We’ve been obsessing over orange wreaths lately; they are perfect as an advent wreath on a table or hanging on a window or door.
This is the perfect activity for Advent. We created step-by-step directions for the perfect advent wreath.
You will need a wreath frame, floral wire, dried citrus fruit, pine branches, or other branches of your choice (we used Eucalyptus)
- Begin by getting oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits
- Cut them into thin slices; use a sharp knife or bread-cutting knife.
- Use a paper towel to dry some of the juice from the fruit
- Place the citrus fruit on baking paper and a rack
- Preheat oven to 110 C (230 F)
- Bake fruit for one hour and then turn around and bake for another hour. Make sure to watch the fruit carefully. If you feel like it's too hot, lower the heat. It is also possible to bake the fruit at 60-90C (140 F-194F) for 4 hours
- Take out fruit that is ready as you go along, as smaller fruit takes a shorter time
- Take the fruit out of the oven and let it cool
- Take your wreath frame and start cutting the branches to the size you want and start making small bouquets; wrap the wire around the bouquet and cover the frame. It’s cool to have different sizes of branches.
- Repeat this process until you have covered the whole ring, and don’t cut the wire
- Making a loop at the end is good for hanging up the wreath.
- Take the wire and cut it down into 4-5 cm long pieces (1.5-1.9 in)
- Put both ends of the wire through the dried fruit and twist around the wreath. You can add whatever decoration you’d like, for example, cinnamon sticks, dried flowers, etc
- Use wire to twist around other decorations or use a glue gun, flower glue, or plasticine clay