Dried orange slice uses: 10 festive ways to use dehydrated citrus slices

If there’s one thing we’re seeing a lot of this Christmas, it’s dried orange slices! Actually, all dehydrated citrus slices seem to be trending and they’re being used on everything from gift wrap to cocktail garnishes. Because our dried orange slice tutorial is trending again, we thought we’d share all of the best orange slice uses this festive season to help you spruce up your home and food!

Related article: DIY dried orange slice tutorial: How to dehydrate citrus fruits in your oven
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Close up details of orange slice

How to make dried orange slices:

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to DIY your own dried orange slices or follow all the steps on our DIY tutorial here.

1. Garlands

Easily one of the most common dried orange slice uses is to create a Christmas garland. While some use orange slices on their own, you can also find impressive garlands that incorporate greenery, timber beads or other natural accents.

Below is just one example from a reader (Cheyenne of The Little Flame Co) who used our tutorial to make this stunning orange slice garland over her fireplace.

Dried orange garland
Home of Cheyenne of @thelittleflameco
fireplace garland
Fireplace styled with garland by @wonderfullymadebyleslie

2. Garnish

Not only do they look fab, dried orange slices are also edible! So don’t be afraid to sprinkle a few on your grazing board, dress up any drink, or decorate a cake. It’s the perfect festive garnish!

Grazing board for wedding
Grazing board by Courtney Holloway at The Day Weddings | Learn how to create your own gorgeous grazing board here
dried orange garnish _ Dried orange slice uses
Image from @sisterhoodharvest
orange slice garnish _ Dried orange slice uses
Cake by @kokoblackchocolate

3. Dipped in chocolate

Speaking of snacking on dried orange slices, one way to elevate them is to dip these slices into chocolate. Yvette from @thestylistsplash put her own spin on our dried orange tutorial by dipping the orange slices in chocolate. You could also add something extra, like sprinkles of salt or crushed candy cane. Give as a gift or keep them for yourself 😉

Chocolate dipped orange slices
Image via The Stylist Splash | Made using our DIY dried orange tutorial

4. Wreaths

Going hand-in-hand with garlands, wreaths are an incredibly popular decor piece incorporating dried orange slices. Not only do the slices add a gorgeous pop of colour to the often traditional green and red wreaths, but they smell amazing alongside other wreath favourites like cinnamon, pine and eucalyptus leaves.

dried orange wreath _ Dried orange slice uses
Christmas wreath by @wyldewreath
orange slice wreath
Orange slice wreath by @t.susanna

5. Simmer kit

There’s something so Christmassy about the scent of citrus, cinnamon and other spices wafting through your home. One of our favourite ways to make your home smell like Christmas is to make a stovetop simmer kit. Super fragrant and good for a week of reheating, simmer kits are an easy way to get your home smelling festive.

Stovetop simmer kit
Find our stovetop simmer kit DIY here

6. Gift decor

Go the extra mile with your gift wrapping this Christmas by using dried orange slices. They serve as an excellent, low-waste gift wrap alternative to plastic decorations. Plus, they’re one of the most cheap and cheerful ways to dress up your Christmas gift wrap!

Dried orange slices close
From our DIY dried orange slice tutorial here
dried orange gift wrap decoration
Gift wrapping image from @thecannafairy_
dried orange uses
Image credited to @my_prettypresent
gift wrapping ideas _ Dried orange slice uses
Gift wrapping image from @blaackfoxshop

7. Wall decor

These versatile slices are being used in more creative ways than ever. This year, we’ve seen a real increase in DIY wall decor ideas that feature dried orange slices. Simply forage a branch and use twine to string up a selection of your favourite natural elements.

dried orange slice wall hanging _ Dried orange slice uses
Image shared by @fotokyr
orange slice wall hanging _ Dried orange slice uses
Image by @everydaygracedesigns

8. Mobiles

On a similar note, mobiles featuring orange slices have also been popping. And when they look this good, why wouldn’t they? Instagram user @hemlikheter shares her mobile DIY method in the reel below!

orange slice hanging
DIY hanging by @hemlikheter
dried orange hanging
Dried orange hanging shared by @pocketfulproductions

9. Ornaments

Orange slice ornaments make the sweetest addition to any Christmas tree. Make these as simple or complex as you like by using just dried orange slice and twine, or also adding cinnamon sticks, timber beads, rope or pine sprigs. Get creative and come up with your own unique design!

dried orange ornament inspo _ Dried orange slice uses
Dried orange slice ornament by @atelierdemai.shop
dried orange ornament _ Dried orange slice uses
Image from @wonderfullymadebyleslie
dried orange slice ornament _ Dried orange slice uses
Macrame Christmas ornaments by @missknottie.macrame

10. Place cards

Sometimes we’re completely surprised by the creativity of people online. Increasingly, users like @pride.and.provisions are using dried blood orange slices as place cards. A stunning low-waste option for your table setting!

dried orange placecards _ Dried orange slice uses
Dried orange place cards by @pride.and.provisions

We hope you liked these 10 dried orange slice uses. Will you give any of these a go? Do you have any ideas that we haven’t listed? We’d love to hear all your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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