How to Make a Dried Citrus Wreath
One of my favourite pre Christmas jobs is to make a wreath for the front door. Usually I’ll make one from greenery and berries, but this year I wanted to try something different.
This dried citrus wreath has slices of dried orange, lemon and lime, with bay leaves and ribbon in between.
It’s fairly easy to put together and the bits and pieces are all easy to find. A trip to the supermarket should cover it if you don’t have what you need already!
Instructions for Making a Dried Citrus Wreath
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You will need
Thick garden wire or a wire coat hanger, about 85 cm
or old scissors
Strong tape, like gorilla tape or electrical tape
About 60 dried fruit slices (8-10 in total of oranges, lemons and limes should be enough). Instructions for drying the fruit can be found here.
Ribbon (about 5 m cut into 15 cm lengths)
Bay leaves (the cheapest ones I found were Polish ones in Tesco)
Wide ribbon for the bow
Florists’ wire (optional)
String, raffia or bakers’ twine for hanging
Assembling the Bits and Pieces
1. Cut the wire to size. If you’re using a wire coat hanger, just cut off the twisty bits and the hook. To do this, I cut through the plastic casing with the scissors, then bent it back and forth until it snapped.
If you’re using garden wire, you’ll need a length of about 85 cm.
You can make the wreath bigger or smaller by changing the length of the wire.
2. Cut up the ribbon. It will need to be in lengths of about 15 cm, into 4 roughly equal piles.
3. Sort out the dried fruit slices. You’ll need 8 piles with 7 in each pile. If there’s a lot of variation in size, choose larger slices to go in the middle of each group and smaller ones for either side. Check whether each slice has a hole in the middle. If not, poke a hole through with a knitting needle, darning needle or skewer.
4. Sort out the bay leaves. You’ll need 4 lots of about 15. Each bay leaf will need a hole through the middle.
Making the Wreath
4. Thread on another pile of bay leaves, then another pile of fruit. You should have 4 lots of fruit slices, with bay leaves between the first and second group and the third and fourth group. This is one half of the wreath.
5. Take the other end of the wire and repeat steps 1 – 4.
If you have any dried fruit slices left over, you might like to take a look at these tutorials: