It's about that time to start prepping for the holidays and slowly mixing in some Christmas tunes while we fill our home with fragrant scents of baked goods. Before the time slips right by us this year, we wanted to share a simple, yet elegant decoration that you can put together to brighten your home with holiday cheer. We love adding natural elements into our Christmas decor and this Scandinavian inspired garland is the perfect touch.
Our dried orange garland will add a beautiful pop of color to your mantel, Christmas tree or entryways. We also recommend hanging this gorgeous garland across a window to create intricate patterns of light as the sun shines through.
Whenever you're in the mood to have a slow, relaxing day, set aside some time to bake and string together this beautiful golden decoration. It's a project that the whole family can do together.
Here's what you'll need to make the dried orange garland:
1. Navel oranges (about 4-5)
3. Paper towel
4. Cutting board
5. Cookie sheets
6. Parchment paper
7. String or twine
1. Preheat the over to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut the oranges at about .25" thickness.
3. Pat the orange slices dry with a paper towel to help them dry faster.
4. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper and lay out the orange slices.
5. Bake the orange slices for 2 hours on one side, then flip them and bake for another 2 hours. Be sure to check them every 15-20 minutes during the last hour to make sure they don't burn. Flip as needed.
6. Remove the orange slices from the oven when they are slightly golden brown and dry.
7. String the oranges together by poking the string through the fibrous part of the fruit.
The dried oranges can also be strung individually to be hung as Christmas ornaments or placed in a bowl for a beautiful centerpiece. Dried oranges can also be strung and combined with a natural pine garland for added texture and fullness. We enjoyed adding wooden beads to the ends for a more finished look.
With so many ways to adorn your home for the holidays, we can't wait to see what you do with this fun DIY decoration. Share your work with us below or tag @ashleyrose on Instagram to be featured.
Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season!
Photos by Gabriella Katalin Photography