Drying Orange Slices and Holiday Scents

Today I'm giving a new craft a try. I'm going to dry orange slices and show you just how it's done. When I'm finished I'll be adding holiday scents to make our home smell like Christmas! 

cut orange slices in a bowl with greens

This was a simple DIY project but took a bit of time. 

First, I sliced the orange into thin slices. 

I patted them slightly dry with a paper towel then laid them out on a cooling rack. 

I placed the cooling rack over a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and baked them on 200 degrees for 30 minutes. 

orange slices on a rack in the oven

After 30 minutes, I flipped the slices and put them back into the oven for another 30 minutes. 

I repeated this process 4 or 5 times until my orange slices looked nice and dry but not burned. 

The trick is to not cut your orange slices too thick. 

Now for decorating with them! 

bowl of orange slices

The oranges smelled good but not as fragrant as I would have thought. 

Please visit the bold red lettering in this post for more information on the products I used. 

I arranged the slices in a bowl with cedar sprigs and cinnamon sticks then (affiliate) sprinkled them with doTerra essential oils in Holiday Peace.

Holiday Peace was the perfect scent because it is a beautiful combination of three firs - Siberian, Douglas, and Himalayan - complimented by Grapefruit, Frankincense, and Vetiver. 

This calming scent made my home feel tranquil and serene; just what we needed this time of year. 

diffuser, orange slices and doTerra essential oils

In another bowl I once again arranged the orange slices, cinnamon, and greens but this time (affiliate) I sprinkled the arrangement with Frankincense essential oil. 

Frankincense, as you may know was one of the gifts brought to the baby Jesus. 

Perfect for the Christmas season! 

The Frankincense scent is a spicy scent that also has soothing and beautifying properties and is used to rejuvenate the skin. 

orange slices in a red bowl with the 3 wise men in the background

Baking orange slices is going to be the new family tradition in our home and adding doTerra Holiday Peace and Frankincense essential oils makes them even better! 

I made a DIY shelf to hold all my essential oils you can make yourself.

Also check out the garland I made with the finished orange slices! 

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bowl of orange slices, a diffuser and doTerra essential oils

Another fun thing to do is to add three or four drops of one of these beautiful holiday scents into a diffuser and let the mist fill your home with calming scents this season. 

doTerra diffuser, essential oils and orange slices

 (affiliate) This beautiful LaLuz doTerra diffuser makes a great gift for the holidays, choose your favorite oils, and add some dried orange slices to go along with it! 

It lights up while diffusing these beautiful scents in your home. 

Diffuser packaged box and essential oils

Here are a few more ideas for using Frankincense and Holiday Peace:

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening.
  • Apply Frankincense topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Massage Frankincense oil to the bottoms of feet. 
  • Apply one or two drops of Holiday Peace to a clay ornament to add a touch of festive spirit to the home. 
  • Create a spritzer with a few drops of Holiday Peace and mist your holiday decor for a grounding, woodsy scent.

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doTerra diffuser, oils and orange slices on a holiday board

Turn your orange slices into a beautiful garland by visiting this tutorial. 

orange garland hanging on a sign

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Orange slices, candle and creche

Disclaimer: doTerra provided me with the diffuser and the essential oils, all opinions are my own.

I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .