)!
Oooh and a lovely tree from a reader on twitter (www.twitter.com/@SineadGray)
1. A GORGEOUS garland by Design Megillah
2. A traditional advent kranz (version 1) select tab 21 by Wunderweib
3. Traditional advent kranz (version 2) by Bastelspass
4. Gypsy Daisy makes another easy and fun garland. Combine it with berries
5. A wreath by Bastelideen.info
6. Simple table decoration by Bastel Elfe – collect and scatter!
7. Anis Decoration from Canadian Country Woman
8. Cinnamon & Orange Decoration by Bastelideen.info
9. Gift embellishment by Lea
So… aren’t all these orange slices simply divine? Fancy giving it a go? Why not make it part of your advent activities with your kids?