Homemade Citrus Ornaments

homemade citrus ornaments

 

Here’s a little something from the “too cool” department.  A creative take on homemade ornaments.

These citrus ornaments will make your Christmas tree sparkle.  Aren’t they stunning?   The clementines  were my favorites, developing a deep orange color as they dried out.  They look like stained glass when the lights shine through them.  Absolutely beautiful!

homemade citrus ornaments

 

My plan for the rest of the week is to cozy up by my sparkling tree, drink tea (or vino, depending on the hour of the day), watch Christmas movies, and stay warm!  I hope you do the same.

Follow the simple instructions below to add a bit of sparkle to your tree.  I don’t think I will let another holiday go by without making these gems.  Cheers!

homemade citrus ornaments

 

Ingredients:

  • Citrus (Lemons/Oranges/Clementines), cut into 1/8 inch slices, discard seeds and end pieces
  • Olive Green Rafia, cut into 6 inch strips (I bought mine at Michaels)

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 200 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place your sliced citrus onto parchment paper.  (I used 2 oranges, 2 lemons and 3 clementines.)  Bake in the oven for 3-4 hours, turning every 30 minutes until dried out.  (Note: Some citrus will dry out faster than others depending on the sugar content.  Keep an eye on them and remove when necessary.)

Place on a cooling rack for 24 hours.

drying ornaments

 

Poke a small whole into the top of the ornament, tie on the rafia (or your choice of ribbon) to make a hoop.  Hang on tree.

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