The most wonderful time of the year is finally here. It’s time to trim the tree, stuff the stockings, and eat all the sugary treats! I’ve been getting excited for this holiday season for a couple of months now (let’s be honest, since the end of last holiday season). It’s my first Christmas in this new apartment and I’m so eager to get decorating and filling this space with holiday cheer! This year I have decided to switch a few things up. Usually I am all about fresh greens: trees, garlands, wreaths, you name it. With 2020 continuing to test our limits, I decided to go the easy/low maintenance route of artificial (almost) everything. For starters, it’ll save me money in the long run by not buying fresh each season, and secondly, it will save me tons of time when it comes to caring for and cleaning up. When choosing to bring in artificial bits and pieces, I still wanted my decor to feel fresh and authentic. Pinecones, dried florals, and my newest obsession, dried citrus, help draw the eye to low maintenance natural elements that distract from ever thinking they are accenting anything other than garlands and trees found in nature.
Not only do dried orange slices bring a fresh (inviting smelling) element to your decor, but they also add a beautiful pop of color. I planned to keep my decor very neutral and simple this year. Forest greens, warm burgundy, natural creams, and wood tones accent every section of my home. Adding in this warm toasty orange was the perfect finishing touch. To top it all off, this garland couldn’t be simpler. Follow the directions below to make your own dried orange garland!
DIY Dried Orange Garland
Fresh oranges (1 Medium orange = approximately 1ft of garland)
Yarn, twine, any other material to string of your choice
Preheat the oven to 200°F.
Slice the oranges with a serrated knife to about 1/4in thick. You want the orange to be thin enough so that it will dry evenly but not so thin that it may lose its shape.
Place a baking/cooling rack on top of a baking sheet (you may also put the slices directly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper).
Line the rack with your orange slices. Slices will shrink a tiny bit, so it’s ok if they are touching or fairly close together.
Bake for 2 hours, flipping halfway through. Check in with them halfway through the second hour. Very thin slices may cook faster than others.
Remove from the oven when edges are slightly browned and the pulp sections thoroughly dried.
Cool orange slices.
String with needle and thread for a “barely there” strung effect, or with twine, yarn, or the material of your choice!
Display on your mantle, string on the tree, lace through your tablescape, and enjoy!
This project is super simple. For the first hour plus, the oranges need little attention. If your slices aren’t so uniform (don’t worry, mine weren’t either) you may need to check in on the thinnest slices a bit earlier than the two hour timer. When baking, I found some were done quickly, some right on time, and some a bit longer. You may bake at a higher temperature (I also tried 250°F) to speed things along but found that low and slow at 200°F provided the best results. I liked baking mine on a rack on a baking sheet as I felt it provided the most even drying. When stringing your garland, set a few slices aside to add to wrapped gifts for a natural touch! For more variation or a different color palette, try various citrus! Blood orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, would all make lovely additions to your personal holiday color palette. If you choose to make this garland, be sure to tag me on instagram so I can see! @tylerpo.interiors
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