Make an elegant, fragrant, all natural gift topper with fresh evergreen branches, cinnamon sticks, and dried orange slices. This gift topper tutorial is a great way to dress up a present wrapped in plain brown kraft paper.
Not only is it beautiful, but it smells like Christmas! The mixture of citrus, sprigs of Christmas tree greens, and cinnamon is heavenly.
I came up with this gift topper idea when I had leftover dried orange slices from making my dried orange slice garland. I'm going to use more of the leftover orange slices to make some citrus simmer pots to make the whole house smell amazing this Christmas.
How to Make Dried Orange Slices
It all starts with dehydrated orange slices, of course. You can purchase dried orange slices, but they're really easy to make in the oven on low heat.
Use a sharp knife to cut fresh oranges (or other citrus fruits) in thin slices. Arrange the slices on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, then flip the orange slices over, and continue baking on low temperature for a further 30 minutes.
The thinner the orange slices are, the more quickly they will dry out. If some of your oranges are cut a little more thickly, you may need to continue cooking a bit longer. For best results, try to make your orange slices as even and equal as possible.
Let the dry oranges cool to room temperature before using them for crafts.
How to Make a Dried Orange Slice Gift Topper
Plain brown wrapping paper looks gorgeous when dressed up with natural elements!
Materials for a Dried Orange and Evergreen Natural Gift Topper
- brown kraft paper
- twine or string
- fresh evergreen branches
- sprigs of holly
- cinnamon sticks
- dry orange slices
- low temperature glue gun
The process? Tie the string around the package like a ribbon, the use a low temperature hot glue gun to glue sprigs of greenery, cinnamon sticks, and dried oranges to the top of the present. It really is that easy to make these Christmas decorations. In the video above, you can see how I play around with the elements to come up with an arrangement I like.
How Long Does a Dried Orange Gift Topper Last?
If you were using just dried oranges and cinnamon sticks, it would last for months. Using fresh greenery complicates things a bit. It really depends on what kind of evergreen branches you're using. I used yew and holly, because it's what I had growing in my backyard. The yew stays pliable a surprisingly long time--I had some that lasted nearly two weeks without being in water. The holly dries out more quickly, but retains its shape and color nicely. The gift does look best if it's given within a couple days.
Now to think up other fun ways to use dehydrated oranges this holiday season!