Turn Citrus Fruits Into Beautiful DIY Christmas Ornaments

Does your Christmas tree need a refresh? Do you want to ditch old plastic balls?

Whatever the case,  give your tree a more rustic, natural, and organic feel with citrus!

You need minimum  effort to morph any type of citrus fruit into ornaments and garlands. Just dehydrate and string with twine, then decorate your tree.


These DIY ornaments take minimal effort but yield gorgeous results.

What you’ll need:
Citrus (blood oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, etc)
Sharp knife
baking sheet and cooling rack

1. Slice citrus into thin rounds and place on a metal cooling rack that’s been placed over a sheet pan. Dry in oven at 200 F for 3 hours.

2. Remove pan from oven. Use a small piece of twine to create an ornament hanger for each citrus round, punching a hole in the citrus if necessary.

3. Decorate your tree!


Forget stringing popcorn or cranberries—citrus peel garland is gorgeous strung onto a tree with some white lights.

What you’ll need:
Citrus (blood oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, etc)
Sharp knife

Spoon or citrus peeler
small cookie cutter
wooden skewers

1. Slice a piece of citrus in half. Remove the fruit from the peel with a spoon. (But don’t toss it—use it in a smoothie or fruit salad!).

2. Slice the peel so it lays flat on a cutting board. Punch out designs from the peel using mini cookie cutters in a variety of shapes such as stars and hearts.

3. Slide the punched out peels onto wooden skewers and dry at room temperature for 24 hours.

4. Remove dried peels and string them onto a long piece of twine. Decorate your tree or mantle with citrus peel garland.

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