Our dried fruit wreath will not only add country charm to your home, but the aroma from the dried apples and oranges will create a welcoming scent for your holiday guests.

Materials and Supplies

Materials for Dried Fruit:

  • One or two apples
  • One or two oranges
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Sharp knife
  • Oven
  • Optional: cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg

Materials for Wreath:

  • Heart shaped grapevine wreath
  • Spanish moss
  • Dried apple and orange slices
  • Artificial fall colored berries
  • Raffia
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Craft Instructions

To Dry Oranges:

  • Slice oranges so they are approximately 1/4" thick.
  • Use paper towels to absorb as much of the juice from the slices as you can without misshaping or tearing them.
  • Place them on a cookie sheet in a single layer
  • Bake at 150o to 175o for approximately 6 hours with the door slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape.

To Dry Apples:

  • Slice apples so they are approximately 1/4" thick.
  • Soak apple slices in a mixture of two cups lemon juice and three tablespoons salt for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the mixture and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Spread apple slices on a cookie sheet and bake at least 6 hours at 150o to 175o with the oven door slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape.
  • Once apple slices start to curl, flip them over.
  • Optional: Mix 2 TBSP cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves and 1/2 tsp nutmeg together and sprinkle on one side of the apples before baking.
  • Note: The apple slices may seem thick, but as they dry out they will shrink.

To Assemble the Wreath:

  • Make a bow using anywhere from three to eight strands of 30" long raffia.
  • Lay dried apples and oranges along with Spanish moss, artificial berries and the raffia bow on the grapevine wreath.
  • Rearrange until you get an arrangement you are happy with then glue in place using hot glue gun.
  • If desired, you could collect little acorns and add them to your wreath.
  • To make a hook for hanging your wreath, cut a piece of wire approximately 4" long and attach it to the back of your wreath by threading the wire through either a piece of wire that is holding the wreath together or a couple pieces of the grapevine.  Twist the wire hanger to keep it in place.  A twist tie or pipe cleaner can also be used as the hanger if you do not have wire handy.


  • When arranging the dried fruit on your wreath, place the cinnamon side of the apples face down as they are less attractive.
  • When choosing apples to dry, choose a variety that is not to juicy such as Granny Smiths.

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