I love citrus — namely clementines — and was so excited to buy my first crate of the season at the grocery store this past week. Curious how I could make the most of their cheeriness and beautiful fragrance, I searched for some easy and festive DIY citrus craft projects. I'm excited to try my first simmer pot, and to craft some handmade garland for my holiday gifts.
1. Make A Simmer Pot, Recipe from Katie Searle-Williams for Kinfolk: simmer citrus peels, herbs and spices on the stovetop to make your home smell cozy all winter long.
2. Orange Peel Garland, DIY from Spoons and Roses: string dried orange peel stars together to make a pretty garland. How sweet would be this garland be tied around brown kraft paper for holiday gift wrap?
3. Clementine Candles With Cloves, DIY from 17 Apart: Apartment Therapy reader Mary embellished Maxwell's clementine candle tutorial by adding dried cloves.
4. Homemade Citrus Ornaments
, DIY from Whole Foods: all citrus fruits work, so use a few different kinds for a variety of colors and sizes. You can also string the slices together with leaves and pinecones to make festive garland for your mantel.
5. Winter Citrus Wreath
, DIY from Design Sponge: weave together winter greens and fruits into a fabulous and fragrant winter wreath.
(Image credits: Leo Patrone for Kinfolk; Spoons and Roses; 17 Apart; Whole Foods Market; Maxwell Tielman for Design Sponge)