Citrus season is upon us! You know what that means, right? Elsie wants to whip one orange cranberry margarita with the sour fruit, and I come here and butcher oranges and lemons for cottage decoration. Haha!

That’s right, I get au naturel and make food for Christmas decorations. These dried citrus garnishes smell amazing when you make them, and you can eat the leftovers. Sounds like my kind of craft!

a dried citrus ornament hanging on a Christmas tree

Supplies:

someone is cutting lemons and limes on a cutting board

How to make dried citrus garnishes:

Step one: Cut your fruit into 1/4″ slice and carefully remove the seeds. Use a wide knife (this knife set is so cute!) to ensure uniform thickness of individual slices.

slices of oranges, lemons and limes on a paper towel

Step Two: Arrange the fruit slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in a hot oven set to about 150-170°F.

Bake for 3-4 hours, turning every hour, until the fruit is dried (but not completely shriveled). You want the slices to retain their color and not look brown around the edges.

someone takes a baking tray with slices of oranges, lemons and limes out of the oven

Can you air dry the citrus slices?

I also tried an air drying technique for the citrus slices and was surprised at how quickly they dried out.

It took about four days for them to get a nice firmness, although the orange slices curled up instead of flattening out like they did after baking. The lemon and lime slices did not curl.

a dried citrus ornament hanging from a Christmas tree

Step Three: Pierce the dried fruit slices with ornament hangers. That is it! Now you have beautiful ornaments for your tree. These would also make a great gift.

Check out Homemade gift ideas for everyone on your list for more ideas!

several dried citrus ornaments hanging from a small Christmas tree in a vase on a bedside table

I love how the discs are kind of like little pieces of stained glass. The light shines through them and creates a beautiful orange glow.

These citrus garnishes work well with an amber vase of evergreens, hung on a Christmas tree or even strung up into a beautiful garland in front of a window. And I love how they look next to each other my DIY porcelain tree candles.

And if you’re pressed for time, you can too buy your orange slices already dried!

We have a ton of fun holiday decor and recipe inspiration in our Christmas archive, so find something fun (and delicious!) to make this holiday season! –Mandy

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Make your own dried fruit jewelry with lemons, oranges or limes

Prepare 10 mine

Cook 3 hours 30 mine

Total 3 hours 40 mine

Notes

I also tried an air drying technique for the citrus slices and was surprised at how quickly they dried out.
It took about four days for them to get a nice firmness, although the orange slices curled up instead of flattening out like they did after baking. The lemon and lime slices did not curl.

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