We’ve well and truly thrown ourselves into the Christmas spirit here! The tree went up at the weekend, we’ve made DIY dried orange tree decorations. We’ve watched Polar Express, we’ve drunk mulled wine, been to our Church’s Carol Concert, been to the school’s Christmas concerts, the only thing I haven’t done is had my first mince pie. We’re nearly sorted on the present front but nothing has been wrapped yet!! Oh……and the Elves arrived….but more on them in another post. Busy, busy, busy.
Putting up our tree was really lovely this year, with the older ones able to get fully involved and the littlest not old enough yet to ruin their efforts! We only had one smashed bauble this year (rolls eyes). I’m pretty pleased with the handmade decorations I put together this year, the first I shared last week and this week- we’ve been all about …… oranges.
I was inspired by @simpleandseason to give drying oranges a whirl but my goodness it’s far more tricky then it looks!
I’d like to blame my failed efforts (the first two oranges) on my not-a-proper-oven (we’re living with a convection oven while we wait for our kitchen extension to begin) but I’m not sure it was my poor oven’s fault but more a case of getting the thickness of the oranges right. They’ve got to be thick enough so they don’t snap and thin enough so they actually bake!!
Anyway. they’re pretty and smell delicious when done. I added some stars cut out of this paper bark and added some twine to hang!
If you’ve been making your own handmade christmas decorations this year, I’d love to see them! An easier version of these are to buy the dried orange slices, if you’re lacking in time.