How to Make “Stained Glass” Dried Citrus Slice Ornaments

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Confession: my family Christmas tree has always been a little eclectic. For years, my parents let my little brother and me pick out an ornament every year, which is how we ended up with a basketball-playing bear and more than one glittery snowman. Our ornaments have never matched, but it’s that homegrown element that I love about our tree. When Ken and I were planning our Christmas tree this year, I wanted to have a touch of the same.

That’s why a lot of our ornaments this year are homemade. I already showed you all how to make cinnamon apple ornaments, and today I’m showing another deliciously-scented DIY ornament you can make: dried citrus slices.

How to Make Dried Citrus Ornaments

These slices smell lovely and they look almost like little stained glass ornaments in the tree. I’ve seen a ton of different instructions for these floating around online, so I thought I’d do some experimenting to see what worked and what didn’t. Here are a few things that I don’t recommend:

  • Don’t put the slices on a lined tray — they’ll get sticky on one side. Use a baking rack instead.
  • Don’t add sugar, cinnamon, or vanilla to your slices — they won’t bake dry and then your boyfriend will try to eat them.
  • Don’t eat them. (Lookin’ at you, Ken.)

How to Make Dried Citrus Ornaments

I was curious about which fruits would work well for this. I can recommend oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, but I wouldn’t do limes because they tend to lose their color and just look brown.

Preheat your oven to be 170° F. Gather your citrus fruits and cut slices of the fruits to be uniform — about 0.5 centimeters each. Remove any seeds from your slices.

Place the slices on a baking rack and put them in the oven.

How to make orange slice ornaments

Bake for 3-4 hours, turning every hour to make sure that they bake evenly. You want the slices to be a little colorful, but also be dry so that they can’t go bad.

(PS: you can see some of the sugared slices I tried in the picture below! Again, I don’t recommend this. You can see why!)

How to make orange slice ornaments

Using a paring knife, cut a small hole in each of your slices and string a generous piece of ribbon through it to make it into an ornament!

How to make orange slice ornaments

That’s it! Making these ornaments is so easy and (with some parental guidance) could also be a great activity with older kids. What do you think of these ornaments? Let me know in the comments below!

How to make orange slice ornaments

Sara Laughed

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