Thrifty Holidays: Dehydrating Orange Slices for Decor & Gifts

 Dehydrating orange and lemon slices during the summer while they are abundant and at their least expensive prices, will give you the fall season to use those dehydrated slices in making some homespun, sweet smelling decor for the holidays as well as a gift idea!
Sliced Lemons & Oranges for Dehydrating
My local scratch and dent grocery store had bags or oranges for $1.00 and Lemons 10 for a $1.00. Although the oranges didn't look to pretty on the outside, they were super sweet on the inside! I knew this was the perfect time to grab some citrus fruits and dehydrate them for the holiday season.

To dehydrate: 
Slice fruits as evenly as possible. approx. 1/8 inch thick.
Dry in dehydrator 8-12 hours until all moisture is gone.
Or Oven dry:  by placing a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. Place slices on top of the cooling rack and dry in a 200 degree oven for approx. 2 hours until all moisture is gone.


Let me share some of my favorite bloggers and their great ideas that I plan on doing this fall for the holidays!
I encourage you to visit them for all the details! 
(all photo credits below belong to the bloggers linked below!)

Neighbor/Teacher Gifts: 
Gifts on the Stove Top  by: lifeinyellow.com
Love their free printable gift tag! Go check them out. Perfect for giving or selling at a school holiday gift/craft sale!

Simmering Potpourri: by: www.dandee-designs.com
Here's another cute one! Love the clear see through bags! Maybe punch two holes in top and tie gingham bow in front?

Fruity Candles by: www.perfectprod.com
Using Dried Oranges, lemons and limes (bet grapefruits would be great too!) to make a pretty ringed base around fall candles. (Using cream and sage green candles you could use them for the winter holidays too!)

Wreaths and Garland: 

Garland by: flowerpatchfarmgirl.
I can see adding in some cinnamon sticks, and maybe tying some torn strips of gingham or cranberries in between the slices? Would be lovely on a homespun tree for the kitchen!
 Wreath by: www.thekitchn.com
Sadly the link they share is for this wreath being for sale in the U.K. somewhere, but I love it and think we could figure this one out with sage leaves and cinnamon sticks right? Fishing line maybe threaded through? I'll let you see my attempts if I give it a try! Cute on kitchen cabinets?

Orange slice ornaments by: slimpaley.com
Simple yet pretty, feed fishing line through the dried fruit slices. Embellish with gingham ? Cranberries? Cinnamon Sticks? Would be so pretty to hang on tree's outside too for a lovely nature themed decor. Plus the birds would love it!

Sun Catcher Ornaments by: livingpeacefullywithchildren.com
Would be pretty in a window or on a tree.


  1. I love the way the oranges and lemons look when dried out...I have some but am loving knowing how to make my own, they look so great around the base of a candle and I would guess they would look pretty good in a large apothacary jar...thanks for sharing...Phyllis

    1. I love the apothacary jar! Maybe even a string of lights in there to glow like stained glass? Maybe that's just too much though! Love the ideas! Thanks Phyllis!

  2. I've been contemplating doing this! Thanks for the push to do it!

  3. Hello! I am stopping by via katherine's corner Thursday blog hop! I have enjoyed reading your blog and am now following you! Just thought I'd let you know! :)

    Sarah Ortiz


    1. Welcome Sarah! I am so glad you found me and that you took a moment to say hello! Can't wait to pop over to your blog!
      Have a great weekend!

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  5. Thanks for this. We're drying some in the oven at the moment - trying to decorate our tree completely naturally this year!

    1. Let me know how it goes! I am thinking of doing that next year, leave the ornaments packed away and get creative with an all natural tree! Love it!
      Best wishes,

  6. Thanks for the tips! I like a hint of orange in many of the teas I drink, and this will be a greatly convenient way to have that flavor on-hand. :)


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