How to dry orange slices for eco-friendly festive decorations

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Homemade dried orange slices are a fantastic eco-friendly way to add some festive cheer to your home. They’re really easy and inexpensive to make, will last for years, and best of all, they make your home smell amazing as the dry! Use them to add a pop of colour to your Christmas wreath or tree, string them together for a festive garland, or scatter them across your dining table along with some gathered pinecones for the perfect natural centrepiece!

Lucy makes these every year for our Christmas Willow Wreath Weaving workshops and now you can try them too! Read below for a simple how-to, and if you try this yourself, please share the results, we’d LOVE to see what you make!

Step 1: Heat your oven to 100°C

Step 2: Cut large oranges into slices (about ½ cm thick)

Step 3: Use a paper towel, tea towel or muslin to blot the orange slices and remove the excess juices (this makes them dry faster)

Step 4: Spread the slices evenly on a baking tray lined with baking paper (don’t overlap them)

Step 5: Dry in the oven until they are fully dry* (up to 4 hours), turning the slices every hour. Once done, take them out and allow to cool and dry further on a cooling rack

*You’ll know when they’re done when the orange slices look dry, and thickest parts are no longer soft to the touch. They might feel a tiny bit sticky still, but they will continue to dry and harden once they’re removed from the heat.

Happy crafting!

~ Sophie