Dried Orange Christmas Tree Ornaments

So today I spent the day making citrus tree ornaments. I absolutely adore the natural and rustic look they have. You can even make them into super cute garlands to hang around your house.

I'm not going to lie, if you don't have a dehydrator and are using an oven like I did, it's going to take a while. 

You can make these beauties by thinly slicing your citrus. I used orange, lemon and grapefruit but I found that the oranges look the most perfect. The lemons dried out a lot faster and the grapefruits seemed to retain a lot more moisture than the other two. Which means they took a lot longer. 

I have a fan forced oven that seems to run quite hot. I read that most people have their oven on 90 degrees celsius but I kept mine at around 75, just to be safe. With the amount of time it takes to make these I really didn't want to burn them.

I cooked mine on my reusable baking mat but you can use an oven rack or tray with baking paper depending on what you already have.


Leave for 2-3 hours. Turn 2-3 times and keep checking on them. Turning them (especially at the beginning) them will prevent them sticking from the rack/tray. 

Hanging them up is easy, simply loop a little bit of string through the orange, pop them on your tree and gaze in wonder at your beautiful natural Christmas decorations.