Fall, Projects

Dried citrus wreath

October 11, 2015

Your front door invites friends and family in during this most cozy time of year. A beautiful wreath welcomes them with style, suggesting a home filled with the same warmth waiting inside. 

I’ve always loved a dried citrus wreath. And, I’ve always considered the effort of making one myself would be….not worth it. Fortunately for us all, I was wrong. Drying oranges is so surprisingly simple, and wreaths are only one of the gorgeous ways these slices can be used. Yes, I’m promising more citrus-centered projects coming soon. But, let’s start with wreaths.

twine and table citrus wreath rosemary

4-6 oranges – a wreath form – hot glue gun – ribbon – rosemary (optional)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 90-95 degrees Celsius.

sliced oranges citrus wreath

Slice your oranges. Aim for consistently thin slices.

Place your slices in between towels and press firmly to remove as much moisture as possible.

citrus wreath oven slices

Arrange the slices directly on the oven rack.  Bake at 200 degrees for two hours, flipping halfway through.

Remove and let cool.

Separate your least favorite slices from the bunch. Maybe ones that got a little too dark, or did some weird curling, or whose pulp did some  separating. Cut these ones (about 5 slices) in half.

twine and table citrus wreath supplies

twine and table citrus wreath sliced

Glue the halved slices around the inside of your wreath form.

twine and table citrus wreath 2nd layer

Lay down larger slices, evenly spaced on the surface of your wreath to arrange them before gluing.

Glue them down, covering the flat edges of the halved slices.

twineandtable citrus wreath

Choose your favorite slices and use these for the top ring. Glue them down, centering them over your first layer of slices.

Use rosemary as a fresh and fragrant accent, or keep it simple with a single ribbon.

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twine and table fall citrus wreath

Hang this inside or out to welcome guests and the season too.  And, how wonderful would this be as a festive fall hostess gift?

Is your door warm and welcoming yet?

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Nora Dolan October 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    How long does the citrus wreath last? Thanks!

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com October 15, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Hi Nora,
      As long as you’ve dried the oranges completely, your wreath can last indefinitely. Like dried citrus peel in some potpourri mixes, the color will darken over time. Some suggest storing the wreath in a towel within an air tight container until next season. Since they are so easy to make though, I plan on using this year’s slices for gift-wrapping decor when I switch to a more ‘wintery’ wreath. Then I’ll make a new citrus wreath next year!
      Thanks for asking,
      Jeni

  • Reply Jan McCorison October 18, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I wonder if the birds would be interested in them? Might make a tasty treat for those brave birds that hang around during the winter?

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com November 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Jan,
      The birds haven’t showed much interest in the wreath yet. But, it would be so pretty to decorate a feeder with a dried orange slice or two in the winter. Great idea!
      Jeni

  • Reply Judy H. October 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    What a gorgeous wreath! I never even considered making one, but your tutorial is so clear and simple, I think I’m going to do it!

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com October 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thank you so much Judy! I’m glad you found the instructions easy to follow and I hope you make your own!! Let me know how it turns out if you do, or send a pic!
      Jeni

  • Reply Emma November 1, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I love this wreath and tried making this morning, our house smells like Christmas! Although I followed your instructions after 40mins in the oven at 200degree all the slices were completely burnt black?!!!! Help what did I do wrong!!

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com November 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Emma,
      I’m so sorry your oranges burnt!
      I noticed you’re writing from the UK. I bet that’s the issue. Your oven should be set to 90-95 degrees celsius (which converts to 200 degrees fahrenheit). I really hope you’ll give it another try, and I appreciate you sharing your experience. I’ll be sure and make a note in the instructions to adjust the temperature for those using celsius.
      Thanks again,
      Jeni

  • Reply yevette scott March 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I am going to try thisduring the weekend. I am going to spray the fruit with acrylic or polyurethan spray to make it shine & last longer.

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com March 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Hi Yevette,
      I’m so glad you’re going to make your own dried citrus wreath! You can definitely spray the wreath to achieve a glossy finish. The drying process does an amazing job of preserving the oranges while maintaining their scent. I didn’t use any finishing spray and mine still look beautiful 7 months later. If you don’t mind losing some of the orange scent, an acrylic spray is a great idea and could have your wreath lasting years. You could also wait to spray it until after the scent fades to get the best of both options!
      Thanks for sharing!
      Jeni

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