Aromatic orange decorations
These are well worth making for their amazing scent alone, but they are also beautiful hanging in well-lit locations where the light can shine through them.
Well worth making for their amazing scent alone.
Instructions: Preheat your oven to its lowest setting or max. 225 F/110 C/Gas Mark ¼. Slice the oranges thinly and place them on a wire rack in the centre of the oven for a few hours until they are completely dry. Wedge a wooden spoon in the oven door to allow the steam to escape.
Yummy garland of sweets
Don’t be surprised when you go to take this garland down if there is nothing left but empty wrappers – such a tempting festive decoration is irresistible to grown-ups and kids alike.
Instructions: Tie colorful, wrapped pieces of candy to a long piece of ribbon or string. Use it as a garland or instead of tinsel on your tree.
Fragrant herb wreath
Fir, pine and holly are all well and good, but a festive wreath you can use to flavor a soup or stew once the holidays are over is useful as well as decorative!
A festive wreath you can use to flavor a soup or stew.
Instructions: Tie sprigs of rosemary together with thread or wire. A wreath made entirely of rosemary is very attractive, but you can throw in a few sprigs of thyme if you want a bushier effect. Add a pretty ribbon at the top and hang it up.
Adorn with corn
These small, fluffy and snow-like decorations are perfect to hang on your more delicate houseplants.
Instructions: Pop some popcorn and use a needle to carefully pull a piece of thread through the best pieces. Then hang them up!
Sparkling sugar glitter
It’s easy to make your own edible glitter at home! The darker the color, the more sparkly the glitter, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Instructions: Pour approx. 3½ oz/100 g of granulated sugar into a glass jar with a lid. Add a few drops of food coloring (any color you want!), screw on the lid and shake as hard as you can until all of the sugar is completely coated.
Add a few more drops and shake again until you get the color you want. Before putting it in the oven, make sure the food coloring has not made the sugar too wet – the liquid might begin to boil.
Spread the sugar on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and dry it in the oven at 350 F/175 C/Gas Mark 4 for approx. 7–9 minutes. Be vigilant so the sugar doesn’t melt. If it lumps together when you take it out of the oven, crumble it with your fingers or a spoon.
It’s easy to make edible glitter
Sprinkle your edible glitter on cakes, gingerbread houses and cupcakes, or why not even on pancakes?
Best wishes for a happy, sweetly scented and delicious holiday!
Text and photos: Ida Köhler