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A dried orange slice with star anise in the center hanging on a Christmas tree.
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How to Make Dried Citrus Christmas Ornaments

These dried orange slices with star anise make the prettiest, natural and fragrant DIY Christmas ornaments for your tree! They’re so simple to make and look like glowing, stained-glass windows!
Prep Time10 mins
Assembly5 hrs
Assembly Time20 mins
Total Time5 hrs 30 mins
Pieces: 25 ornaments
Cost: $15


  • sharp knife
  • baking pan with grate
  • a needle and brown (or dark) thread


  • 5 oranges - thinly sliced
  • 25 star anise


  • Slice your 5 oranges with a sharp knife about a half-centimeter to a centimeter thick. The thinner they are, the more transparent they’ll be, but make sure not to cut them too thinly. They’ll warp and curl if they’re thinner than a half-centimeter.
  • Place them on a baking pan on top of a grate so the heat can circulate around them, and place them in the oven. Bake them at 180 F. degrees (82 C.) for 4-6 hours.
  • Once dry, let them sit for about a half hour to cool. Place star anise in the center of the oranges and use a brown or dark thread to attach them. You only need about 2 stitches to secure them. Don't worry if they're not completely dry. They'll continue to dry on your tree for the next few days.
  • I find it’s best to thread through the orange, leaving a bit long so you can easily tie the thread in a knot once it’s secure. Simply sew through the top of each orange to create a string to hang it with, and place it on your tree.