How to make scented orange slice tree decorations
Creating natural decorations is not only a brilliant way to make your Christmas a little greener, but it’s also a lot of fun that the whole family can enjoy. These orange slice decorations with cloves smell incredibly festive and they’ll add a traditional feel to your tree. Plus, they’re easy-peasy for anyone to make.
How to make a hanging orange slice decoration
- Ribbon or twine
- Chopping board
- Carefully slice your oranges width ways, allowing up to around 1cm in width for each slice. Depending on your tree size, you may want to slice 3 to 4 oranges in total.
- Take each slice in turn and lie flat on a chopping board or baking tray. Decorate the slice with cloves. Push each clove through the orange flesh with your fingers, with the star facing upwards. You could create a ring of cloves on the outer or inner edge of your slice, or get creative with your own pattern or initials.
- Make an incision at one end of the slice. This is where your ribbon or twine will go through once your slices have dried.
- You’re ready to get baking. Put your orange slices with the design face up in your oven at the lowest setting, around 65 degrees centigrade, for four hours. They will dry more quickly on a wire rack, but you could also pop them on to baking parchment and a baking tray.
- Remove your slices from the oven and leave to cool. Don’t worry if they feel a bit tacky at first, they will soon dry out on the tree. Feed your preferred length of ribbon or twine through the hole you have made in your orange slice and tie the end. Now all you need to do is hang them and enjoy!
Tip: If you’ve got a few oranges and cloves left over, why not make a pomander? Just tie ribbon around whole oranges and pop cloves through the skin in a pattern. They make a great table centrepiece grouped together in a bowl and the cloves help the oranges to stay fresh for longer.
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