13 DIY Ideas For How to Make Dried Orange Ornaments

Explore 13 creative and easy-to-follow methods for making stunning dried orange ornaments.

Dried oranges are a great way to add color to your holiday decor. Today, I am excited to share 13 creative ways to use dried oranges to make your Christmas tree ornaments.

Not only are these Christmas decorations easy to make, but they are also eco-friendly and add a lot of cheer for minimal cost. The best part is that these ornaments offer a full sensory experience, bringing delightful colors and textures to your home for the holiday season.

Dried orange ornaments on the Christmas Tree

Before you can create these ornaments, you will need to dehydrate your orange slices. I prefer to use Cara Cara oranges and blood oranges for my ornaments.Β I love these two varieties for their vibrant colors.

You can check out my recent blog post:Β 3 Easy Ways to Make Dehydrated Orange Slices. Here, you can learn the easiest ways to dehydrate citrus fruits for making dried orange ornaments. Β Whether you choose the oven, dehydrator, or air fryer methods, this informative post covers each technique in detail to ensure you get the best results during the drying process.

Once you have finished drying your orange slices, lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a wire rack and let them air dry for 4-6 hours before crafting with them. 

Supplies needed to make Dried orange ornaments. dried oranges, pinecones, acorns, anise star

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Supplies Needed

Dried Orange Slice Ornaments and More

Now, let’s dive into the world of dried orange ornaments and unwrap the secrets behind creating beautiful, budget-friendly decorations that will make your home feel like a festive wonderland.

1. Orange Rind Star Wreath

  • Use a small cookie cutter to cut out small stars from the orange rind.
  • Dehydrate the stars.
  • Shape a small wreath out of grapevine wire.
  • Hot glue the stars onto the wreath.
  • Add velvet ribbon.
  • Add small pinecones or an anise star for decoration.
Creating a wreath ornament using small orange rind stars that have been dehydrated.
Orange stars cut for an orange rind create a Christmas tree wreath ornament.

2. Stacked Orange Slices and Wood Beads

  • Start with a 2″ wood round and drill a small hole in the center
  • Using a thin twine or covered wire, fold it in half. Insert the folded end of the wire through the hole and tie the twine off underneath the wood round.
wood slice and twine to start to make a wood slice stack ornament with wood beads
wood slice and twine to start to make a wood slice stack ornament with wood beads
  • Add a small amount of hot glue onto the wood round.
  • Place a piece of orange on top of the round and hold until the glue dries.
  • Add a small amount of hot glue in the center of the wood disk and add a small wood bead.
  • Continue this process until you have added 5-6 slices of oranges.
Add a slice of dried orange onto the wood disk to start your orange stack ornament.
Sliced orange glued on top of the wood round with a wood bead glued on top.
Stacking dried oranges and wood beads to create a Christmas ornament.
Stacked orange slice ornament

3. Layered orange Slices With A Flowing Bow

  • Gather a few slices in varying shades of color and size and hot glue them together.
  • Add a simple bow of velvet ribbon that gracefully drapes down over the orange slices.
Dried orange slice ornament with a flowing velvet ribbon

4. Wood Slice with Orange and GreeneryΒ 

  • Start with a wood slice that has a hole in it to add a ribbon.
  • Hot glue the slice of dried orange onto the wood slice.
  • Decorate it with a cinnamon stick, a few dried pinecones and a sprig of faux Christmas greenery.
  • Add a velvet ribbon to hang the ornament.
A dried orange slice ornament made on a wood slice

5. How to make dried orange ornaments with Whole Dried Oranges

  • You can learn how to dehydrate whole oranges and hang them in your tree. They add a lot of color to your tree and smell so good.
  • Add a small eyescrew to the top of the fruit. You can drill a small hole and then screw the eyelet into the hole. If the skin is not very thick, you may need to add a small amount of glue to the screw.
  • You can leave them plain or decorate them with acorns, greenery, and pinecones.
  • Hang with a thin velvet ribbon to display on the Christmas tree.
Dried green oranges are being used for Christmas Ornaments.
Whole dried oranges hanging on a small Christmas tree for decoration.
Whole dried oranges decorated and hanging in the Christmas Tree

6. Anise Star And Orange Slice Wreath Ornament

  • Start by making a wreath shape out of the grapevine wire.
  • Hot glue a few slices onto one side of the wreath.
  • Add 5-6 star anise.
  • Hang in your Christmas tree and enjoy.
Grapevine wire wreath frame to make an ornament.
Star Anise and orange slices create an ornament to hang on the Christmas tree.

7. Blood Orange, Cinnamon, and Moss Wood Slice

  • Gather a variety of orange slices. I used a blood orange slice and a slice of Cara Cara orange.
  • Hot glue them onto a wood slice.
  • Fold a piece of twine in half and place the loop end through the hole in the wood slice.
  • Lay a cinnamon stick on top of the two strands of twine, put the two ends of the twine through the loop, and tighten.
  • Add dried greenery, fresh pinecones or acorns, and a bit of Spanish moss.

8. Dried Oranges In A Teacup

  • Add a bed of Spanish moss to a teacup.
  • Hot glue a few pieces of dehydrated fruit on top of the moss.
  • Hang the tea cup on the Christmas tree.
Dried oranges arranged in a tea cup with moss hanging on the Christmas Tree.

9. Orange End Wreath

  • When dehydrating your oranges, dry all parts and do not waste any of the oranges. I used the very ends or the buts of the orange slices for this wreath.
  • Make a wreath shape from the grapevine wire as in #6 above.
  • Hot glue the orange slices onto the wreath.
  • To decorate the wreath, I glued a few small pinecones into the caps of acorns.
Make a wreath with dried orange slices from the ends of the orange.
Make a wreath with dried orange slices from the ends of the orange and hanging it in the Christmas tree.

