How To Make Nautical Christmas Wreaths Using Dried Orange Slices

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I made dried oranges for the first time last season, and now I am utterly obsessed with them! The process was easy, and it made my house smell like holiday magic. First, I used the dried oranges to garnish my homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, and I decided to use the leftover slices to make these nautical Christmas wreaths; and I’m going to be sharing the details with all of you!


Wreath form

(2) 75 ft packs of Cora’s Cotton Craft Cord

Hot glue gun

1 faux glitter Cranberry branch (with multiple stems)



Twine or cord

Dried Orange slices


Wooden Beads


Slice your oranges into thin strips. Make sure that you cut the oranges crossways if you want the segments. Discard the ends.

Blot any excess juice onto a paper towel or tea towel.

Place the slices onto a wire rack or directly on the oven racks.

Place in your oven at its lowest setting for 3 hours, turning once.

Remove the oranges from the oven and allow them to dry overnight.


  1. Secure cord to the wreath form using hot glue
  2. Wrap cord around the wreath form, pulling taught and sliding your cord, so there are no gaps as you go. Every so often, add a glue dot to secure the cord.
  3. When you run out of cord, hot glue the end of the first cord, match up the new cord and attach with hot glue. I like to smooth a bit of hot glue over the seam where I connect the two cord pieces to prevent fraying.
  4. When you get all the way around your wreath form, snip the end of the cord and add a dab of hot glue to keep it from fraying.
  5. Secure end onto wreath form using hot glue
  6. Cut 2 to 3 cranberry stems
  7. Arrange stems how you like them on the wreath
  8. Option 1 is to secure your stems using Burlap ribbon — Measure burlap ribbon and cut, so it fits around the stems and wreath. Secure the ribbon to the stems and then close the ribbon around the back of the wreath and secure using hot glue
  9. Option 2, which I decided to use this time, is to simply tie the stems on using twine, wrap the twine around a few times, tie a secure bow, and add a dot of hot glue. (I just liked the aesthetic of this option once I was working, and I’m only using these wreaths seasonally for myself, so I did not need the attachment to be “mail proof”)
  10. To attach the dried oranges, Insert twine through your dried oranges, close to the peel, and arrange the oranges in the pattern you like around the wreath. I added a dab of hot glue and also attached the peel to a piece of the greenery.
  11. Add additional greenery using hot glue if you want a fuller look.

How To Make A Beaded Wreath Hook

  1. String wooden beads onto a cord your desired length
  2. Wrap the cord around the wreath to measure
  3. Once you’ve beaded the length of the cord, leaving a little out at both ends
  4. Secure the beaded cord around the wreath. If you do not have a hook wide enough, the beaded cord will act as a hanger for your wreath.

For my purposes, I hung all three wreaths I made on a decor hook that I made this summer, so I did not need a wreath hanger.

I will be making a blog on how to create this decor hook soon, so stay tuned!

Nautical Christmas Wreaths with Dried Oranges

Raquel Phillips is a writer, digital creator, CPT, certified group fitness instructor, and entrepreneur. She is a wife and mother of 6 amazing children. She resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Raquel Phillips is a writer, digital creator, CPT, and group fitness instructor. She is a wife, and mother of 6 children. She resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

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