We might not have our Christmas tree yet (part of this weekend’s agenda), but we’re slowly filling up our home with Christmas cheer! This week, Zoe and I worked on a Simple Dried Orange Garland, and had so much fun together working on this DIY project! It is so simple, and I want to make 5x more to hang them on the tree! We love making Christmas time with our children extra special and intentional; here’s a list of our favorite 20 activities.
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)
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!
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