Amazing Dried Fruit Christmas Ornaments

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Dried citrus fruit ornaments (image source)

Making our own christmas ornaments with my kids is one of my favorite activities this time of year. One cheap but awesome and beautiful idea is to make some Dried Fruit Christmas Ornaments using citrus fruit peels! Sooooo nice!

You can use any citrus fruit you like; oranges, mandarins, limes, grapefruits or lemons. Then, you have two choices. Either cut the fruit carefully into thin slices or peel carefully the skin off the fruit.

If you choose to slice the fruits, arrange the slices on a lined baking tray and put the tray in a preheated oven at about 90-100°C. They should not touch each other. Bake them for about 2-3 hours, depending on how thick the slices are, while turning them on the other side every 30 minutes or so. You should check every slice separately and when one dries out, get it out of the oven and let the others dry some more. Let them cool down completely and then pierce a hole in them. Now you can use anything you like, some yarn, cord or a nice ribbon, depending on the use you are planning for them. Even paper clips or ornament hooks could do the trick.

If you choose to use the peel, take some nice cookie cutters, like for example a star-, moon-, tree- or heart cookie cutter and cut the shapes out. Now, do the same as above. Isn’t it easy? Here is another awesome use for citrus peels: making citrus peel roses!

You can use also some spices or essential oils for more aroma, and even decoration!

For more ideas and information, read our related articles.


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Dried citrus fruit ornament with cinnamon decoration (image source)
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Dried citrus fruit ornaments on hooks (image source)

10 thoughts on “Amazing Dried Fruit Christmas Ornaments

  1. feedingthesonis October 29, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    Hiii Stella your blog lights up or rather illuminates my screen 😉 on a serious note..I find it very inspiring and informative therefore I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Congrats!! Well deserved. You totally rock!! Please go to the following link to collect your award


    • Stella October 29, 2013 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! They will help me keep going! I can’t believe how many nice people I have met in the short time I am in the blog-sphere! I will wear my award with pride and humility 😉


  2. Jannis October 29, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    I really love your blog. This post really inspired me for Christmas tree decoration. As well you can add these dry slices on a bowl with a few drops of a citrus essential oil and enjoy the atmosphere.


  3. Stella October 30, 2013 / 12:08 am



    • Stella October 30, 2013 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you for following! I am glad you like my posts!


      • anabbloggin October 30, 2013 / 12:52 pm

        I do 🙂 Very inspiring, keep it up!


      • Stella October 30, 2013 / 1:03 pm

        Even more glad, since it comes from a fellow GoT fan!


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