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How to make dried orange garland

Dried oranges add a pretty touch of color and natural vintage feel to any Christmas decor. You can put orange garland in the tree, hang them as ornaments or include them in garland or gift toppers. Come make some dried orange garland with me today!

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

This year my middle child insisted our tree be “handmade.” And by insisted, I mean he marched in with his paper and popsicle ornaments chanting “liberty! liberty!” with his sister. (Keep in mind they have their own little Walmart trees to do whatever they like with!) I didn’t have any great ideas this year, so I went with it …

Until I just couldn’t take the pipe cleaner creations anymore. Haha! I told them we’d still make everything for the tree, but maybe not include things like a sticker from electrical tape. Just a thought. And they were good with that. So we got busy creating!

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas tree ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

We’ve done one thing for the tree each day after school. First we strung cranberries. They’re so pretty! And then the oranges. Last night we made paper snowflakes. Today might be stringing popcorn! I like that we keep adding.

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas - cranberry garland
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

How to make dried oranges

Materials

  • 6 large oranges
  • cookie sheet
  • cooling racks (optional)
  • needle
  • ribbon or string

Instructions

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

1.Slice oranges as thinly and uniform as possible. You can use a mandoline slicer if you have one.

I used six oranges total. Only three would fit on my small cooling racks at a time, so I did two rounds for several long strands of garland.

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

2. Dry the oranges with paper towel to get off excess juice and speed up the drying process.

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

3. Arrange the slices on a cooling rack if you have one. If not, you can place them right on the baking sheet, flipping every hour.

The process is faster with the cooling rack as it allows hot air to move underneath the slices.

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

4. Bake the slices at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours.

TIP: You can keep garland that is thoroughly dried for a couple years. However, I will not be storing mine for next year because I doubt they would hold up in a hot Florida garage. So I baked these for a little over three hours to keep the bright orange color. To store them I would have had to bake them longer.

5. String oranges with a needle and ribbon or twine.

I found the ribbon to be easier because it didn’t fray. You can tie a loop around the top to hold it in place. See video below.

How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas
How to make dried orange garland - vintage Christmas ideas

Have you ever dried oranges before? This was my first time and I will definitely do it again! Adds a pretty vintage feel and smells so nice.

Here’s the one-minute how to video!:


How to make dried oranges - Christmas crafts, vintage ideas, DIY ornaments
How to make dried oranges - Christmas crafts, vintage ideas, DIY ornaments

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