Contributing Monkie V Ol Blak
Published on December 29, 2010
Photographer V Blak
It’s the same story every year. December just seems to creep up on me. What it’s Christmas again? How did that happen and where the hell are all the Christmas lights and ornaments? Yeah, this year, somehow I have lost everything and instead of buying glass ornaments from Target, (made in China of course) we decided to go fruity. Thats right, we reached into the fruit bowl and pulled out a little Christmas cheer.
My special Christmas guest and myself, created our fruity natural theme using Oranges, Limes, a dehydrator and some fresh Cranberries. Think about it, when you slice an orange, the fruit wedges have a glass like look. The light passes right on through. When you hang them on the tree with Christmas lights, the effect is very pretty. We even took the process one step further, by dying the limes in a beet juice soup. We ended up with Orange colored orange slices and red lime slices.
This project was simple and actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. If you have an oven or a dehydrator, you too can go fruity next year. Here is what we did. (instructions after the jump)
Instructions for going fruity with Oranges and Limes! You will need four oranges, two limes, a fresh beet, and some type of natural twine. These are the amounts we used. You of course can go crazy and slice up as many oranges and limes as you want.
1. Slice up your oranges and limes in to thin circles. Cut down the center from the stem. You want to end up with thin circles which show off the wedges inside.
2. Cut your Beet into 1 inch cubes and boil in two cups of water for a 5 minutes.
3. Take your Beet water off the stove and let cool completely, then pour into a bowl.
4. Now add your Lime wedges to the room temperature Beet water, soak for around an hour. (this is to color the limes red). Keep soaking until desired color is reached.
5. After the hour soaking take the limes and oranges (not soaked in beet juice) and place them in your dehydrator for 5 to 8 hours. We are just looking to dehydrate them, so as soon as that happens, take them out. If you don’t have a dehydrator, use an oven at a low setting and leave your door adjure. Maybe around 200 degrees or what ever the lowest setting is on your oven.
6. Now that your fruit is dry, take a pair of scissors and punch out the center which fiber area of the orange and limes.
7. Using the natural twine, thread a 6 inch long strand into the center hole. Take the two ends of the twine and tie them together, creating a loop. This is how you will hang your fruit on the tree. I tied a simple slip knot.
Instructions for going fruity with Cranberries! Buy three or more bags of fresh Cranberries and some decorative thin wire. We used a red colored 24 gauge floral wire which cost about $5.
This is really simple. No need to dehydrate the cranberries. Just string your wire through the center of each berry, creating a chain of berries. Your wire should only be around 3 to 4 feet long. Any longer seemed a little too long and challenging to control. With 3 bags of cranberries we covered our 8 foot Christmas tree.
When you finish a 3 foot strand of berries, tie a small loop in the wire at each end. This prevents the berries from sliding off and you can connect your strands if you want after they are on the tree.
Well that is it. A very simple, cheap and best of all really pretty stunning. We kept it simple, but if you have the time and energy, why not go for it and add twine bow’s, pine cones and other natural things. And if you went natural this year, let us know… post a photo. We would love to see your creative ideas. Happy holidays from G Living!