Thursday, December 17, 2015

Friday Faves...Two Simple and Inexpensive Christmas Decorations to Make!

I love the look of using things from nature in Christmas decorating.
This year I decided to try drying some orange slices to use on my little kitchen Christmas tree.
I've seen them used as Christmas decor in several places over the years, 
and finally got around to trying it myself.

Christmas and oranges are connected in my mind, 
as an orange was always what filled the toe of our Christmas stockings.
I imagine there are many others in my age group who remember the same thing.
Christmas stockings usually had an orange, nuts and candy in them, not gifts like they do now.
Methods for drying vary, 
but here's the one I tried.
First, slice the oranges in 1/4 inch thick slices.
In a 225 degree oven, place the orange slices directly on the oven rack and leave for 2-2 1/2 hours,
turning them over at least once in the drying process.

 Once dried, I simply threaded some baker's string on an embroidery needle and made one stitch through the pulp part of the dried orange slice, cut the string and tied it, then hung it on my little kitchen tree.

 Project number two is this jingle all the way sign.  
It couldn't be easier!
Find a Dollar Tree Christmas gift bag with a cute saying on it.
Find a Dollar Tree frame.
Using the glass from the frame, trace a rectangle around the wording centering it beneath the glass.
Cut it out, and if it's creased or wrinkled, iron it on low heat between the two layers of a folded dish towel.
Place it in the frame, and you're done!

Well it's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a SAFE and BLESSED weekend!


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  1. I did the same!!! I also added some walnuts and a little tiny raw cranberry
    garland...using the smallest cranberries. Very festive!!!!

  2. What delightful ideas, Elizabeth! I have no room for a kitchen tree..but I might try this anyway! And the framed saying from a gift bag---ingenious!

    1. Evelyn, you could make a little garland of the dried orange slices to hang above your kitchen window!

  3. Absolutely love all of this especially the orange slices--you are such an inspiration to me and I hope you never quit blogging AND I NEED YOU! Merry Christmas and much love--


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