How to Make a Dried Fruit Wreath

dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmasOne of my favourite Christmas tasks is unpacking all the decorations. I have memories of doing this as a little girl, when my dad would bring the box down from the loft.

The tree (always a real one) would be in the front room and we would remove the tinsel and wrap it round ourselves like scarves while my dad put the lights on the tree.

The lights had to go on first. That was The Rule. Then the tinsel, then everything else. Glass baubles that hung of my grandmother’s tree, the weird swinging Santa with a massive head that had belonged to my other grandmother, woolly santas and things we made at school.

One thing that makes these memories so vivid is that I can remember both the smell of the box and the smell of the Christmas tree.

Now when I do this with my own children, our box of decorations has its own smell. When I open the lid, the Christmas smell that comes out is the scent of the dried fruit decorations I have made over the last couple of years.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

This year I decided to make a dried fruit wreath. It is wonderfully easy to do and providing the fruit is all properly dry when you pack it away after Christmas, it should keep for several years.

How to Make a Dried Fruit Wreath

You Will Need: about 60 dried fruit slices (This works out at about 5 oranges and 3 lemons if you are drying the fruit yourself. Obviously this depends on the size of the fruit and how many slices you can get out of each one), 7 whole small citrus fruit (I used 3 limes and 4 satsumas), a wire coat hanger or some garden wire, ribbon (I used red burlap ribbon), a skewer or a darning needle, tape.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

If you are drying your own fruit, full instructions can be found here.

how to dry citrus fruitThe whole fruit takes longer; if you are organised and put the whole fruit in the oven first thing in the morning with some of the slices, you’ll be able to swap the slices over at lunch time and have your fruit more or less dried by the evening.

If the fruit isn’t completely dry when you get it out of the oven, leave it on a plate near a warm radiator on on a sunny windowsill for a couple of days should finish them off.

1. Remove the hook and the twisty bits from the hanger. The best way to do this is with wire cutters, but if you don’t have any, just cut through the plastic with an old pair of scissors, then bend the wire back and forth until it snaps.

2. Bend the wire into a circle shape. If you are using garden wire, you will need to cut about 80 cm.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

3. Slip a lime onto the coat hanger and slide it along about half way. If the hole is not big enough (or if you forgot to make one!), use the skewer or darning needle to make it a bit bigger. If it sticks on the hanger, just wiggle at along until it is in the right place.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

4. Take 7 of the dried fruit slices and arrange so that you have a larger slice in the middle and the ones either side get gradually smaller.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

5. Thread the fruit onto the coat hanger so that they are on one side of the lime.

6. Repeat step 4 and thread on the fruit so that it is on the other side of the lime.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

7. Thread 1 satsuma onto each side.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

8. Repeat Step 4 with the fruit again. Keep alternating whole fruit and slices until there is about 5 ish cm of wire left at each end.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmasdried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

9. Overlap the ends of the wire and stick them together with tape. Cover the tape with a piece of ribbon.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

10. Make a bow. The way to get perfect bows is not to tie them! Cut a length of ribbon and fold it into a loop. dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmasFold it over a couple of times in the middle in a concertina kind of way. Sew a few stitches to hold it in place. dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmasCut another piece of ribbon and wrap it round the middle. Sew to hold it in place. dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmasCut another length for the tails. Fold in half and sew to the back of the bow. dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmasCarefully sew the bow to the ribbon covering the tape. I just put a few stitches on either side so that I can put the door wreath holder behind the bow when I hang it up.

11. Hang it on your door and enjoy your beautiful wreath that also smells lovely!dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmasdried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas

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About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

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