Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?! This year seemed to just fly right by! This is my son’s second Christmas, so I am doing my best to be more intentional about creating new traditions to do with him. He helped me decorate the Christmas tree, we strung popcorn and cranberries while watching a Christmas movie, we have been baking everything, and last week we made a dried orange garland to hang in our dining area.
I have never done that before! But I kept seeing gorgeous photos of orange garland on Instagram and Pinterest and I finally decided that I wanted to do it! How hard can it be, right?
Well, I am happy to tell you that it is NOT very difficult, but it does take a little bit of time. So, put on a Christmas movie or some Christmas music and gather your supplies!
Orange Garland Supplies:
- Oranges (I used 3)
- Cutting board
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Essential oil (I used cinnamon!) This is optional.
- Oven (Yes, I used my oven, not a dehydrator! So anyone can do it!)
- Twine (or bakers twine)
- Yarn needle
Ok! Lets get started!
Before anything, set your oven to 250 degrees.
The first thing you have to do is cut your oranges into ¼ inch slices. This doesn’t have to be exact. Just make sure that the slices are not too thick but don’t make them too thin otherwise they will burn.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place your orange slices side by side on the paper. It doesn’t matter if they are very close to each other.
Before you place them in the oven, put your oil on them. Because I used cinnamon (it is a very strong oil), I used a toothpick to put only a small amount of oil on the orange. If you decide to use a different oil that is not as strong, feel free to just put a drop straight on your orange slice.
Ok, now you will put your orange slices in the oven. You should have already set it for 250 degrees so it should be nice and warm. I went ahead and did 2 cookie sheets at once. If you have to use 2 different shelves, just be sure to switch which one is on the bottom half way through.
Set a timer for 1 ½ hours! Sit down, watch a movie, have a dance party with the kids, eat some sugar cookies, do whatever 😉 Enjoy the yummy smell of the orange and cinnamon that will soon fill your house!
When the timer goes off, take out the cookie sheets (remember if one is on a lower shelf to switch it to the top).
Now you have to flip each orange slice in order to make sure they do not burn. Place it back in the over and set your timer again for 1 ½ hours.
(That makes the total dehydrating time for 3 hours, so make sure you plan for that before you begin.) It will NOT work if you try to speed up the time or do it at a different temperature. Set aside the 3 hours for it to dry. They should look like the photos below when they are finished.
When you pull your oranges out of the oven take your oil again and put another drop (or in my case the small amount on the toothpick) on each slice again.
Now let your oranges cool. I actually let them sit overnight to make sure they were nice and dry before I started to string them. (Also, sorry about my horribly chipped nail polish…haha).
Grab your yarn needle and twine and start to string your oranges! I put it through each orange twice so they would lay flat up against my wall but I have seen some people go through the orange once and that still looks just as pretty.
You can really do whatever you want with this. I was planning to add in a few pinecones in between orange slices but the 3 oranges ended up making a much longer garland than I thought it would.
But have fun with this. You can do just oranges like I did, you can add pinecones, you can do cinnamon sticks, or fresh herbs, or even small cuts from your Christmas tree!
Tie a loop at the end of each string so you can hang your garland.
Hang your garland and enjoy!
That’s it! It looks like a lot of steps and time, but really most of it is the dehydrating time. It was so fun to make and it made my house smell so good while it was in the oven! Now every time I see it, I can’t help but smile.
I do have to add that I didn’t really have my toddler help with this…since it involves knives and hot ovens and needles (haha, wow that made this sound very dangerous!). But he did love sitting at the table and eating the orange slices that I messed up. I also let him watch as I strung the oranges and we talked about what I was doing. Maybe next year he will be able to help a little more.
Well, that’s all. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions in the comments. And let me know if you decide to make it! Merry Christmas!
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