As someone who thoroughly enjoys any excuse to decorate (I blame my interior designer mother), decorating a Christmas tree has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. We don’t have space in our small apartment to store many Christmas decorations, let alone a collection of ornaments, so this year I used DIY Christmas ornaments made from dried citrus slices.
These are super simple to make, inexpensive, all natural, and compostable! Guilt-free holiday decorating at its finest. Read on for the how-to.
Place thinly sliced citrus fruit flat on a baking sheet. I used an orange, a lemon, and a lime.
Place the baking sheet in the oven at 175 degrees. Set a timer to flip the slices over every hour – otherwise they will curl up on the sides. You will know they are done when they no longer feel sticky or wet to the touch.
The lemons and limes will dry out more quickly than the oranges, it took about 3-4 hours for all of the fruit in this batch to completely dry out.
I used a bobby pin as a needle to thread twine through the top edge of each citrus slice. I tied the twine in a knot and voila – Christmas ornaments!
We knew we would be traveling on Christmas so instead of investing in a tree (we don’t have room to store a fake tree in our apartment), we decided to decorate this vase of greenery instead. Less wasteful than buying a tree, but still festive!
And if you’re in search of low-waste and sustainable gift ideas to put under your eco-friendly Christmas tree, look no further: