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.
4-6 oranges – a wreath form – hot glue gun – ribbon – rosemary (optional)
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 90-95 degrees Celsius.
Slice your oranges. Aim for consistently thin slices.
Place your slices in between towels and press firmly to remove as much moisture as possible.
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.
Glue the halved slices around the inside of your wreath form.
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.
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.
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?