I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but with the house being renovated and work and kids and family life, there never seems to be enough time to tackle them all.
This year and the previous years for Christmas, I dried apples, tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges and stringed them up to make a garland of this fantastic looking and very pleasant smelling decoration. A little time-consuming as you will need to spend a good 3-4 hours at home and turning the fruits over in the oven every hour, but they are worth it…
The method to dry these fruits is simple. Cut them up into round slices no thicker then 1/8 inches and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Warm the oven to 180-200 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure to flip the fruits about every hour. If the fruits are turning brown, (they shouldn’t be too brown) remove them from the oven and let them sit and air dry. The apples might dry out quicker than the citrus fruits. I have left some tangerines whole while making small incisions on their sides.
Once, the fruits were all dry I took a sewing pin and one by one stringed them up. I also used cinnamon sticks, bay leaves as well as rosehip on the garland.
I bought some twig stars that I spray painted white, let them dry and using a glue gun glued some dried oranges, cinnamon sticks and anise to decorate the stars. I think these would make nice presents.
You don’t need to make a garland, you can put them in a bowl along with some cinnamon sticks, anise, evergreens to make a nice decoration in your kitchen, by your entrance, on your dinner table or coffee table – you can use your imagination. You can make a wreath and glue gun the fruits onto the wreath to make a cool and great smelling entrance door decoration.
I hope you enjoyed this post:)
Happy Holidays Everyone!!!