This year again, for the end of year celebrations, we are adopting zero waste and eco-responsible habits , in order to reduce our consumption and waste. To do so, we make DIY Christmas gifts, wrap them using the Japanese technique of Furoshiki and opt for responsible decoration. In this way, citrus fruits are invited into our interior!
The Christmas decoration will be vegetable or not! We go into zero waste mode and we fall for DIY decorations from citrus fruits. Discover them!
1. An unusual Christmas tree made of orange peels in the shape of stars
Very easy to make and undeniably original, this little Christmas tree above will become the new focal point of your decoration. Perfect as a centerpiece, this pretty decorative element will draw attention if installed on the mantel of the fireplace or on the windowsill. On the manufacturing side, nothing could be easier! Use a wooden skewer to thread all of the stars, starting with the largest. To cut them, you can: either use cookie cutters of different sizes or use a precision knife. As a crest, it is possible to put star anise or a star in grapefruit or lime peel.
2. Ecological Christmas decoration made from dried clementines
It’s not just the orange peels that can be turned into original Christmas decorations. If you want to create unique decor with Christmas scents, the following idea will surely suit you! Dry whole clementines (do not forget to make vertical slits so that the drying is uniform and efficient) and hang them from the branches of the fir tree with twine. Add a few cinnamon sticks for an extra aromatic note.
3. What to do with orange peels and not just for Christmas?
If you’re wondering what to do with orange peels for Christmas, we’ve got a great idea for you. Arm yourself with cookie cutters in the desired shapes, white string, and citrus peels of your choice. For a nice contrasting effect, do not hesitate to choose citrus fruits of different colors. You can choose from: oranges, grapefruits, clementines, lemons, and limes. Using the cookie cutter you have chosen, cut out shapes in the peels of the citrus fruits. Poke two small holes in opposite ends of each item using a wooden skewer. Thread the metal wire through the holes and shape a crown.
4. Make a Christmas candle holder from orange peels
Decorate your home for Christmas by making original candle holders made from orange peels. A great decoration idea for the coffee table, these candle holders will perfume your home with a sweet Christmas scent. In addition to lighting a tea light, it is still possible to add a few drops of your favorite Christmas essential oil blend. To make the effect even stronger, punch a few holes in the peel of the orange, once it is hollowed out.
5. A nice gift wrapping decoration idea for Christmas
The wrapping of the gift is not the only thing that makes an impression on the recipient. The packaging decoration being the last touch of personalization, it remains an essential element for the gift to have its most beautiful effect. And if you are wondering what to do with orange peels, the following project has the answer. Orange, clementine or lime peels make a wonderful adornment for eco-friendly Christmas gifts. Simply cut out the desired shapes and secure them to the wrapping paper using string and tape.
6. DIY orange peel roses to decorate your home
In addition to flavoring our living rooms, citrus peelings are also very practical for making creative decorations. How about turning them into roses to embellish the Advent wreath or the fir branch garland on the mantel? Also, add orange peel stars and star anise and your natural Christmas decoration is ready.
7. Decorations for the green tree in orange peel
In recent years, the trend has been for green Christmas decorations. Nothing could be easier with citrus peelings! You already know the manufacturing technique: arming yourself with a cookie cutter, cut the desired shapes from the citrus peel. Drill a hole in the top of each element and thread a piece of string. Finally, attach the decorations to the branches of your tree.
8. Christmas door wreath decorated with natural materials
A classic element of Christmas decoration, the door wreath is endlessly available according to trends and tastes. Natural or artificial, it brings a touch of magic to our spaces. Elegant and refined, the wreath presented above is made from artificial fir branches but its adornment is completely natural. Pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices, and dried tangerine peels give it a natural and modern appeal at the same time.
