One of the ways to effectively and efficiently preserve fruit is to dry it. Once dried, the fruit can last for several months. Of course, instead of drying it for comsumption, you can also use the dried fruit as a decoration such as on a Christmas tree or table centerpieces.
Slice the apples and oranges into 1/4 inch slices crosswise and dip them into a solution of half lemon juice and half water.This will keep them from turning brown and will show off the pretty seed core. Lay them out in a dehydrator and dry according to the manufacturer's directions. Don't slice too thin or they will be too brittle.
Cut 6-inch sections of craft wire with a pair of wire snips. Poke one end through the top of the slices of fruit and then loop it up and twist the ends together. Add bits of colored ribbons tied in bows. These can now be hung on a Christmas tree.
String whole cranberries with a sewing needle and sturdy thread in 4 foot sections. Lay the whole string of berries in a dehydrator and dry for several hours. The strand can now be hung on a Christmas tree or use in wreaths without worrying about the berries molding.
Hot glue alternating slices of dried oranges and grapefruits to two strands of ribbon laying parallel with each other. Use them for decorations on Christmas presents or hang in windows to show off the colors.
Dip dried slices of dried apples, pears, and peaches into melted chocolate.Use as a decoration on cheese platters or holiday cakes.