Dried Citrus Ornaments: Natural Holiday Beauty

So many people loved the dried orange slice garland project, so I thought I’d make some whole dried citrus ornaments to decorate the house this Christmas. This took a little trial and error, but in the end they turned out really nice. I tried lemons, limes, oranges and clementines. The orange and clementines worked out the best, so I made several clementines to dress up an old berry garland in the kitchen.

Dried Citrus Ornaments
Learn how to make dried citrus ornaments to embellish your wreaths and to hang on your Christmas tree. Easy to make and their natural beauty really shines.

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For this project you will need a garnish tool to carve sections of peel from the fruit. You can easily pick one up at any major grocery or retailer for less than $10.

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Simply peel away the rind, starting at the top, and move to the bottom. You can also make a spiral shape.

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When you are done you need to let them air dry for about two weeks, depending on the humidity in your home. The first time I made them, I placed some in a wicker basket, (above) and they got all moldy. Yuck.

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However, these hanging in a wire basket worked great.

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I also tried sticking them in the oven. See the group on the right. Not a good look.

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Finally I just used a wire rack and made sure they were in a nice dry area of the house.

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To hang or attach the dried clementines, take an ordinary wire hanger, leave one end hooked, and straighten out the other end.

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Pierce the clementine with the straight end, and let the hooked end slide into the bottom and act as an anchor.

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Now you can attach the fruit to your tree, or any other spots such as wreaths or garlands.

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Here’s an orange I dried too. I used an eye screw and  some ribbon for this larger ornament.

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For the clementines I took an old artificial berry garland, and wrapped it around the light in my kitchen.

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The clementines can easily attached to the garland with their wire hangers.

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A few sprigs of rhododendron leaves adds a little extra fresh look.

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It turned out great, and I think this idea would work well for all kinds of special occasions.  

For now it will be part of our Christmas decor.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. I love this look, Patti. Growing up so near Florida, citrus was always a part of our Christmas and winter traditions, so this really brings back holiday memories for me. This is so gorgeous and creative. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks Karen. It was a fun project to experiment and I am loving how great the clementines are looking in my holiday decor. It did take a good 2 weeks for me to be able to use them so I wanted to get this post out asap in case anyone wanted to try it for themselves.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  2. I love this and citrus is a favorite here especially this time of year. For me decorating for Christmas is all about the natural elements. I love your creativity, gorgeous!

    • Hi Carole,

      I bet you have a lot of citrus in the south and I agree with you that natural is a preferred element in my decor. Although I will say that the artificial products seems to be getting better and better everyday.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  3. I love this project! What a beauty this is, my California daughter needs to be doing this.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jemma

  4. Patti, that looks so pretty,añd I bet it smells great to.

  5. I love this idea! I have done cloved oranges before, but this takes it over the top.

    • Hi Penny,

      Cloved oranges are so pretty too. I’ve been thinking about them for a centerpiece but now I’ll probably just add in some of these guys.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  6. I’m saving this post until I move into a larger apartment! Currently in a studio!
    This project is doable and will come in handy for future decorating adventures!
    How long can these citrus fruits be saved? I’m thinking just one season.
    Many thanks

    • Hi Dina,

      I’m not sure how long they will last certainly through the Christmas season. However, I still have my dried orange slices from last year and they look a little darker but otherwise are doing well.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  7. Great job on the instructions and photos. One of the better ideas I have seen with drying oranges.
    Thanks so much!
    Heidi

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