from week ending January 11, 1998
Design and Instructions by Diana Trupiano
This is a very simple and inexpensive project that anyone can make with just a few simple supplies.
If you don't have access to a food dehydrator, your regular
oven works just fine. Simply lay out your fruit slices on a
cookie sheet and place in a 150o oven. Check every 4
to 6 hours and remove when the desired effect has been achieved.
Fruit - apples, red or green; oranges; grapefruits, lemons, limes
assorted dried flowers and foliage
silk or metallic ribbon
Alleene's Thick Designer Tacky Glue
misc. trims, pearls, beads, etc. of your choice
thin twine or ribbon for garland (optional)
Prepare fruit for drying: wash each piece and remove any
stickers or labels, wipe dry.
Slice fruit approximately 3/8" thick. NOTE* The
way you slice the fruit will determine your finished project
design. Slicing apples vertically (stem to base) will give you
fewer slices, but each slice will retain the apple shape. Slicing
horizontally will reveal a star pattern at the center. This is
highly desirable for stringing into a garland to hang on a mantle
or door frame, etc.
Dry fruit as directed above. This can take from 10 to 24 hours
depending on the method used, and humidity and climate of your
location. OPTION** I prefer to seal each slice after drying with
clear acrylic sealer. This makes the ornaments store better. For
storage, wrap each ornament individually in acid free tissue
before packing away.
The rest is up to you. Simply glue greens, dried flowers,
ribbons, trims, etc. to either the center, top edge, or entire
circumference of your fruit pieces. It's that easy. There are
endless possibilities as to how many variations you can create!
For individual ornaments, make a loop of ribbon or other trim,
and glue to the top back of each piece.
For a garland, start with a piece of twine or ribbon the
length of your finished area plus 1 yard. String your fruit
slices going through the front left side (about ¼ down from the
top) across the back and out the right side. Tie a knot close to
the front surface of the fruit slice on each side to secure.
Continue with all the slices you want until you have the desired
length, (the extra yard of string makes up for the loss in length
from the knots tied to secure the fruit slices). Tie a small loop
in each end for hanging, trim off excess twine or ribbon.
Embellish with anything you please to give a casual, country or
For a wreath, either glue slices to a cardboard shape (circle, heart, etc.), or trim and bend a coat hanger into desired shape and "thread" fruit slices onto wire. Apples work especially well for this. Dry apple slices until leathery. Tri fold slices and tread onto wire. This makes a "gathered lace effect" and looks wonderful with a ribbon loosely wrapped around the entire wreath, and tied in to a frilly bow at the top. These are very inexpensive to make and sell well at bazaars!
These items can be adapted for any Holiday, or occasion. Use
your imagination to design a different ornament or wreath for
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