How to make your own Christmas ornaments with oranges

sliced oranges on a baking sheet in front of the christmas tree

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Making your own Christmas ornaments with oranges it extremely easy and so fun to do with the kids! All you need is some twine, oranges and some patience! So let’s get started.

Christmas tree with handmade ornaments

Before you start

Before you start working on the ornaments, make sure you have enough time planned for drying the oranges. It actually takes a long time, so make sure you pick a day where you have enough time.

Other than that, you don’t need much to prepare this craft, which makes it the perfect craft to do on a winter day!

Preparing the oranges

sliced oranges on a baking sheet in front of the christmas tree

It’s important to keep in mind that the oranges need some preparing. You have to make sure they are dried completely in the oven and that actually takes a while.

So, let’s get started!

– Start by preheating your oven on 200F/90C
– Slice your oranges in similar slices. Make sure you don’t have very thick and some thin ones, because these need different times to bake.
– Place your orange slices on a baking tray with parchment paper.
– Now the waiting game starts. It takes 2-4 hours for the oranges to dry, depending on home thick your slices are. Mine took 3 hours. Keep an eye on them. You don’t want burnt oranges in your tree ; )
– Once the oranges are done, let them cool down before you start using them. This takes a few minutes.
– And then the fun part begins! Let’s make ornaments.

Making the ornaments

two kids sitting at the dining table making ornaments with oranges

Now the fun part begins; time to make the ornaments! You can use whatever you like to make them fit your style. Think about things like:

  • Cranberries
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Wooden beads
  • twigs
  • Twine or ribbon

We decided to go with what we had lying around the house, which ended up being different types of beads.

All you need to do, is punch a hole in the oranges. I prefer using the middle, because it works better. Then add some twine through that hole. Fill it up with beads and tie a know on top. Make sure not to tie the know too close to the beads/oranges, because it still needs to be able to hang in the tree!

On the picture below, you can see how I pulled the twine through the middle and added the beads.

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