Hello, my dear friends! Happy Monday to you all. And a happy Christmas Eve Eve as well!!! In today’s blog I wanted to share with you a little project that I did over the weekend.
This holiday season I’ve seen so many Instagram posts where people were making garlands out of dried oranges and it inspired me to make one myself!
It’s very easy to do, although I will note that it is quite time consuming.
What I Used
Two naval oranges
First things first, preheat your oven to 175 degrees.
After that, cut up all of your oranges. The thinner you slice them, the faster they cook. They also shrink quite a bit while they’re in the oven, so I would probably cut them a little bit thicker than you think they need to be.
After the oranges were cut, I set them atop my cooling rack. You’ll want to have the cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. Sort of like a pyramid — oranges, cooling rack, baking sheet.
When the oranges are in the oven, set your timer for thirty minutes. When the timer goes off, flip the oranges. I ended up having them in the oven for just under four hours, so eight flips in total. It all just depends on the thickness of the oranges, your oven, and how dried you want them.
Once the oranges were sufficiently dehydrated, I took a heavy duty sewing needle and threaded it with fishing line. Although I think that using twine would look super cute as well! There really is no right or wrong way to do this project.
And once all that is done, you just have to find a cute place to hang it! Bobby and I hung ours up over our bed, but if you had a fireplace, I think it would look SO cute there. Or perhaps over a kitchen window… Or maybe hanging a couple of strands vertically on the living room wall… The possibilities are endless!!!
I hope that you enjoyed this little craft!
Thank you so much for reading!