Hopefully in the frenzied lead-up to Christmas you can steal a bit of time to sit quietly and relax while sipping hot chocolate or eggnog. Maybe wrap a few last minute gifts or try your hand at a small handmade something. These pretty evergreen snowflakes and dried oranges are the kind of project to while away a quiet winter afternoon.
The dried oranges turn into lovely translucent spots of colour against a grey winter’s sky and I love them hung in a window – the light coming through makes them look like stained glass. You can string them on a garland with cinnamon sticks or hang them from the tree.
Slice the oranges no thinner than one half inch or they will be brittle and tend to break or burn. Place the slices right on the oven rack in a 200 degree oven for at least two hours, flipping once to make sure they don’t stick and that they dry evenly. Remove, cool on a rack and… done!
I have hung the dried orange slices with the sweet evergreen snowflakes I made from the tips of left-over noble fir boughs.