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How to Make Dried Fruit Decorations

Isn’t it amazing that there is usually a simple, practical and frugal solution perfectly suited to every situation? Sometimes we just have to step outside our expectations, be present and look around. I wasn’t all that keen on tackling the holiday decorations this year. Until….

Last weekend I found myself late to the farmers market. I’m usually there quite early but the fun part about being late is that I end up going home with exciting produce because there so many amazing deals my frugal self cannot pass up.

I came home with a wagon overflowing with beautiful citrus, apples and a few cactus fruit. We made lovely wassail, moist orange-spice cake and these utterly magical dried fruit holiday decorations. I’m so excited to share them with you.

I feel certain our great, great grandmothers were not running out to the mall to buy their holiday décor. In fact, I’d bet dollars to donuts they were crafting fun things like dried citrus garlands and spiced apple wreaths. Check out Cheeseslave’s fanciful Christmas ornaments – I guess crafty minds think alike!

Maybe it’s my imagination, but being surrounded by my more naturally minded holiday decorations, this holiday feels less commercial and much more magical. Like I might see a whimsical elf at any moment. Or maybe that’s just the wassail. What will you create?

Dried Fruit Decorations – What You Need

Please note that the amounts are up to you. Make as much as your purpose requires.

  • 1 lb citrus, apples, dragon fruit, or whatever you desire – Personally, I find the pink grapefruits to be the prettiest. Get lemons if you will dehydrate apples, and use the ends of your lemons to squeeze juice onto your apples so that they do not brown.
  • 1 paddle floral wire
  • 2 oz glitter (optional)
  • Old buttons and broken jewelry
  • Hot glue and mod podge glue

How to Make Dried Fruit Decorations

  1. Slice ¼-½  inch rounds of citrus.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your citrus out.
  3. Preheat oven to 200F and dry your citrus for 2-3 hours until there is no more moisture – Or use a dehydrator if you prefer.
  4. For a garland: Run the floral wire through the flesh of the fruit near the rind.
  5. For a wreath: Make a donut shaped cardboard cut-out, and hot glue the fruit to the cardboard.
  6. For ornaments, run ribbon, string or twine through the center hole in your citrus or through the flesh of the fruit near the rind. Use the mod-podge to make your glitter accents stick. And use the hot glue to make objects stick.
  7. Don’t be afraid to get creative and glue on buttons, lone earrings. and broken jewelry for a unique look.

What natural decorations adorn your home this holiday?

This post was generously contributed by Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee. Check back next Friday for more delicious recipes from Monica that will make your mouth water and your tummy purr. If you’re lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, Real Food Devotee can make your life easier by delivering nutrient dense goodies directly to your door.

 

Photo Credit: An Eye Full Studio


 

 

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