How to Make a Dried Orange Wreath

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Let’s take a look at how to make a dried orange wreath!

For the most part, I enjoy decorating for the holidays using natural elements.

I strive to inspire my readers with simple and easy crafts and home decorating ideas to get our homes ready for the holiday season.

Because this is the time for gatherings with family and friends take the time to make pieces to usher your family and friends into our home to celebrate the seasons.

For example, sharing how to make a dried orange wreath is an easy project that you can use in your home for the cooler months as well as the holiday season. So, how exciting will it be to turn some music on and make a dried citrus craft?

By the way, this dried orange wreath will make a wonderful gift for the seasons for someone in your inner circle.

Wouldn’t it be a great time to celebrate being together and giving gifts from the heart. Giving a homemade gift for someone special is often the gift they cherish most.

Also, this can be made with your kids except for the gluing. You will be making memories which is important as a family during the cooler months with a fire and a warm dink. Besides this gets you a step ahead for the holiday season.

By the way, you can see how to make these dried citrus slices and clementine while reading this post.  It’s also quick to make these fruits and I share everything needed for these craft ideas.

This dehydrated fruit craft is a favorite especially because it has it all. Oranges, mandarins/clementines, cinnamon sticks, walnuts with gilding and Anise stars. It also has one of my favorites, preserved acorns I have had for years.

oranges and nuts close up

Besides, natural elements for the cooler season and holidays using dried orange slices on this wreath also combines elegant coupled with rustic elements which I am a fan of using in home décor.

Using a grapevine base is perfect for this simple wreath project. However, straw wrapped with brown burlap will work as well. Also, another option is to purchase a foam form and wrap that in burlap too.

For this dried orange wreath, I like the texture a grapevine round adds.

Supplies List

  • 18″ wreath blank of your choice
  • dried oranges
  • walnuts in the shell
  • paint
  • glue gun and sticks
  • cinnamon sticks
  • acorns
  • Anise stars

Gather Materials

Orange slices close up
acorns and cinnamon sticks

Add Paint to Nuts

Step 1: Painting the Walnuts Adds Sparkle for the Season

I start gilding walnuts using champagne craft paint.

champagne paint
gilded nuts

Next Start Building the Wreath Beginning with the Fruit Slices

Step 2: Hot Glue the Slices to the Base

First, I glue my dried orange slices to the grapevine. I add a dried orange slice one at a time using hot glue.

First orange slice glued

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I also overlap slices of the dehydrated fruit. Next, I begin gluing each dried mandarin/clementine as well to my seasonal wreath.

Dried clementine getting glued
all the oranges glued

Using a Glue Pot to Attach the Whole Dried Fruit

Step 3: Adding the Larger Whole Pieces to the Base of this Craft Project Makes It Easy to Attach

As a rule, I normally would use my glue gun to add dried mandarin/clementine for this easy craft project.  However, I decided to give a new product a try from Surebonder.  In fact, I like this so much I may get a larger size.

Hot glue pot

Start Adding the Pieces to the Wreath

Step 4: Adding the Spices and Nuts Using a Hot Glue to Adhere to the Form

By the way, the paint of the walnuts and cinnamon coupled with the dried fruit slices adds another refined element and texture.

oranges with one cinnamon stick glued
Cinnamon sticks attached together

Next, I glue my walnuts nestling them beside the dried mandarin/clementine.

Oranges, cinammon sticks and walnut after gluing

Here, you can see cinnamon sticks next to the dried orange adds another scent as well as more texture to this seasonal craft.

Adding Anise Stars to the Citrus

Step 4: Anise Stars Add More Rustic Touches to This Easy Project

By the way, adding Anise stars to the dried orange wreath comes next. The Anise stars are pretty and add another rustic touch to the dried citrus craft project and they add an amazing smell.

Supplies before they are used for this craft

Acorns Are Dry Brushed and Added to the Dried Oranges

Step 5: Glue the Dry Brushed Acorns on as a Finishing Look to this Seasonal Wreath craft

Next step, I add the same paint used on the walnuts to the acorns to give these natural pieces an elegant touch next on the dried orange wreath. I use a dry brush technique. This is not only quick it’s also easy to apply. For the most part, you want very little paint on your brush. In fact, make sure to dip the tip of the brush only and wipe the excess off on a paper towel before applying.

During this step you should be left with very little paint. Lightly add the paint to the acorns. This technique is great because the natural look of the acorns will still be visible next to the dried citrus.

The acorns after they are dry brushed with the paint

By the way, I have used acorns from the yard collected from our old home. By the way, when using real acorns from nature, it’s important they be cleaned and baked in the oven.

You may enjoy reading a post that shares the process of saving, cleaning and preserving real acorns for many years.  By the way, my collection is 20 years old, and they look as good as the day I began my collection. It also shares how I decorate with these tiny pieces of nature in our home with dehydrated fruit.

Now back to the dried orange craft idea, begin with using your glue gun and add the acorns and Anise stars to the dehydrated citrus for another finishing rustic piece of nature.

Dried citrus, walnut, Anise star and acorn

Lastly, add a ribbon of your choice to the seasonal dried orange wreath for hanging. 

Finished wreath hanging on the door

By the way, how to make a dried orange wreath will last for at least two seasons. Store it in a cool/dry place in your home. For example, a basement works well because it’s usually cool with little light. If you would like to store this inside something, I suggest a brown paper bag or wrapping it in brown craft paper and secure lightly with tape. Plastic will cause moisture on the dried citrus which may cause mold.

A close up of the finished craft to see the details

I hope this inspires you to make this dried orange wreath for your home. I would love to know if you will try dehydrating citrus or gilding nuts for the cooler seasons too?

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

72 thoughts on “How to Make a Dried Orange Wreath

  1. It’s absolutely beautiful!! I love the addition of the whole clementine. I don’t think I’ve seen that before. It really makes the wreath look extra special!

  2. Thank you for this post, I have always wanted to make one, and now I have the instructions to do so! Looks great and I bet it smells pretty good too!

  3. Really love the way it turned out. Usually they are so flat looking, but yours has so much dimension to it. Great job!

  4. This wreath is seriously so stunning! I always appreciate all the layers of texture you add to your wreaths and vignettes. They’re really pretty! Can’t wait to try your wreath making technique. I swear you make it look so easy! Hugs, CoCo

  5. This is wonderful. And thanks for the tip about storing it in a paper bag. Wouldn’t have thought of that.

  6. I just adore your wreath!!! The devil is definitely in the details here as you have created so much texture!
    I love it and just may need to make one myself:)

  7. Darn, I just passed up a bunch of acorns on my walk this morning. I had so wanted them, but I had a pup who was being mischievous and I could not get acorns and hold him on his leash at the same time. Thanks for the inspiration. I will have to go back less one pup to pick them up!

  8. Oh Cindy! What a gorgeous way to bring natural elements to a seasonal wreath. Thanks for the tutorial so I can make my own. This would make a lovely gift, as well.

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