DIY: Dried Orange Holiday Garland



I love a good DIY décor project for the holidays, especially Christmas. All the spices and herbs correlating with the jolliest time of the year: fresh cut pine, cinnamon sticks, citrus melons, eucalyptus branches, and cloves. This dried orange garland will not only add a pop of vibrant color to your home, but the warm spicy and citrusy scent will infuse the air throughout your home, creating a cozy atmosphere. This DIY is extremely easy and there's a good chance you will already have most if not all the supplies in your home.


What you need:
Oranges (2-3)
A sharp knife
Parchment paper
Cookie sheet
String
Sewing needle, nail, or bobby pin

Start off by pre-heating the oven to 250 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. While the oven is warming, use a sharp knife to cut the oranges into thin slices cross-wise, and be sure that each slice is no larger than 1/-inch thick. Pat the slices dry with a towel and lay flat on the baking sheet. Bake for about 3 hours, or until oranges are dehydrated but not burnt. Halfway through the baking process, flip oranges over to ensure they dry flat. Once the oranges are completely dehydrated, let them sit out to cool. Next, grab the string and cut out a length to make the garland. I used about 3' of string, but you can make it as long or as short as you'd like. To make the garland, poke two holes at the top of each orange slice. I used a bobby pin for this, but a nail or sewing need works too. Thread the string through the holes, spacing the oranges evenly from one another. Continue threading the oranges through until all of the slices are hanging from the string, and tie a knot at each end of the string. You can hang your completed garland on your Christmas tree, or hang it in front of the window or mantle. You can even save a few extra orange slices for Christmas gift top decorating. This is a great DIY for adding a cozy and natural touch to your holiday décor.





5 comments

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  2. This is so great, and looks really beautiful as a decor xo

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  3. Such a clever idea! I love the idea of having the sweet smell of oranges in the house and an cute garland to go with ☺
    Katja xxx
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  4. I want to do this just for the smells.... Looks amazing!

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