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Sweet Smelling Ornaments for a Natural Noel

This year, finding eye-catching, affordable Christmas ornaments doesn’t have to feel like searching for the Eternal Fountain of Eggnog. (Oh, it’s out there…)  But an easy, natural solution to tree trimming is as close as nearest the produce section! We admit, sometimes the "smell of Christmas" can be about as subtle as a dip in a vat of aftershave, and the hunt for a more muted fragrance can be equally daunting. That's why when we came across this project from younghouselove.com, we couldn’t wait to show you their simple solution! If you’re as excited about the Elf Week Glitter Gala as we are, you’re probably spinning garland in anticipation at this very moment. But with homemade dried citrus ornaments, you’ll get the added benefit of aromatically accenting that Christmas tree smell without overpowering it.

   

Here’s how...

• Cut citrus (lemons, limes or oranges ) into quarter-inch slices. • Bake in oven on a cookie sheet for 2-3 hours at 225 to 250 degrees, checking often to be sure nothing’s burning. It helps to crack the oven door from time to time to release a bit of the built-up heat to encourage drying as opposed to singeing. • When fully dried, remove from the oven and cool. • Place on silver ornament hooks and hang. Arrange the ornaments about an inch in front of the individual bulbs of your tree lights for a pretty “glowing” effect. There you have it! Natural ornaments with a refreshing subtle scent for your holiday home.
Photos and instructions courtesy of: younghouselove.com


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