DIY Dried Fruit Christmas Decoration

I am not the biggest Christmas decorator and a lot of it has to do with how wasteful the Christmas decoration is. I also just don't like that I have to store it in a box for the rest of the year, no thank you to that. But I will say that some decoration can be nice and I love decorating the tree (if I have one) minimally with sustainable items - or that whatever I put on it is at least thrifted. These dried citrus fruits are just that, sustainable. No plastic, no paper, no materials considered wasteful and they are so easy to make so let's get into it:

You can use these in three ways:
One: as an ornament for the Christmas tree (if you have one of those)
Two: as a garland to decorate your home or as I did hung individually
Three: as decoration on presents (post coming soon)

You can use:
  • Oranges
  • Mandarins
  • Lemons
  • Limes

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 70 (90 if you have a slow oven) degrees Celsius on hot air. Cut the citrus fruits into 2-4 mm slices and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Place the baking sheet in the oven and dry them for 30 minutes with the oven door ajar. Then turn the slices upside down and dry them for another 30 minutes also with the oven door ajar. Repeat until the slices are dried completely. In my oven it took about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Hang the dried citrus slices with (biodegradable) twine using the hole in the middle or poke the dried slice with one side of a pair of scissors making a hole for the twine. Tie the ends of the twine togther and hang them up using hooks.