This Homemade Dried Orange Slices Holiday Garland Craft Project is a creative way to create a very natural (close to nature) indoor decoration to drape upon a fireplace mantle or house walls.
Homesteaders over the years has gained the knowledge that certain scents and aromas affect their moods. For example, it has been discovered that the smell of cinnamon helps us to be more mentally alert.
Citrus or orange scents helps us to feel more energized and encourages feelings of overall well-being. These feelings or emotions are exactly what we need for the busy and hectic Christmas holidays. The smell of oranges permeating through your house is bound to put you or anyone that enters your house in a festive mood.
Drying oranges at home is a simple and easy method of ensuring you have the energize aroma in your house all year through. All you need is a bag of oranges, a little time and some imagination.
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To start the process, you need to slice the oranges into slices. The slices should be about 1/2 inch thick. Place the slices on a rack in the oven. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and leave the slices in the oven for about three hours. You need to place the slices on a rack to ensure that the warm air circulates to dry the orange slices evenly.
Once they are dried and cooled down, grab the family and start making decorations for every room in the house. Each family member can do a room of his or her choosing. Decorating options are only limited by your imagination. You can string them up with other natural dried fruits and spices, or place them on toothpicks to create a festive table centerpiece. Have fun making them and enjoy the citrus aroma through the holidays.
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You certainly do not have to limit yourself to only making oranges, you can use any seasonal citrus fruits. A combination of grapefruit, limes, tangelos; blood oranges and lemons will make for a colorful and aromatic display.
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