Crafting Basics: Dried Apples and Oranges

Crafting Basics: Dried Apples and Oranges
Designed by
All Rights Reserved

fruitDried apples and oranges are easy country accents that you can add to wreaths, swags, baskets, or any craft using dried natural items.

On their own you can use them to make ornaments, garland and much more. Be sure to dry several sizes of apples and oranges.

Dried Apples

You will need:

apples; green or red
lemon juice
salt
knife
wire racks
matte clear acrylic spray
paper towels

Slice apples 1/4 inch thick, leaving in the core. Soak the slices for 20 minutes in a mixture of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Be sure to cover completely. Remove slices and pat dry with paper towels. Place on wire rack placed on cookie sheets (for easy removal) in a 150 oven for approximately 6 hours until dry. If they start to curl, turn them over. When done, the slices should have a leathery type feel. Spray each slice with 2 coats of acrylic spray, drying between coats.

Dried Oranges

You will need:

Oranges

knife

wire racks

matte clear acrylic spray

paper towels

Cut each orange crosswise into 1/4 inch slices. Discard end pieces. Place on wire racks which have been placed on cookie sheets in a 150 degree oven. Dry for about 6 hours, turning over if edges start to curl. When dried, they should be pliable.

You can use the slices whole or cut in half, depending on what you use them for. Spray either with 2 coats of spray, allowing to dry between coats.

Crafting Ideas:

Simple ornaments can be made of either dried fruit by threading clear fishing line through the top of the ornament for hanging. You can accent the ornament with twine or raffia bows.

A grouping of apples and/or oranges with a raffia bow make wonderful package accents for gifts. Create your own gift tags and use stamped brown craft paper for wrapping paper.

Add small orange or apple slices to a wooden napkin ring for a unique napkin ring.

Once you have your fruit dried you will think of more and more uses as your imagination runs wild. They are a wonderful natural accent!

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.

 
 

Seasonal Feature
Summer Harvest Tea

Before the cool weather sets in, enjoy the bounty of your herb, flower and vegetable gardens by giving a Summer Harvest Tea Party. Plan your theme around the garden, invite friends and family. Don't make it a formal affair, but rather a way to celebrate everyone's gardens and share produce, flowers, seeds and advice.

Read More…
Home & Garden

Harvesting and Using Summer Squash

Summer squash is one of my favorite vegetables. I love the yellow summer squash in particular. They should be harvested while still tender, when they have a "glossy" appearance and are still small. You will most likely need to harvest daily once they start to appear.

Read More…
viagra mexico pharmacy | http://oldfashionedliving.com/index.php/?page=52 | http://oldfashionedliving.com/index.php/viagra-online-uk-paypal.pdf | synthroid vs levothyroxine sodium | http://oldfashionedliving.com/index.php/cialis-generic-25-mg.pdf