Monday, December 6, 2010

Orange Slice Christmas Ornaments

What did I do on a very, and I mean very cold (16) day today? I made orange slice ornaments!! These look so much better in person. I had a hard time getting the pictures to turn out the way they really looked.


I used the little tiny oranges called cuties that my store had on sale.



I slice them about a 1/2" thick and blot them dry on paper towel.



The directions said to lay them directly onto your oven rack. But with these oranges being so small they would have fallen through my racks. So I put them onto a cookie cooling rack and set on the oven rack. You then bake them at 275º for 1 hour. Then turn oven down to 200º for 2 more hours. They were done much sooner probably because of their size. Just keep an eye on them the last couple of hours. I did have a couple that got a little dark.



After they were completely dry, I brushed them with a little modge podge and sprinkled with mica flakes. I think they turned out pretty cool. They really look sparkly, which you can hardly tell from the pictures. They look really pretty with a light from behind them!

20 comments:

  1. what a fantastic idear putting mica flakes on them ,the little tree looks fab with those orange slices warm and prim ,i just love it..
    Heidi :-)

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  2. oh so pretty....I think I may make some..thanks for sharing..Lisa

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  3. dring orange slices is on my "for me" list lol those turned out great! great idea with the modge podge & mica flakes
    Helen

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  4. I dry my oranges every year too! It isn't Christmas without them on my tree!

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  5. I think they look awesome. Maybe I'll try this for our prim tree...do you think the cats will try to eat them?!!

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  6. The orange tree looks great! I've dehydrated them before but never thought of using mica...I'll have to try it...thanks!
    patti

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  7. I saw a recipe for those, love the idea of doing that with apples too. It looks beautiful on your tree.

    Debbie

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  8. They are awesome. I tried to dry some orange slices last year and burned them...you make me want to try again..Just wish I didn't have bottle gas since it is soooo expensive...but still worth trying. I was going to use mine in crafts..but now I see how great they look as ornaments..what a great idea. It is so much fun to share ideas through cyberspace..Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Thanks girlie for sharing that with us. Your Christmas tree with the orange slices is SO warm and inviting, I am going to TRY and do some orange slices myself I always buy them but they want alot of $$$ for them so I am going to do it your way, I am crossing my fingers they come out like yours!!

    Mery Christmas,
    Prim Blessings,
    Tricia

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  10. I do see the sparklies! How amazingly beautiful, yet so simple! Love it!

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  11. Love the oranges! They turned out wonderful!

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  12. Adorable! I've got my slices drying as we speak. The mica flakes are a nice touch.

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  13. Those look beautiful! Thank you for the instructions too. I'm going to have to try that next year!

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  14. They look great!! Thanks for telling us how you did them. I was wanting to make some for one of my little trees.
    Blessings,
    Lorna

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  15. I love the orange slices on your tree. Very festive and yet a great feeling of home and comfort comes from them.

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  16. That is so cute! You did a great job!!!!

    Carmen and the Primcats

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  17. Just stopping by to say Hi and thanks for commenting and becoming a Follower!
    I love your blog! I wonder if I could do the oranges for outside on the trees for the birds!? Or is it better just to string them fresh? Hmmm, I'll have to research that one - :)
    I love your bird tree that you created, very cool!
    But it's your kitties that really won my heart! So... I'M your newest follower!
    :) - Cindi

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  18. I love making orange slices and apple slices. I do mine the exact same way except I sprinkle mine with lots of cinnamon and allspice. Makes the house smell so good!!!
    Kathren

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  19. These look so awesome if they look better than the picture I think they are just fantastic. What a natural stained glass look..thanks for sharing these precious gems

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