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How to Dry Oranges for Christmas Decorations?


How to Dry Oranges for Christmas Decorations?

I absolutely love home-made decorations for Christmas. I searched online last year for the process how to dry out orange slices and here it is... 20131216-204728.jpg Using dried oranges to make decorations for the Christmas holidays is an easy process. Here are the steps to follow: Select fresh oranges that are firm and have good color. Wash the oranges with cold water and dry with clean cloth. Cut oranges into thin slices for faster drying time. Place the orange slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Turn the oven to 100 deg. F. and place the sheet in the oven. Open the oven door about two inches to allow hot air to circulate around the oranges. Place a small fan in front of the oven, and turn it on. If your oven has its own internal fan, turn it on. Leave the oranges in the oven for 45 hrs. Turn the orange slices over every 4 to 5 mins for even drying. Check the oranges when near the 45-hr. mark. The drying process is done when the oranges are brittle. Turn the fan and the oven off. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and let the orange slices cool. Place the orange slices into an airtight container until it is ready to be used. 20131216-204739.jpg I like to make holes in the dried orange and string them across the fireplace. Florence really enjoyed helping me so a great activity for toddlers too.

8 days to go...

Daisy x

Salt Dough Christmas hearts


Salt Dough Christmas hearts I found this great recipe on another blog and adapted it to what we needed. This is a perfect activity for young children, older children and even for us mums. 20131209-091726.jpg

It's just like working with play dough but you can keep your creations for decorating.
Ingredients... 2 Cups Plain Flour 1 Cup Salt 1 Cup Water20131205-172457.jpg Florence really enjoyed measuring out all the ingredients, it's the first time I have let her have the free reign with salt. Optional: food colouring - We added pink food colouring You can even press buttons, diamonds etc anything hard into the dough before baking.
Method... 1. Place the flour, salt and water in a large mixing bowl and mix to form a dough. Give it a little knead on the bench to pull altogether and make it smooth. 20131205-172522.jpg 2. Place between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until approx 3 mm thick. 20131205-172531.jpg 3. Use cookie cutters to make your desired shapes and using a skewer make a hole at the top. 20131205-172540.jpg 4. Place on a lined baking tray and bake in a 150 degree Celcius oven for 2-3 hours. 20131205-172551.jpg 5. Once they have cooled you can paint and decorate with glitter. I used glitter nail polish as it is a lot cleaner and gives them a nice shine. 6. Add some ribbon and you have beautiful handmade decorations or gifts to give to teachers and family. I have used ours for Christmas tree decorations and also to jazz up some special gifts. And with any left over dough (before it goes in the oven) you can put it in a jar for a gift or a treat for your little one for helping.

Florence and I had great fun making these little decorations, give it a go... if anything it is a lovely activity if you feel too cold to go out!

Daisy x