Written by Jennifer Sill

I’m very excited about this month (December). This year I’ll be getting an outdoor tree for the table on my deck. Each week leading up to Christmas my kiddos and I will be making decorations for that tree.

This week I’m doing dried oranges:

I’ve also done hanging birdseed (although I need to perfect that one.)










Dried Oranges

Here’s what you need:


-A knife

-cooking spray

-aluminum foil

-Baking sheet

Here’s what you do:

Preheat the oven to 250F

Slice the oranges in about 1/4 inch slices. Don’t go too thin. The thicker they are, the longer it will take to dry them out.

Line your baking sheet with foil and spray it with cooking spray.

Slice your oranges.

Place them in a single layer on your baking sheet.

Bake for 2 hours – turning often. (I turned every 15 minutes for the first hour, every 30 minutes for the second and third hours).

Put a slit in the orange and slide a ribbon in it to hang. (Or scroll down for several other uses for these oranges)


***After the first hour I sprinkled cinnamon on the oranges. It baked in to them. But the house smelled AWESOME. And I liked the extra speckles on the decor.


We’ll be hanging them on a tree and maybe decorating a wreath.


Here’s my Pinspiration for this project:

Natural Christmas Decor – HGTV


Here are some other fun ideas for dried oranges

Orange Wreath – No link from Pinterest

Orange Gift Decor – Again no reliable link

Orange Candle Decor – Good Housekeeping

Orange Drink Decor – Martha Stewart


 And for a link to all of my “Pinspirations” click here


Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She's helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest. Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.