There’s a good chance that every year our Christmas decor will go more and more natural. As much as I am a fan of all the sparkle and twinkle the store bought things bring with them each Christmas season, I’m really discovering a love of using natural decor in nature to make this first Christmas at Sugar Maple Farmhouse special.
From using real evergreens garland, to dried out boxwood wreaths and even dried hydrangeas in our porch decor, natural can just be so beautiful all on its own.
Dried orange slices
One small bit of natural decor I’m loving this season is dried orange slices. We’ve never used them before, but I can safely say they will be a staple in our Christmas decor for the rest of my days.
Not only are they simple and festive but I love that after we are done using them, they can go back to the Earth – even if I can’t feed them to my chickens.
Dried orange slices provide a vintage, timeless look too that I honestly just adore. It’s simple, non-fussy decor that people would have used once upon a time in the days before Amazon and big box stores. And there’s something really special about that.
Home or abroad
They remind me of the farmhouse decor you might find in Europe or the Italian countryside – or maybe they would use lemons since they grow those like weeds in Italy?
And while oranges may not be oh so common here in Michigan – in December of all months – I do feel happy for those modern conveniences that allow us to ship them in from Florida and California. I’m sure they’re equally as happy about that in the summer when we ship blueberries and apples all over the country.
Simple Christmas statements
I’ve used dried orange slices in multiple places this year including on wreaths, on my staircase attached to garland and on one of my holiday tables. It looks gorgeous in all the places I’ve added it and is really a simple statement about using what we have to make life more festive.
In the spirit of Christmas, I wanted to share my recipe for creating these simple holiday touches in case you want to use them during the next holiday season. In all honesty, these could be kept up long after Christmas is over too since they aren’t the bright red and green of a traditional Christmas. Here in the middle of the frigid Michigan winters, a bit of California and Florida is a nice reminder that warmer weather is just around the bend.
- You will need some time to make these. This is really about dehydrating the orange slices and NOT cooking them.
- You will need your oven for several hours to make this happen.
- If you have a dehydrator, you can use that.
Things you need to make dried orange slices:
- 4-5 oranges. I used multiple sizes and types of oranges during this project, including the large Navel oranges. You can really use whatever size you like but just keep in mind you might need fewer if you use the large ones and more if you use Cuties or something small.
- A cookie sheet
- A cooling rack that will fit on your cookie sheet. I use this one.
- Parchment paper (Not totally needed but I like using this always to avoid unnecessary messes)
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees
- Arrange your parchment paper on a cookie sheet
- Place your cooling rack on top of the cookie sheet. I have this one that I’ve been using.
- Slice your oranges about ¼-inch wide and lay them on the rack.
- Bake at 200 degree for 3 hours. Flip the oranges over each hour.
- Remove from oven and let sit overnight to further dry out.
- Use fishing wire or other cord to attach the oranges to garland, wreaths and more.
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