This Is How To Make A Christmas Garland With Dried Oranges

Are you familiar with the Scandinavian Christmas decor? One of the most famous is the Christmas ornaments gnomes. Another decoration coming from the Nordics is the Christmas garland with dried oranges. Such a garland is a simple way to add a cosy feel to your home. Plus, if you don’t like to exaggerate with many ornaments and Christmas lights, then opt for this one as it’s a minimal decoration.

A young woman making a Christmas garland with dried oranges

The good news is that making a garland with dried oranges is a simple, low cost and for the whole family DIY Christmas project. It’s an excellent way to decorate your home for the holiday season, yet next year’s as well. So, are you ready to learn how to make a Christmas garland with dried oranges? Let’s find out!

How to dry orange slices

You can get ready-made dry orange slices. Nonetheless, you can make them on your own as it is an easy DIY project, and the prep time doesn’t take more than 5-10 minutes. The whole process can take up a few minutes to 7 hours, depending on your following method. There are three ways you can dry your oranges; either using a dehydrator, your home oven or a microwave oven.

Using a dehydrator

A dehydrator can take a bit longer than the other methods. However, it’s the only way you have to do nothing, just to flip the slices once. Here’s what you need to do:

Needed materials:

  • Oranges 
  • A dehydrator
  • A sharp knife

Steps to follow:

  1. Slice your oranges, so they are about 1-2 cm in thickness. Note that the thickness they are, the less they need to dehydrate.
  2. Then, arrange the sliced oranges on the trays, ensuring that you leave some space between each slice for air circulation.
  3. Set the device to 135 degrees Celsius or the fruit or vegetable setting and forget about them for a couple of hours.
  4. After 2 hours, check them. It would also be good to flip the slices to the other side halfway through the drying process.

Your slices will take around 3-7 hours to dry completely, depending on their thickness. As soon as they dehydrate, let them cool down before using or storing them.

Using the oven

Or you can use your conventional oven, which is faster, and you get the same results. The main disadvantage is that you have to be there the whole time, watching the slices and flipping them over not to get burnt.

Orange slices drying in the oven

Needed materials:

  • Oranges
  • Baking sheet
  • Paper towels or lint-free cloth
  • Parchment paper
  • Serrated knife

Steps to follow:

  1. Preheat oven to 120 degrees Celsius and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the oranges 1-2 cm thick with a sharp knife and pat your thick slices with paper towels or a cloth to remove excess moisture. 
  3. Place them in a single layer on the baking sheet and let them bake slowly for about 2-4 hours, depending on the oven. You have to flip them over every 30 minutes.
  4. After the time has passed, check them. The slices will be ready when they are dry on both sides or if they have browned evenly. 
  5. When they are done, remove them from the oven, place them on cooling racks, and dry them at room temperature overnight.

Using the microwave oven

Needed materials:

  • A knife
  • A microwave plate
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Tongs
  • Oranges
  • Kitchen towels

Steps to follow:

  1. Cut the oranges about 1-2 cm thick and pat them with a kitchen towel to remove as much juice as possible.
  2. Next, lay five sheets of the kitchen towel on the microwave plate and place the orange slices on it, ensuring they don’t overlap.
  3. Then, place more towels on top of them and place the plate into the microwave. 
  4. Set the device on the defrost setting for 7 minutes and remove the plate when the time is up.
  5. Using the tongs, remove the slices from the plate and place them onto a wire rack. Get rid of the sheets that were underneath the slices.
  6. Lay five new sheets on the plate and place back the slices.
  7. Place the top sheets on top of the orange slices and put them back into the oven.
  8. Set the microwave again on the defrost setting for minutes.
  9. After the time has passed, remove the plate from the oven and check the slices. If they are soft and jelly-like, then they are ready, and you can place them on the wire rack to cool down. If they aren’t dry enough, put them back in the microwave and repeat the process for 2 minutes at a time until you get the desired dryness.

How to make a Christmas garland with dried oranges

Now that you have dried oranges, you are ready to make your garland. There are two ways; you can make a simple garland or a layered one. The process is similar to making a balloon garland. Let’s see how to make a DIY dried orange garland

How to make a simple Christmas garland or any garland for that matter

A Christimas garland with dried oranges decorating an old wooden shelf

Needed materials:

  • Dried oranges
  • Twine/ yarn/ string/ fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Steps to follow:

  1. Thread the needle with the twine of your choice and string the orange slices making a stitch. If you don’t have a needle, you can poke holes using a skewer. Then, tie the string to a toothpick and use it as a needle.
  2. Take the needle in one side of the flesh of the orange and out the opposite side. You have to make a complete stitch, so the orange slices hang on the string nicely. 
  3. When you have finished threading, cut the string and tie a knot in every end to prevent slices from sliding off the garland. Make sure you leave string after each knot to attach your dried orange slice garland to the rest of your Christmas decorations.

How to make a layered Christmas orange slice garland

A cute girls making a Christmas garland with dried oranges, twigs and cones

Needed materials:

  • Tassels
  • Waxed cotton string
  • Dried orange slices
  • Embroidery needle
  • Leaves
  • Wooden beads
  • Velvet ribbon

Steps to follow:

  1. Cut the waxed cotton string around 50 cm over the desired length of the garland.
  2. Then, thread one tassel first and tie a double knot to secure them.
  3. Add a couple of beads and tuck the hanging string under the beads or into the tassel head.
  4. Get the needle and poke a hole in the centre of an orange slice. Pull the string through. Do the same for six slices.
  5. Next, follow the same procedure with a few leaves.
  6. Add a bead and repeat the process. Just be sure that after every second, bead to make a double knot.
  7. Once you have finished your garland, add a few more beads and tie a double knot to form a loop. 
  8. Finally, cut some ribbons and make a bow on top of the beads.

FAQs

1. How long does dried orange garland last?

Dried orange garlands can last for up to 7 years, as long as you store them in airtight containers. Some bloggers also suggest spraying each side of the slices with hair spray.

2. Can I add spices to my orange slice garland?

Of course, you can! You can add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and other dried fruits, like cranberries and grapefruit. You can also add natural elements to your holiday season decor, like fresh greenery, pine cones or dried flower stems. 

3. Can I air dry oranges?

Yes! You can air dry orange slices; it will take, though, several days. Slice the oranges, place them on a baking rack to allow air circulation and let them air dry.

4. What else can I do with dried orange slices?

Dried oranges aren’t only for holiday decoration. You can also use them for more home decor ideas. You can make potpourri, add them to a wreath, use them as a garnish for drinks, make ornaments for your Christmas tree, decorate the holiday table, the fireplace or add them as a topper on gifts.

A Christmas garland made of branches, cones dried oranges on white background

Follow our simple tutorial and create a unique decoration for Christmas. A few oranges and twine are all you need. The bright side of this DIY project is that it’s reusable, and you can store it for next year. Merry Christmas to you all!

Coming next: How to make and decorate salt dough Christmas ornaments.

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