These five quick and easy ways to decorate with dried citrus will make your home extra festive this holiday season!
Now, I know some of you may be thinking it is too early for Christmas decorations, and to be honest, I agree. My husband and I both prefer to wait until December to start putting Christmas decorations up. We like to give thanksgiving its moment on the calendar. Although, I think greenery and these citrus decorations can be for thanksgiving! They really are just full of Fall colors.
I love all the different types of decorations that come with this time of year. Although, I think these citrus decorations are one of my favorites. They are simple yet full of color. They have so much potential to really go anywhere in your home (or outside your home).
I also love how these DIY decorations are not too time consuming. If you have a home full of little children but still want to add cheer inside your home, these decorations are for you. They would even be great to include children in making them! They are also for the person who has a tight work schedule but still wants to decorate for the season. You do not even have to dry your own citrus fruits if that seems too time consuming for you. There are many places online where you can buy them already dried. Here are a few links:
How To Make Dried Citrus
Start by slicing the desired citrus fruit in very thin slices. I am using limes, lemons, and oranges for a variety of colors and sizes. A sharp knife is good to use for this, but a mandolin is even better to ensure even sized slices!
Then, arrange the fruit on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in an oven that has been preheated to 175 degrees, or the lowest it can go. Going over the temp of 200 will bake the fruit instead of drying it out. A dehydrator is also great for this step if you have one! Mine took about 3 hours to fully dry.
TIP: Crinkle your parchment paper before putting it on your baking sheet so it is easier to work with and does not keep rolling back up!
Once dried, let them cool completely before working with them. Placing the citrus on a wire rack will help this process go much faster.
Now, let’s get decorating!
5 Ways to Decorate with Dried Citrus
1. Dried Citrus Garland
A dried citrus garland is a classic but also something you can never go wrong with doing. It is simple yet so festive and cheerful looking!
To do this DIY, I weaved the twine in and out of each end of the dried fruit. This one is a little more time consuming than the others but so worth it! The differing colors and sizes are what makes this garland eye catching. It looks great above a fireplace, above kitchen windows, on a front door… really any place you want some festive color.
2. Dried Citrus Ornaments
These dried citrus ornaments will add fun color and texture to your Christmas tree.
These ornaments were so fun to make! I used twine for these and added in some fresh lavender for smell as well as color. I will definitely be putting these on my tree this year!
3. Dried Citrus Wreath
This wreath that has touches of these dried citruses in it is the perfect way to spice up your front door.
I used an artificial wreath that was already made for mine. A artificial wreath won’t drop on your porch which means easy cleanup which I am all about. I also love how versatile an artificial wreath is. You can add in different things all year round according to the season. I just added the dried fruit throughout the premade wreath. It is very simple yet so pretty and so festive. You can also make your own wreath. My mother is so good at making her own wreathes with fresh greens, I just haven’t learned that skill yet. The porch is something guests first see when they come to a home. With that being said, I love making it festive to make my guests feel welcome. All though, let’s be honest, it makes me feel good knowing my door is decorated and ready for this time of year as well!
4. Citrus Name Place Cards
These name place cards are so cute. Definitely one of my favorite ways to use the dried fruit. A big part of this time of year is hosting big crowds. These name cards are a great way to amp up your hosting game! I just know so many guests will compliment them. They are also a great favor that people can take home to remember the day.
I wrote out names on printer paper and added it to the side of the citrus with some greens and used a small pin to keep it all together. I mean how fun are these! Baby’s breath would also be great on these!
5. Dried Citrus Table Runner
This table runner using greens and the dried fruit will add so much beauty to your table this season.
To make this, I used fake greens as well. Although, real greens would make your table smell amazing! having a runner down first would also add some beautiful layering to this DIY! Then, I arranged my greenery going down the center of my table. Like the wreath, I alternated the citrus throughout. I did mine on our coffee table, but a kitchen table would be great for this!
You won’t be disappointed if you incorporate these 5 DIY dried citrus decorations into your home this year. They are quick and easy but really do make your home feel joyous. Let the ladies here at Brick House on Green know if you tried them out! We would love to hear about your experience.