Dried fruit decorations are both easy and cheap to make. Dried fruit slices can often be obtained from craft fairs, but better than that, you could make your own! Instructions for how to do this can be found here.
All you need are a few inexpensive bits and pieces and half an hour, and you will have natural decorations that look lovely and smell amazing!
The simplest thing to do is an orange slice, thread it onto a piece of ribbon and tie the ribbon into a loop.
Or you might like to try some of these ideas below!
How to Make Dried Fruit Decorations
You will need: dried fruit slices and whole citrus fruit (you could buy them or make your own, instructions here), pine cones, cinnamon sticks, raffia, ribbon, cord (not so easy to find, I got some from Wilko), tape.
4. Tie the raffia into a knot.
1. Tie a piece of raffia round 3 cinnamon sticks.
5. Tie the ends of the raffia to make a loop.
Wrapping some tape around the end of the cord will stop in from fraying and make it easier to thread.
Using a darning needle makes threading raffia easier. If you do not have a darning needle, wrapping tape round the end will work well here too.
If the holes in the fruit are to small, they can be easily enlarged using a knitting needle or a small screwdriver.
Arranging the dried fruit slices with the larger slices in the middle and the smaller ones at the top and the bottom will give the decoration a better shape.
These are only suggestions as to what you can do with your dried fruit as the possibilities are endless!
Several decorations like these can be joined together to make a garland. Instructions for the dried fruit garland I made last year are here!
You might want to keep some slices back for making a Christmas door wreath!