Easy DIY natural orange decoration
The sweet smell of dried oranges and star anise is just so warming and reminiscent of Autumn days – and with the optional addition of a cinnamon stick these easy decorations are perfect for Autumn into Winter.
In my quest to increase my stash of hand made decorations this year, I decided to try my hand at dried fruit decorations.
Whilst I did slice and dry some oranges last year, it took quite a long time and I needed a lot more this year – so I purchased a big bag of them from a floristry supplier for ease and speed. By all means please do make your own if you have the time – you will be rewarded with the most beautiful smelling home.
These hanging decorations take just a few minutes making them the perfect craft for me!
You will need:
- Dried orange slices
- Star Anise
- Hot glue
- Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Ready to make your own?
Start with one good looking orange slice as this will be the middle and each other slice will sit behind it.
Now arrange each other slice behind the first one and glue them one by one. The orange slices might not be completely dry so apply as much glue as you need – holding for a few seconds to fix.
Do one at a time and play around with the layout to suit you – just remember to leave room for your final one to sit nicely at the top. I have used 6 or 7 in each decoration but 5 would also work well.
Once you have glued the final slice and you are happy with the layout, cut a piece of ribbon and using scissors or a skewer make a small hole at the very top of the orange slice and push the ribbon through. Tie the ribbon to how you prefer it to look. I like to have the knot at the base as it allows me to tie a bow at the top; it also disguises the hole that has just been made.
If you have any cinnamon sticks you can loosen the knot and push one through and pull it tight again. This will hold it in place.
Once you are happy with how the decoration is hanging, use a dab of hot glue to fix one Star Anise to the middle slice. Press it firmly for a few seconds until it has stuck nicely and that’s it – a lovely orange decoration, good enough to give as a present.
I love the addition of the Star Anise – they are so pretty and smell amazing!
To make things really easy, or to make smaller ones to scatter on the tree you could just push a ribbon through and they are ready to hang.
I have also bought a bag of dried apple slices and I will be making something with those as soon as I can decide what to make. If you have any ideas please let me know.
Have you made any decorations using dried oranges? Will you give these a go? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy Crafting x