I love adding natural elements to my decor during the holiday season! Dried orange garlands add a touch of Scandinavian style and a fun pop of colour. They also make your house smell like citrus and only cost a few dollars to make! Here is a simple tutorial on how to make a dried orange garland.
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Dried orange garlands are so simple to make. You only need a few supplies, most of which you probably already have in your home! So let’s get cooking! Here’s what you will need to get started creating your DIY Dried Orange Garland!
You will need:
Preheat the oven to 225º F. I like to use the convection setting on my oven as it moves the air around more and I find I don’t necessarily need to flip the orange slices, but this is optional!
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
I set out three cookies sheets as I wanted to make enough orange slices to create a long garland as well as hang extra slices on Christmas trees around the house.
Slice oranges 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and place in a single layer on the cookie sheets.
Blot with paper towel to remove excess moisture and speed up the drying process.
Place in the oven and bake for approximately 3 hours at 225ºF or until the oranges start to turn slightly brown and dry.
You can flip the oranges about halfway through the baking process to help them brown evenly and dry on both sides.
Note: Not all ovens are the same and lots of readers have said that they’ve needed to set their oven to a lower setting to avoid burning the orange slices. You could start as low as 170ºF and see how it goes if your oven is on the hotter side!
Let the orange slices cool! They smell so good! I just let mine cool for a few hours right on the tray and then made my garlands. I figured they would just dry more hanging up. But if you wanted to, you could place them on a cooling rack and leave them out for a few days to make sure they were extra dry!
String the oranges onto clear fishing line. Poke the line through the flesh of the orange, not the rind!
You can string them close together, or leave 1-2 inch gaps as I did for a more minimal look.
The fishing line is invisible and makes the oranges look like they are floating! Use a string of oranges to trim a cedar or fir garland as I did above our kitchen sink!
Not everyone's oven is the same. You may need to set your oven at less than 250ºF to avoid burning your orange slices. 225ºF worked well for me, but lots of readers have said how they set their oven much lower...as low as 170ºF. It may take some trial and error to see what works for you. If you start at a lower temperature, it may take a little extra time for the slices to dry.
If you want to avoid your oranges twisting to the side, poke 2 holes in the fleshy part of each orange slice near the edge. String your line or twine from the back through the first hole and then down through the second hole to keep the oranges hanging straight.
If you store your dried orange garlands in airtight containers they will last for a long time. I have used mine up to a year later, however some readers say they have used theirs up to 7 years in a row!
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Here are the answers to some of the most common questions I’ve been asked about my dried orange garlands.
Dried orange garlands will last the entire season and beyond. This is another reason that they are such a great DIY. Not only are they cost-effective, but they will last the whole season unlike a lot of fresh or natural décor options.
You can keep dried orange garlands and reuse them year after year. Some readers have said they’ve kept theirs for up to 7 years! The trick is to store them in an airtight container. One reader also suggested spraying with hair spray on each side to help preserve them for longer.
I prefer to make my garlands fresh each year though as it’s so easy to do. You can compost the slices each year if you don’t want to keep them.
Dried orange garlands smell delicious as they are cooking and then they retain a slight aroma when they are dried. The smell is definitely not overwhelming, but they add a nice slightly woodsy citrus scent to your home.
You can definitely add spices to your dried orange garland. In fact, I’m planning to add some cinnamon to mine this year to test it out! I’ve also seen lovely garlands made with cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and other dried fruits like cranberries or grapefruit if you want to spice up your garland even more!
I usually have orange garlands at Christmas time or during the fall and winter as part of my holiday décor so I don’t find that they attract any bugs. If you have fruit flies in the house they might attract them!
There are so many things you can do with your leftover dried orange slices! See all the ways we use our leftover dried orange slices below!
If you don’t love DIY or you are short on time you can always buy a ready-made dried orange garland or orange slices! Etsy is my favourite place to shop for premade dried orange garlands! Amazon has a few dried orange options as well. I’ve linked a few favourite options below!
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