10. Bowl Of Fruit Tree Ornament

Have you ever hung dishes on your Christmas tree? it is so easy and fun to do.

I use these plate hangers with a hook on the back of my plate or bowls and then wire it onto the tree, it’s that easy!

  • Hot glue a bit of moss and dehydrated fruit into your bowl.
  • Hang the bowl on the tree.
  • After the holiday, the fruit will come out easily and the hot glue will peel right off the bowl.
Dried oranges arranged in a Bowl with moss hanging on the Christmas TreeDried oranges arranged in a tea cup with moss hanging on the Christmas Tree.

11. Dehydrated Orange Rind Wreath

This is one of my favorites. I took the rind of the orange slices that did not come out of the Mandolin whole, peeled the orange away from the rind, and dried them in the air fryer.

  • Make a wreath shape out of the grapevine wire (same as #6).
  • Hot glue pieces of the rind around the wreath on both sides.
  • Add a few pinecones and an Anise star.
  • Add a graceful velvet bow.
  • Hang on the Christmas tree.
Wreath ornament made with dried orange rinds.

12. Saucer Dried Orange Ornament

This was super easy, I took an ornament I had made on a wood slice and hung it in front of a saucer to make it look like a frame.

  • I made the same ornament as #4 and then hung a plate behind it. (see how to hang china on the Christmas tree in #10).
Orange slice ornament on a wood slice hanging in front of a china saucer plate on the Christmas tree.
  • Using a small Christmas tree cookie cutter, cut out small trees from the orange rind.
  • Place a hole at the top of the tree with a wooden skewer.
  • Dry the orange rinds. (try one of my three methods to dehydrate oranges)
  • Weave a piece of twine into the hole of the tree and hang the ornament on your tree.
A small Christmas tree cut out of an orange ring and turned into a Christmas tree ornament.

Tips For Dehydrating And Crafting Dried Orange Ornaments

  • Slice Evenly: Use a mandolin to ensure even slices are approximately 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Thinner slices tend to dry faster.
  • Remove Excess Moisture: Pat the orange slices gently with a paper towel to remove excess moisture before drying them. 
  • Oven Drying: Preheat your oven to its lowest setting. Place the orange slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 2-3 hours, flipping them occasionally. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Dehydrator: Lay the slices evenly on the dehydrator trays. Be sure to spread them out in a single layer, so they do not overlap. Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 4-6 hours. 
  • Air Fryer: Air Frying your oranges is an easy way to dehydrate them. Most air fryers even have a special setting for dehydrating. Set the temperature to 135 degrees fo 6-8 hours.
  • Decorative Additions: Once the slices are dried, you can leave them as they are for a simple, natural look, or enhance them further. Consider adding a touch of glitter, painting the edges, or embellishing with cloves, cinnamon sticks, or other decorative elements.
  • Seal for Preservation: To preserve the dried oranges for future use, consider spraying them with a clear sealer or applying a thin coat of clear varnish. This helps retain their color and prevents decay.
  • Stringing or Hanging: Use twine, ribbons, or thin wire to string the dried orange slices individually or in combinations to create beautiful garlands or ornaments. You can also attach them to wreaths or use them as festive gift toppers.
  • Storage: Store your dried orange ornaments in a cool, dry place when not in use to maintain their quality for future seasons.

Other Ideas to Use Dehydrated Oranges

There are several other ways you can use dehydrated oranges to decorate for the holidays. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Stack dried oranges in a jar to display in the kitchen.
  • Make a garland to hang on the fireplace mantel.
  • Use orange slices with place cards at the dinner table.
  • Serve orange slices with tea and dessert.
Making a dehydrated orange slice garland.
Dehydrated oranges served with dessert and a cup of tea.
DIY place card holders- a simple slice of dried orange glued to a tag with some fresh greens
A jar filled with orange slices for decoration in the kitchen during the holidays.
Yield: 1 Ornament

How to Make Dried Orange Stacked Ornaments

How to Make Dried Orange Stacked Ornaments

Learn how to make 13 plus dried orange slice ornaments

Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15.00-$20.00

Materials

  • 8 dehydrated orange slices, varying sizes
  • Twine
  • 2" wood rounds
  • 4 1/2" wood beads

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Start with a 2" wood round and drill a small hole in the center.
  • Using a thin twine or covered wire, fold it in half. Insert the folded end of the wire through the hole and tie the twine off underneath the wood round. 
  • Add a small amount of hot glue onto the wood round.
  • Place a piece of orange on top of the round and hold until the glue dries. 
  • Add a small amount of hot glue in the center of the wood disk and add a small wood bead.
  • Continue this process until you have added 5-6 slices of oranges with a bead in between every one to two slices.

Drying oranges is one of my favorite things to do each year, I hope you give it a try. As you can see, there are endless ways to use the oranges to decorate your home for the holidays.

Happy Decorating,

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6 Comments

  1. For heaven’s sake…I live in Florida! Why have I never done anything with oranges? You have inspired me, I have saved this post and I am going to be going all citrusy at Christmas next year!!

    1. Thank you, Chloe! yes, I think you need to do that next year. I have more ideas coming for you.
      Wishing you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  2. You and your creative mind blow me away! I love each and every idea. I think I pinned everything! Hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to wear your fat pants! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you, Cindy, you are too kind! Oh, I have been wearing my fat pants for weeks! I may never get out of them.
      Wishing you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  3. Wow, Wendy!! These are incredible!! Such a lovely yet frugal and eco-friendly way to create ornaments for the Christmas tree. The wood round ones are my favorite πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. I love to make ornaments to hang on my tree, and the dried oranges are so pretty with the lights shining through them. Wishing you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving.

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