Small and sweet, clementines are a cross between an orange and a Chinese mandarin. Clementine oranges are delicious to eat, but you can also use them as a craft project inspiration. Before using the citrus fruit as crafts, you'll need to dry them. You can dry the oranges even if you don't own a food dehydrator. After the clementine slices are dried, you can use them to create old-fashioned Christmas tree garlands, ornaments and pot pourri.
Place unpeeled clementine oranges on a cutting board; the amount you use will depend on the craft you're making. Cut each orange into 6 mm (1/4-inch) slices using a sharp paring knife. Discard the oranges' ends.
Transfer the slices to a baking tray or a wire rack and arrange them in a single layer.
Bake the orange slices in an oven set at 66 degrees Celsius (150 Fahrenheit) for six hours, or until they are dry and pliable. Turn the slices over once, halfway through the baking process.
Take the orange slices out of the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature. Spray each side of every slice with clear acrylic spray.
Use the dried clementine orange slices in any type of craft project you desire. Glue them onto a grapevine wreath base to create rustic wall decor, or string them onto clear fishing line, along with cranberries or dried apples, as a festive tree garland.
Things you need
- Cutting board
- Sharp paring knife
- Baking tray or wire rack
- Clear acrylic spray