When it comes to decorating for Christmas, I like to keep things simple and natural by using lots of greenery, berries, and citrus. I've always loved the look of garlands made with oranges and decided to make one for us this year. This DIY is simple, but time consuming due to the fact that the oranges can take several hours to cook and it's best if you can let them rest for a day or two to let them completely dry out.
Once they're dry and ready to be strung, it's a great activity to sit around and make with your friends or while you're watching TV, which is what I did.
I'm sharing some guidelines here because the drying method depends a lot on your oven and there's a ton of room for creativity when it comes to actually stringing the garland.
- Wax paper
- Cookie Sheets
- Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees.
- Line your cookie sheets with wax paper
- After your cookie sheets are lined and while the oven is heating, slice the oranges into circles about a 1/4 of an inch thick and place them on the cookie sheets.
- Place them in the middle and top half of your oven.
- Let them cook for an hour and than flip them and cook for another hour.
- After they cooked for an hour on each side, I checked and flipped mine every half hour to make sure they weren't burning or getting too brown.
- Remove thinner and smaller slices as they get done and place them on cookie racks to cool and finish drying out
- If you're cooking on more than one rack of your oven, watch the bottom rack as they will get done faster.
- I think my oranges took anywhere from 4-6 hours to cook depending on the thickness of the slices, so this is one of those projects you just have to keep your eye on.
- If you're using twine, you will need a needle with a larger opening like this one
- If you're wanting a garland like mine, you'll basically want to make a stitch like you see in the picture below. Thread the needle through the orange and than back again and slide it down the twine.
- Make your garland as long as you want and that's it.
- You can keep it super simple like I did here or you can get creative and add wooden beads, leaves, berries, or anything else you can think of between the oranges or you can thread them in a cluster. I've seen it done so many ways and they're all beautiful.
- I also threaded some to use as ornaments on our tree. I used the needle to make a hole by inserting it in the orange slice and moving it in a circular motion until the hole was big enough to thread the twine through. After I had the hole large enough I thread the twinge through, tied a knot, and added a hook.
Let me know if you guys make some ornaments or garlands for yourself! I'd love to see them!