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Dried Orange Garland

I'm always trying to find décor that transitions beautifully from one season to the next - specifically fall into winter. It cuts down on the expense of having 2 different seasons to style for and also saves on time because there is less to take down and redo. When I find something I can also make myself, that is a major bonus!

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This week is my beautiful mama's birthday and I thought, what better way to celebrate with her than to do a little crafting together?! My mom has a real gift for décor and DIY. We don't always see eye to eye on style - she leans toward a country aesthetic, I'm more contemporary. But her talent is undeniable when it comes to creating a stunning centerpiece arrangement or a gorgeous front door wreath.





This delicate dried orange garland works well in both of our worlds and I'm so excited to include it in my holiday décor this year! And can I just tell you, the smell it absolutely incredible! You can easily make this garland in an afternoon. Having a hot cup of coffee and someone to chat with is a great way to pass the time while the oranges dry.


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what you need

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how to make it


Preheat oven to 200.





Cut your oranges 1/4 inch thick and lay out in a single layer on parchment lined baking sheets. UPDATE: I baked them on wire racks and this helped them to dry faster.





Pat oranges with a dry paper towel to absorb any moisture.




Bake for 2 hours or until the oranges turn slightly brown. I checked on them every half hour and rotated my baking sheets so that they dried evenly. Note, if your oranges are thinner they will brown faster, so keep an eye on them!




Let them cool on a baking rack and string with fishing line or twine. *note - I found that it helped to let them sit out overnight and string them the following day. They were less sticky.





I made 2 strands of garland for my home - one for my mantle and one to add to the greenery above my kitchen window. I love how they turned out! I love the combination of the 2 types of oranges. It gives the garland great contrast in size and color. Blood oranges would look stunning too!



 

For more garland inspiration, check out these posts!



 


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frequently asked questions


do I need to spray my oranges?

I have never sprayed mine and they hold up just fine!


do they attract fruit flies?

I have also never had an issue with any type of bugs with my oranges. Just make sure your slices are thoroughly dried out.


How should I store my slices?

I store my garlands by hanging them over the end of one of our wire storage racks in the basement. For loose slices, store them in a container in a cool dry place. But make sure they've been dried and in the open air for quite a while before storing!


Will the oranges darken?

I have noticed that the oranges I made 2 years ago have darkened to a pretty brown tone, which I will still use. But I will definitely make some fresh ones for that gorgeous pop of color every year because they're so easy to make! The image directly below is of freshly dried slices. The photo below that has oranges that air dried for over a year.





What DIY projects do you have planned for the upcoming holiday season? If you're looking for more holiday inspiration make sure to start here! And, Happy Birthday Mom! Thank you for supporting me in everything I strive to do. I love you so much! Make sure to subscribe at the bottom of the page to receive email updates when new posts are published! And don't forget to follow along on Instagram for more easy DIY's, home styling tips, and a peek inside our every day life!


xoxo, L





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Guest
Aug 20, 2023

To your beautiful mama and all other beautiful ladies out there, a reminder to wear a cut-proof glove or the food holder (or both, like me) to slice fruits and vegetables safely when using a mandoline. I speak from experience 🫣

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brittani.beckmann
Dec 08, 2022

Where did you get those copper ornaments?! They are beautiful!

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Cheryl Lewman
Cheryl Lewman
Dec 06, 2021

Super easy and looks great on my mantel!

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yearbookfairygodmother
Nov 29, 2021

Do these smell citrusy once they're dried?

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The Rural Legend
The Rural Legend
Nov 29, 2021
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they're not as potent as you would think, but they definitely smell good! I have had mine for over a year (let them airdry hang in the basement off-season) and there has been no mold or residue. They are still just as beautiful!

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The Rural Legend
The Rural Legend
Nov 20, 2020

Thank you so much, Elaine! I think I do too!

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