9. An original garland made up of Christmas bells in orange peel
Besides the cute little stars to cut from orange peels, you can use a Christmas bell cookie cutter to give your decor an even more festive touch. Proceed in the same way as for the stars. First, cut the peels with the cookie cutters provided. Then cover the shapes with a sheet of baking paper and iron them with an iron. Make two holes with a toothpick and let the shapes dry in a dry place. Drying could take a few days. Once the forms are dry, all that remains is to thread them on thread, ribbon, or string. Here!
10. What to do with orange peels and how to use them in decoration?
Making Christmas garlands out of orange peel figurines is child’s play. In addition to using them to decorate the banister of the staircase, the fireplace mantel, the walls, and the windows, they also serve as unusual decor for our favorite festive desserts. Whether it’s a pie, a Christmas cake, or a chestnut cream, a few small citrus peel ornaments will add the finishing touch to these must-have party treats.
11. Decorative trees in the orange peel to decorate drinks
Opt for Christmas cookie cutters and cut themed figurines from the peels of orange, grapefruit, and lime. Put them in the cocktail glasses and garnish with a few sprigs of rosemary or mint. This idea is perfect for cocktails with or without alcohol, so children can also enjoy them.
12. Garland made from dried orange slices
The dried fruits are an excellent material to make a Christmas decoration fragrant. We invite you to try a tutorial showing how to make a garland from dried orange slices to adorn the staircase or windows. Take into consideration that this DIY project will take a few days because of the drying of the oranges.
13. What to do with the citrus zest?
While making your Christmas decoration with oranges and other citrus fruits, don’t forget to throw away the fruit zest because we will show you how to make different decorative elements. Take mini cookie cutters with various patterns such as Christmas tree, star, bell, snowmen, and even letters. However, try to keep the rinds as intact as possible. So, place the zest on a piece of paper towel and cut out the desired shapes. In order to create flat ornaments, we recommend that you put them between heavy books. Then you can decorate them however you like, create a garland, or surprise a friend with a loving and personal gift.
14. DIY project to bring a green touch to your Christmas decoration with oranges
Oranges, lemons, and clementines are also a good choice for making a Christmas wreath. Such a decorative element will give a chic allure to your front door to welcome your guests in style. However, for the making of this wreath, our editorial team suggests that you bet on the star plant of the cold season: eucalyptus!
For this fantastic project, you will need a metal ring, florists’ wire, several branches of fresh eucalyptus, clementines (or other easy peelers), and tongs. First, start “weaving” the eucalyptus branches on the metal ring. Know that you must achieve a thick surface so plan a large number of branches. Then it’s time to fix the clementines. To do this, cut two pieces of florists’ wire and pierce the fruits as shown above. Then all you have to do is twist the ends of the wires on the ring.
15. Mountain of oranges studded with cloves
Create a sort of tree of oranges studded with cloves. An original, colorful, and ultra-fragrant decor!
16. Garland of oranges and bay leaves
Dry orange or lemon slices to make a tasty-smelling garland.
17. Orange garlands
These citrus garlands will be perfect to decorate your interior or your windows at Christmas time and at the end of the year celebrations.
18. Hanging oranges and cloves
With your amber apples, make pretty garlands using the ribbon and wire.
19. Orange slices become Christmas balls
Dried citrus fruits can also be used as Christmas balls and garlands on the tree. This ensures you a 100% natural decor!
20. Christmas wreath and dried oranges
The Christmas must-have is undoubtedly the Christmas wreath. Here’s another idea: incorporate dried oranges.
21. Suspension of dried oranges
For a wreath of dried citrus fruits, also put dried leaves of aromatic plants for even more smells!
22. Fir branches and dried oranges
Create an original tree, ideal for small spaces by attaching slices of dried citrus to the branches.
23. Dried orange door frame
Decorations made with dried oranges or lemons are easy and can be installed anywhere in the house.
24. Mix the dried oranges and pine nuts
The other element to associate with dried oranges is pine nuts. Orange and brown go perfectly together!
25. Dried oranges in a potpourri
Obviously, oranges or in general citrus fruits from the winter season can also be used to make a Christmas potpourri.