How To Make a Dried Orange Garland

I’ve been so excited about Christmas this year, and wanted to create Christmas posts of the festive projects I’m planning to do this year! I”m a little later than usual, but I’ve had so much work lately that I simply haven’t had much time for action, but I’ve been planning and soaking in all the inspo for Christmas.

One of the Christmas craft projects I want to do is dried orange garland, they are so pretty and remind me of my childhood Christmases. It’s not a new idea, but I wanted to share it because I’ve never made it before and it was so easy and fun! It’s definitely something I’m planning to add to my Christmas prep traditions. As long as the orange slices are completely dry I think I think I can store these for until next Christmas too.

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DRIED ORANGE GARLAND

This DIY orange garland is really so easy to make I can’t believe it took me this long before I actually made one – I’ve always loved the way it looks. It’s perfect for hanging on fireplace mantle, on a cabinet or the Christmas tree, or use them to decorate your wrapped Christmas gifts! It takes a little bit of time but it’s well worth the effort. But if you don’t have a few hours to spare, you can also get ready dried slices from here! Store dried orange slices in a closed container or zip-loc bag in the fridge or dark cool space.

Ingredients

  • 2-4 oranges
  • Scissors
  • String
  • A needle
  • Baking sheet + baking paper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 75°C (170°F). Slice oranges into 5 mm thick slices.
  2. I made one baking sheet of orange slices which was about 3 small oranges, but it depends on the size of your oven and oranges how many you’ll need.
  3. Put the slices on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
  4. Bake for 5 hours or until completely dry, opening the oven door every now and then to let out steam. Turn the slices over several times during baking. The drying process may take longer than 5 hours, if you slices are thicker.
  5. Leave the slices dry in room temperature overnight.
  6. Thread the needle with string and make a stitch through each slice.

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