Tis' the season for all the beautiful decor and fun DIY projects! So, naturally I had to share my recent project with you all. Let me start by saying I've always wanted to be that wife who had it all together, the mom who does all the fun projects and.... well, I basically just wanted to be a walking Pinterest board. Obviously thats not very realistic but this holiday season I'm making it my mission to have my 'ish together; one hot mess at a time haha. First thing on my list was to make dried orange slices which I plan on using for multiple things. First use; We're hosting Thanksgiving this year and I thought these would be super cute for table/ plate decor. Second use; I plan on making a cute garland with some twine to hang on our coffee bar for the holidays. Third and final use; I want to use the dried orange slices for spicing up my Christmas wrapping paper. I plan to hanging them with some twine and a twig of greenery on the wrapping paper like an ornament for a pop of color! I've seen it done so many times and it looks so simple, yet stunning! Now, let's get down to how they're made. The steps are extremely easy but make sure you have time to sit around because they'll be in the oven for a few hours!
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
There is no set number of oranges you need to create this project. It just depends on how many orange slices you want to use. I sliced up 3 oranges which made plenty for all three projects I'm using them for! Before we do anything lets preheat the oven to 200 degrees so we can just pop them in the oven when we're done.
Slice the oranges about 1/4 inch thick, this will help them dry out faster. I found it easy to just hold the orange with one hand and begin slicing from the end of the orange. You don't have to make the slices perfect, in fact the imperfections is where all the beauty lies.
Now that you have all your oranges sliced up, stack up a couple paper towels and lay them on the counter/ cutting board. Place your oranges on top of the paper towels. This will help get the extra juices out of the oranges making the dehydrating process faster.
Get a second stack of paper towels and lightly blotch the top portion of the oranges to get the remaining juices out. Don't press to hard or it might damage the slices!
Place your blotched orange slices on a baking rack. It's really important that you place them on a rack versus a sheet. You want two open ends for heat to travel through the orange to properly dehydrate it. If you don't have a rack, feel free to just add them directly on your oven rack. Place them in your 200 degree oven for 2-3 hours. Check on them periodically and if you feel the need to flip them over, do so. I flipped them over once halfway through the drying process.
You'll know they're done when they are hard/ crispy and a darker orange color. Let them fully cool on the rack before using them.
Wallah! You now have perfectly dried oranges that can be used for so many different things, especially for the holidays! I have a big thing of twine that I plan on using by stringing it into the holes in the orange.