I don’t know what my deal is with wreaths. The funny part is, I’m not a huge decorator. But for some reason I love making wreaths, so I make them quite often. My most recent inspiration was to make a wreath using dried oranges as a Christmasy wreath. So here’s the Dried Orange Wreath, along with directions for how to dry oranges to use in crafts.
So since you’ll need dried oranges to make the wreath, let’s start with how to dry oranges.
For this wreath, I used 5 oranges. Cut in 1/2″ slices. You’ll want them to be uniformly sliced. If they are thinner, they will dry faster, but they will also be more likely to break. Even at 1/2″ though, these dried pretty quickly.
If you have a dehydrator, then drying the orange slices is easy! Just place on the trays, turn it on, and dry for 2-3 hours, checking about every 30 minutes, and rotating the tray positions. Don’t dry them for too long, or they’ll turn brown (speaking from experience. However, if this happens to a couple, just use them first on the wreath and cover up the brown spots).
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can easily still dry orange slices! Simply place the sliced oranges directly onto the baking rack in the oven. Don’t use a pan- they will stick to it. So placed directly on the baking rack. Then turn the oven on to 250º, and bake for about 2 hours, checking them every 30 minutes or so. Remove them from the oven (use oven mitts), and place on a plate or cooling rack.
Once the oranges are dried and cooled, you’re ready to make a dried orange wreath!
For the wreath you’ll need:
- A cereal box
- Dried oranges
- Hot glue gun
- Garnishes if desired: berries, cinnamon sticks, greenery, etc
Cut a donut shape out of the cereal box, however large you want your wreath to be.
Hot glue oranges around the ring, leaving a little space between them. Go back and hot glue more on top and between them, until you achieve the look you desire.
Garnish with berries, cinnamon sticks, greenery, or a bow.
Do you make wreaths for every holiday? Or are there certain holidays you really like to decorate for?
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