3 Easy Citrus Décor Ideas to Upgrade Your Home for the Holidays

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30 Minutes

Gather some oranges from the refrigerator and let me show you how to create three inexpensive, citrus décor pieces to liven up your home for the holidays.

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Attaching rosemary stalks to a Styrofoam cone

Cone topiary

1. Attach rosemary stalks

We're first going to cut some short pieces of rosemary and attach them to a cone with some U-shaped floral pins. The tips of the rosemary should be heading upwards like the top of a tree.  


Using floral pins to attach long stalks of rosemary to a Styrofoam cone

Now we're going to place longer pieces of rosemary around the tree's bottom part.

The rosemary should be attached using floral pins all around the Styrofoam cone until it is pretty well covered and no white remains.

Rosemary covered Styrofoam cone laying on its side

Just to be sure that everything has been covered, I turn the cone onto its side and place some small pieces of rosemary.

Attaching oranges to a cone

2. Attach oranges

Now that our tree is totally covered in rosemary, it's time to add our little cuties. I'm using basic toothpicks from the kitchen cupboard and I'm putting the pointy end into the tree.   

Orange and rosemary topiary

Then I go around and attach the oranges onto the rounded end. You want to make sure that you leave some spaces where you can see the green of the fresh rosemary. Continue to do this until you are satisfied with the coverage around the tree.


Orange cone topiary

There you have the cutest little cone topiary Christmas tree. 

Citrus centerpiece idea

Citrus centerpiece

1. Find a clear vase and add oranges

Let's move on to our second holiday decorating project, using oranges. I've started with a clear vase and I'm going to place about 12 to 15 little oranges inside. 

Adding oranges to a clear glass vase

I try to keep them as close to the edge as possible, leaving a little bit of space in the center where I'm going to add my flowers.   

Adding water to a vase filled with oranges

Once all the oranges are placed inside, I fill the vase with water about an inch from the top.

Greenery added to a vase filled with oranges

2. Build the arrangement

I always start with a base of greenery. I like to use Eucalyptus and Variegated Boxwood. This gives great texture and a little bit of a variation in color.

Adding flowers to the citrus centerpiece

Then it’s time to add some flowers. I used a variety of flowers in colors that complemented the oranges.  

Citrus centerpiece

All these colors are the perfect accent with these beautiful oranges and will look fabulous on your fall or Christmas table. 

Dried citrus decorations

Dried citrus wreath

1. Dry citrus slices

For our last project, I dried citrus slices in a dehydrator. I used pink grapefruit, a navel orange, Cara Cara orange, and blood orange. 


Gluing cinnamon to a dried citrus slice

2. Attach decorations

I'm going to use those slices to create some ornaments with some cinnamon sticks, star anise, and a little bit of fresh rosemary. I'm just going to use a hot glue gun to keep everything in place. 

Dried citrus Christmas decorations

Glue the cinnamon stick to the middle of the dried grapefruit slice, and add a piece of rosemary and maybe a little bit of star anise. You can do all kinds of different combinations.  

Dried citrus slice ornament with rosemary and cinnamon

I then take a wire and push it through the rind of the citrus and twist it. You want to be careful as the fruit is fragile. 


Gluing citrus slices together

You can make different assortments of these. Here I'm using a piece of the naval orange, the Cara Cara orange, and a slice of the blood orange. 

Attaching dried citrus slices to artificial magnolia wreath

3. Attach ornaments to the wreath

Continue until you have about six ornaments made and then attach them to a wreath. I started with a basic faux magnolia wreath, and I've just twisted the wires around to attach the ornaments to the wreath.  

Dried citrus wreath

The citrus looks beautiful against the magnolia. 

Citrus home décor ideas

Easy Citrus Décor Tutorial

There you have three beautiful citrus décor projects to embellish your home this season.

I've placed my citrus centerpiece and cone topiary on my dining room table for all my guests to enjoy. 

Let me know what you think of these ideas in the comments.

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