See how to make a DIY Dried Orange Garland as a holiday decoration this year!
If you have not tried drying oranges for holiday decor, you must give this a try! We have been making this garland for the past few years and finally took some pictures of how to make this DIY Dried Orange Garland for you.
There is something so pretty about using natural elements in holiday decor. The deep orange color almost has an ombre effect when you use different types of citrus.
How to make a DIY Dried Orange Garland
A few tips that will make the process so much better:
- Slice oranges 1/4 inch thick, even a little thinner if you like
- Use a good knife for slicing, this will keep the orange slices good and round
- Use a rack on the baking sheet
- Make sure and pat the slices down to get some of the moisture out before baking
- Wood beads
- Baking sheet with rack
- Paper towels
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Slice oranges, grapefruits, etc about 1/4 inch thick. You can also slice a bit thinner as well.
- Place the slices on a towels to remove some moisture. Pat the tops of slices with a paper towel. Removing moisture from hte oranges will help the drying process.
- Bake at 200 degrees for up to 2.5 - 3 hours. Make sure and check the slcies throughout process.
- Remove frm oven when dried out. You do not want the orange slices to have any moisture as they will mold.
- Use an embroidery needle and bakers twine to string wood beads and orange slices to create the garland. You could even add some cinnamon sticks to the garland as well as bay leaves.
- Hang on the tree or on a wall for decor.
You can add the garland to Christmas tree or hang on the wall above a credenza with holiday decor. We also love to use the dried orange slices as gift toppers. Add some fresh greenery as well.
Add some dried orange slices to a fresh wreath! We also use the dried oranges to make ornaments. Simply thread twine through the top of the orange slice, add a few wood beads and tie at the top.
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What type of oranges work best to dry?
Naval oranges in our opinion work really well. The design of the orange is so beautiful. Smaller grapefruits are so pretty as well. They dry to a dark pink color. Clementines are a sweet look as well.
More DIY Holiday Decor Ideas
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