For some reason, this is the year I decided to try some new holiday DIYs (ok, we all know why I decided to do it this year.) I’ve made a few wreaths and ornaments over the years, but that’s pretty much the extent of my DIY holiday decorations. After seeing a few pictures of really pretty citrus garland, I decided that would be what I would attempt to make this year.
It might seem daunting, but after I got the hang of drying the oranges the rest was pretty simple. I picked up a couple of packs of wooden beads to use and chose to string my garland together with jute twine.
How to Make a Citrus Garland
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Slice your oranges (you can also use grapefruits or lemons) about 1/4 inch thick and lay them in single layers in between paper towels to soak up some of the juice.
- Place the orange slices in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake the orange slices for about 3 hours, turning them every 30 minutes to help them cook evenly. Pay close attention during the last 10 minutes, they’ll start to darken pretty quickly.
- Let the oranges cool completely on a cooling rack.
- Use a skewer to poke holes through the oranges, then string them onto the twine. I also added a few wooden beads in between each citrus slice.
- I added a drop of Christmas essential oil to each slice. This isn’t necessary, but it smells nice!
*I tied a loop at the beginning and end of the twine so that I could easily hang the garland from hooks. I also created a video of the process, which you can see here if you need to see the process.
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