Dried fruit ornaments will look great on your Christmas tree. Or better yet, decorate a tree outside for the birds. Not only will these Christmas food crafts make great ornaments, but the birds will enjoy a winter treat.
What you'll need:
Fruit: apple, pear, lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit
Thin ribbons: red, gold, green, white
Dried flowers and greens
Tools: cutting knife, cutting board, wire cooling rack, cookie sheet, oven,
scissors, toothpicks, tacky glue (nontoxic)
Have an adult help you when using a cutting knife and the oven!
To make Dried Fruit Ornaments:
- Have an adult cut the fruit into 1/8-inch-thick slices.
- Lay fruit slices on cooling rack. Place rack on cookie sheet in 150 degree oven for about 4 hours, turning each slice over after 2 hours. When fruit has dried, remove the fruit from the oven and cool.
- Squeeze a small puddle of glue at the top of each fruit slice. Place each end of a 6-inch length of ribbon in the glue, and press the ends in the glue with the point of a toothpick.
- Cover ribbon ends with dried greens and flowers, adding more glue if necessary. Set aside to dry.
This Christmas you can help with decorations by making some of your own. Your parents will surely appreciate your help. Keep reading for a useful gingerbread house.