Kitchen Finds Ornament Tutorial

We have reached the final day of the Christmas ornament takeover week. It’s been so fun making all of these one of a kind ornaments. If you haven’t seen the ornaments I’ve been making this week, you can catch up by clicking on one of the links below.

Stamped Wood Ornaments

Marbled Clay Ornaments

Bohemian Arrow Ornaments

Mossy Pinecone Ornaments

I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts now that I thoroughly enjoy creating things out of materials that I already have on hand. So why wouldn’t I make a ornament using things that are found in my very own kitchen. Chances are you’ve got quite a few things in your kitchen or pantry that can be turned into ornaments no problem!

Seeing as I love citrus fruits and cinnamon, I figured it was very appropriate to turn both of these things into awesome ornaments for my Christmas tree!


  • Oranges & Lemons
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Twine

Dry 'em:

Since the citrus fruits are what’s going to take the most time during this tutorial, we’ll start with those! 

Cut your lemons and oranges into small centimeter thick slices. You can cut them a little thinner if you would like but try not to make them any thicker! The thicker they are, the longer they will take to dehydrate. 

Once your citrus is sliced, place them on the baking rack in your oven. You are going to want to bake these for about 2 hours at 220 degrees F.

You'll know they're done when they have little to no shine and look very, very dry!

Hang 'em:

Using your twine or festive ribbon tie a little knot around your orange and lemon slices. You may want to poke a small hole in the top of the fruit using the tip of a knife to make the process easier.

Hang the cinnamon:

Since we want our cinnamon sticks to stay in a little bundle, you may need a little hot glue for this next step. If you can't get your sticks to stay together long enough to tie them, place a small dot of hot glue on each cinnamon stick.

Place your sticks on a looped piece of twine or ribbon. Pull the loose ends through the little loop and tighten it. Double knot where your twine meets your cinnamon sticks. You can add a little more glue to the end of the knot for added security!

Design alternatives:

Like many of my other tutorials, the possibilities are endless with this one. Just look around to see what you already have on hand in your kitchen. Cut up that grapefruit or apple that you don't plan on eating. Maybe hang some whole cloves or star of anise on your tree. 

I hope you all really enjoyed some of the tutorials I have been sharing with you this week. They're all relatively easy and cost very little money (if any). Send me a quick email letting me know if you decide to try any of the ornament tutorials out! You can find my email address in the ABOUT tab at the top of the page.

Happy Holidays!

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