This week I have been busy drying fruit to make this lovely festive Christmas decoration. I love how these traditional Christmas decorations look, they smell wonderful as well.
They are so easy to make, once you know how to oven dry the fruit.
What you need:
You don’t need all of these ingredients, you can pick and chose which ones you have available.
- Bay Leaves
- Star Anise
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Wooden Skewer
- Baking Paper Lined Baking Tray
Cut the fruit into 1/2cm slices and place on a baking paper lined baking tray at approximately 75 C. You will need to turn the fruit every hour until fully dried. It will take several hours to properly dry the fruit.
Use the wooden skewer to pierce a hole in the fruit. Make a loop in one end of your twine, so you can hang your Christmas decoration.
Thread the fruit onto the twine in whatever order you wish. Every now and then, you will want to tie on a cinnamon stick, by wrapping the twine around the stick a couple of times and then threading it through one of the loops.
You will need more fruit than you may think to make even a short hanging Christmas decoration such as the one featured here. If you decide you want to make a full garland you will probably need to prepare the fruit over several days in advance.
You can stick on the star anise at the end. They look so pretty and really finish the decoration nicely.
I added this pretty tree decoration, which I bought at Chickadee’s, on the bottom of the decoration. I love the combination of natural fruit and spices and the shiny hammered metal.
The pendant looks so festive hung up in my hallway, and the fabulous Christmas aroma hits you when you walk in the front door and immediately puts you in the festive mood!