How to make dried oranges

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How to make dried oranges
Use orange slices to add a burst of colour to your seasonal decorations. (orange slices image by AGphotographer from

Make a homemade Christmas by incorporating simple dried oranges into your festive decor. The oranges are sliced then dried to make colourful and sweet-smelling additions to your home. The slices can be added to crafts, wreaths and garlands. Once preserved, the orange slices can be used for a few years. Drying oranges is a simple way to make decorations for your home that don't cost a bundle.

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Things you need

  • Sharp knife
  • Ripe oranges
  • Wire rack
  • Baking tray
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Set your oven temperature to 65.6 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Fahrenheit). Cut oranges with a sharp knife into 6 mm (1/4 inch) slices.

  2. 2

    Place the orange slices onto a wire rack that has been set on top of a baking tray. Space out the orange slices so the edges do not touch.

  3. 3

    Put the baking tray into the oven. Leave the slices in the oven for about six hours so they are dry yet pliable. Flip the slices over when the edges start to curl.

  4. 4

    Remove the slices from the oven after six hours and place the slices on a paper towel to cool.

  5. 5

    Preserve the slices by applying two coats of a clear acrylic spray to each side of the slices. Let the slices dry before using.

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