Did you know that a Christmas tree was traditionally decorated with fruits, nuts, and other edibles? I quite like that idea. I especially love the look and thought of having orange slices hanging from the Christmas tree: either spiked with Cloves or twined with cinnamon sticks: I like how the orange slices look when they’ve been dried, I like the dark, shiny colour they turn from the drying process, and I like the thought of having something natural to look at on my Christmas tree, rather than some garish bauble or tinsel.I’m not someone who will go overboard when crafting either and that goes for most things in my life. I like the simple and minimalistic look – less is more. So, I try to keep things basic when I can, but still beautiful; which is what I did with these spiced orange slices. Although, there are a lot of stunning ideas on the internet that you could take inspiration from too. I especially loved this orange garland: I think this would look and smell fantastic on a natural evergreen.These spiced orange slices are super easy to make too and they will add a little something extra to your Christmas tree this year.
What You Will Need
- 1 Large Orange
- Twine or String
- Star Anise
- PVA Glue
- Clear Spray Enamel
Pre-heat oven to 90c (fan assisted)
Using a sharp knife, slice the Orange into 1 inch slices and spike them with cloves, however you see fit. Spray a lined baking tray with a little low fat spray and place your orange slices one inch apart from each other. Now, place the tray in the oven for 1 hour.
Remove the baking tray from the oven and leave the oranges cool. They may still feel tacky to the touch, but they will dry out when they are hanging from the Christmas tree.
Now it’s time to get creative.
Example 1: Using the super glue, attach a star anise to the centre of the orange. Using the PVA glue, spread a thin layer (of the glue) over the back of the cloves and over the front – this will secure the cloves and prevent them from falling out.
When the orange slices have dried, pierce a hole in the top segment of the orange and thread with some Christmas ribbon or twine and hang on your tree.
If you feel that the orange slices need the spray enamel, then by all means use it. Now, get the kids around a table, put down some newspaper and let them at those freshly dried orange slices you just made. It may keep them quite for a while.
If you have any questions on anything from above, please comment below and I will try to help you as best I can.
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