How To Make A Dried Orange Wreath & Giveaway

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Welcome to Cloches & Lavender where I share crafts and decorating ideas for the home on a budget. Let’s take a look at how to make a dried orange wreath For the most part, I enjoy decorating for the holidays using natural elements.Yes, it’s July, however, now is a great time to share ideas with new and regular followers. I hope to inspire you to get ready for the holiday season. Because many of us haven’t had large gatherings with family and friends this is the year to take the time to make pieces to usher your family and friends into our homes again.This dried orange wreath will make a wonderful gift for someone in your inner circle. Visit Cloches & Lavender to see how to make dried oranges slices and dried clementine when reading the post from yesterday. It’s very easy to make dried oranges and clementine.This dehydrated fruit craft is a favorite especially because it has it all. Oranges, mandarins/clementine, cinnamon sticks, walnuts with gilding and Anise stars. It also has one of my favorites, preserved acorns I have had for years.
Besides, natural elements for the holidays using dried orange slices on this wreath also combines elegant coupled with rustic elements which I am a fan of in décor. For this dried citrus craft I did use a grapevine wreath blank for this because I had it on hand. However, a straw wrapped with brown burlap will work as well. Also, another option is to purchase a foam form and wrap that in burlap too. For this dried orange wreath I like the texture a grapevine adds.Supplies List:
  • 14″ wreath blank of your choice
  • dried oranges
  • walnuts in the shell
  • paint
  • glue gun and sticks
  • cinnamon sticks
  • acorns
  • Anise stars
Gather Supplies To Begin Making This Dried Orange Craft
First, paint the walnut shells. I start gilding walnuts using champagne paint.
Next Start Building The Wreath FirstI glue my dried orange slices to the grapevine. I add a dried orange slice one at a time using hot glue.
I also overlap slices of the dehydrated fruit. Next, I began gluing each dried mandarin/clementine as well.
As a rule, I normally would use my glue gun to add dried mandarin/clementine for this craft. However, I decided to give a new product a try. In fact, I like this so much I may get a larger size.
Start Adding The Cinnamon And Walnuts To The Dried Citrus Wreath The paint of the walnuts and cinnamon coupled with the dried fruit slices adds another refined element and texture.
Next, I glue my walnuts nestling them beside the dried mandarin/clementine.
Here, you can see cinnamon sticks next to the dried orange adds another scent as well as more texture.Adding The Anise Stars To The CitrusBegin, adding Anise stars to the dried orange wreath happened. Because the Anise stars are pretty and add another rustic touch to the dried citrus. Anise stars are in the spice isle of most food stores.
Acorns Are Dry brushed And Added To The Dried OrangesNext step, I add the same paint used on the walnuts to the acorns to give them an elegant touch next to the dried orange. I use a dry brush technique. This is not only quick it’s also easy to apply. For the most part, you want very little paint on your brush. After adding a bit of paint lightly wipe the excess paint on a paper towel. During this step you should be left with very little paint. Lightly add the paint to the acorns. This technique is great because the natural look of the acorns will still be visible next to the dried citrus.
By the way, I have used acorns from the yard collected from our old home. Also, when using real ones, it’s important they be cleaned and baked in the oven. I also have a post that shares the process of saving real acorns for many years. By the way, my collection is 10 years old and they look as good as the day I began my collection. It also shares how I decorate with them in our home with dehydrated citrus.Back to the dried oranges, using your glue gun add the acorns and Anise stars to the dehydrated citrus.
Lastly, a ribbon of your choice to the dried orange wreath for hanging.
By the way, this wreath will last for some time. Store it in a cool/dry place in your home. For example, a basement works well because it’s usually cool with little light. If you would like to store thi inside something, I suggest a brown paper bag. Plastic will cause moisture on the dried citrus which can cause mold.
I hope this inspires you to make this dried orange wreath for your home. I would love to know if you will try dehydrating citrus or gilding nuts for the holiday seasons too? PIN IN TO REMEMBER IT FOR INSPIRATION!!Remember to follow Cloches & Lavender so you never miss new ideas for your home!
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