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Fall Grapevine Citrus Wreath

Hello everyone, It’s DIY Challenge time again, hosted by Terrie from Decorate and More with TipThanks for hosting each month. 

If you’re coming from Jessica’s welcome and I hope you enjoyed her post she’s always creative.

This month’s challenge is anything fall and my favorite time of year is quickly approaching, therefore, sharing a fall grapevine citrus wreath I made seems fitting.

I will provide links at the bottom of this post for sources and for all the talented bloggers taking part in this month’s challenge so please look at their posts.

What Kind of Fall Wreath?

A fall grapevine citrus wreath with dehydrated oranges , gilded walnuts, acorns, Anise stars and cinnamon sticks seemed a great place to begin. Besides, I am a fan of mixing refined coupled with rustic elements in my décor.

Last Christmas was the first time I used the dehydrate setting on our oven. Drying orange slices was so much fun I knew I would make them again.

By the way, if you don’t have a dehydrate setting on your oven or a dehydrator, dehydrating oranges can still be accomplished.

How I Dehydrated Orange Slices For This Project and Décor

Simply set your oven at 200 degrees. The dehydrate setting on our oven is 180 degrees. Older ovens may not go that low. Also, dehydrate and dehydrators circulate the air inside the oven.

By the way, I only dehydrate fruit for crafting not eating. There’s information online for dehydrating citrus to eat.

Cut your oranges 1/4 inch thick, I also made mine this thick.

Place your slices in a single layer on an oven safe rack. As an example, I used a large metal cookie cooling rack.

Before placing them in the oven, it’s a good time to add spices if you’d like. For example, I added a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove it makes the house smell wonderful as well as making the orange pretty.

Next, bake for 2-3 hours until completely dry. Flipping after one hour.

I also suggest keeping an eye on them at the half way point after flipping them.

Most importantly, make sure the oranges are dry, not sticky at all. Low and slow is the best method.

I also slit Clementine’s and dehydrated them which took a much longer. As a result, these are great for my fall grapevine citrus wreath.

What’s Step Is Next?

After drying my oranges, I gilded walnuts using Décor Art champagne paint. As a result, the gilding coupled with the orange slices also added another refined element and texture to my fall grapevine citrus wreath.

Before Gilding

After the walnuts were dry, I thought cinnamon sticks would add another rustic element as well as Anise stars to my fall grapevine wreath.

The Beginning
Melting Glue Pot

Lastly, being a fan of acorns of course, I added them randomly which also adds rustic with refined. As a result, I lightly gilded them the same as the walnuts and a few are also left in their natural state hence adding a touch of rustic.

After Dry Brushing with Décor Champagne Paint

When using acorns from your yard as I have done, generally, they need to be cleaned and baked on a sheet pan in a 180 degree preheated oven for an hour and sprayed with polyurethane.

By the way, these steps are to kill any bugs and the polyurethane will preserve your acorns for many years.

Lastly, I added a ribbon for hanging. This fall citrus grapevine wreath also would work throughout the holiday season.

The Finished Look

I hope I inspired you to make this fall grapevine citrus wreath for your home. I would love to know if you will try dehydrating fruit or gilding nuts for the seasons too?

Decorate and More with Tip

Jessica Simmons

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Sources:

Grapevine Wreath

Glue Melting Pot

Glue Cubes

Deco Art Champagne Paint

Chip Brush

 

Charming Home & Gardens

Thursday Favorite Things

Farmhouse Friday

Love Your Creativity

Silver Pennies Sundsy

53 thoughts on “Fall Grapevine Citrus Wreath”

  1. Cindy, your wreath is beautiful! Thanks for the information on dehydrating oranges. I’m going to try it. I think the oranges would look so pretty on a Christmas tree. I hope you have a most wonderful day!

  2. So pretty! This reminds me of a true fall. I’ve never dehydrated oranges before. I have seen it at crafts fairs and they always smell so good. I just may give this a try!

  3. Beautiful Cindy. Love the rustic and a little whimsy with the painted nuts. Your tips for drying are wonderful to know too. Fall is on its way and your wreath looks beautiful.
    xoxo

  4. This is a beautiful all natural wreath. I bet it smells wonderful at the front door. I love decorating with dried fruit for Christmas, but have not done it for Fall. I will now, pinned

  5. Cindy, your wreath is absolutely beautiful and fall appropriate. I also appreciate the information about the dehydrating process! I am gonna have to try that out. I love how you arrange it as well on the wreath. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Just pinned this Cindy, oh my word – it is stunning! And I know it must smell amazing too. Cloves, cinnamon and oranges are 3 of my favorite combinations. You knocked this one out of the park. I love it so much! Hugs, CoCo

  7. Cindy, this is beautiful!!! I love the combination of things that you used! And love the gilded touches! So cute and perfect for fall!

  8. I’ve never tried dehydrating fruit, but I should. I can’t take most scents with my bad lungs, but anything that smells like food is great. So fruit would be awesome and I love the smell of those oranges in the fall. Off to pin so I can try this!!

  9. Cindy this looks beautiful and what a great tutorial. Love it so much that it’s one of my features on the Farmhouse Friday Link Party. Thanks so much for sharing it. Hope you link up again soon.

  10. Cindy, thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! I love how you used walnuts and acorns and star anise!I’ve not seen a melting glue pot before as I have always used a glue gun, but how convenient. Just found you through Charming Homes and Gardens! Love, love, love this wreath!

  11. Cindy, I just love this wreath! It has such a natural and rustic look, and I can almost smell that cinnamon. The special painted touches add so much, too. I’m planning to dry oranges this season as well. I think they look so pretty and festive. I pinned this to my DIY Wreaths board. Happy Fall!

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