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December 1, 2016

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DIY | Simple Dried Orange Garland for Christmas

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Side note: from start to finish, this DIY takes a few days because of the orange-drying process. So, keep that in mind if you need them by a certain date for anything! Oh, and next time, I’m going to put a few drops of essential oil on the slices before baking, for some fragrance (as is, they don’t smell at all)

Dried Orange Garland DIY

Supplies

Oranges (or clementines or tangerines)
Baking sheet
Parchment paper
Paper towels
Cooling racks
Twine/yarn/string
Yarn needle
Scissors

Directions

1.Dry Oranges. 
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Slice oranges in rounds, about 1/4 inch thick. Blot dry with paper towels, and arrange on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 3 hours, flipping slices at least 3 times to bake evenly. The edges should be slightly browned. After 3 hours, remove from oven and place on cooling racks. Put aside (I left mine over our heat ducts) for 2-3 days, until completely dry. Patience is required here, because you want the flesh of the orange to be totally and completely try, otherwise it will rip when you stitch it.

2. Make Garland. 
Thread needle with your choice of twine. Then string orange slices onto twine. You want to make sure you make a complete stitch through the orange slices: take the needle in one side of the flesh of the orange, and out the opposite side. You need a complete stitch so the slices hang on the string correctly. When you have the length you need, cut string and tie a knot in each end to keep oranges from sliding off of the garland. Leave enough string after the knot to affix to your pine garland or Christmas tree, etc.

You can repeat the above for as many garlands as you like!

Five oranges gave me about 12′ of garland (two 6′ sections). As you can see, my oranges are spread out about 8 inches apart; you may like yours closer or farther apart. You know what I love most about this project? Besides slicing and baking the oranges (and a little help figuring out how to sew orange slices), Zoe was able to do it all by herself, which she LOVES. Apparently it was a bit exhausting though, because halfway through she stopped, said she was tired, and put her head down for a few moments. Be still my heart. <3

Let me know if you make these; I hope you ENJOY this festive addition to your home!

Looking for more handmade Christmas ideas? Browse all of our holiday posts and download our Intentional Christmas List.

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  1. Landen says:

    These photos are so lovely and Zoe is a little angel!

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  3. Sandra says:

    I have had mixed results with drying orange slices but yours look lovely, I have just added some of the successful ones to my Christmas wreath

    • Rebecca says:

      Oh no, what sort of results have you had? A friend said some of her oranges slices came out on the slightly-burned side. I’m thinking oven temperatures might be different, or some oranges less juicy than others (and thus, requiring less time in the oven)…you might want to try slicing them thicker, or lowering the oven temp (and watching them)! <3 Hope that helps!

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  7. Morgan says:

    Would a dehydrator work well for the project, or do you think it works best with the oven?

  8. Holly Le Riche says:

    Love how simple and organic looking this garland is! I couldn’t wait the 3 days for it to fully dry lol but it turned out great still! Maybe even better if I waited but I think it looks good! Thanks for sharing this.

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  11. Emma says:

    Wonderfully simple, natural and timeless idea. I am saving it for the coming fall/winter. The pictures are lovely and your child is an angel!

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    How long would the garland last for, is it something I could put into storage and use again the following year?

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    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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  19. Jana says:

    A dehydrator works very well for this, if you have one. I have an Excalibur and I love it! Our orange slices were done within a day and they are very vibrantly orange in colour…sometimes the oven method seems to make the oranges turn slightly brown. Your garland is beautiful! -love all your creations!

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