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Decorating our home for Christmas has been a slow process this year. Peter is much more active these days (he is very close to crawling!) and when he is awake activities like decorating just don’t happen! I’m pleased to say that we are almost done decorating, all that is left for us to do is to hang our ornaments and our stockings!

The other day I was able to make a Dried Citrus Garland to hang in our home, a project that I have wanted to do for the past few weeks. I saw one last month and thought it was so unique and beautiful! These cold December days are brightened by citrus season. I used oranges for my garland, but you can use any citrus you would like! The more variety of grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and limes you use, the more beautiful!

I had so much fun making this garland! You can almost taste the tangy-sweet fragrance of the oranges as they bake. It is an easy project, a perfect one if you have six-month old! It takes only a few minutes to prepare the citrus, and just a few moments to assemble the garland. The result is a festive fruit decoration that brightens the home and the heart!

Dried Citrus Garland

Here’s What You Will Need

oranges (or your choice of citrus)
cutting board
paper towels
parchment paper
baking sheet
ribbon or cooking twine

Here’s How To Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Slice oranges with knife on a cutting board. Slices should be approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Pat slices dry with paper towels.
  5. Arrange orange slices on baking sheet, making sure not to overlap.
  6. Bake oranges for three hours, flipping them midway to ensure an even bake.
  7. Take oranges out of oven and cool for fifteen minutes.
  8. Using a knife, make two slits on either side of each orange slice.
  9. Thread ribbon or cooking twine through each hole. Repeat this step until all oranges are hanging on your garland.
  10. Evenly space out the oranges on the ribbon or cooking twine.
  11. Knot a loop on both ends of garland.
  12. Hang your beautiful citrus garland in a special place for all to enjoy!


Parchment And Citrus


Orange Garland

Tis The Season

Christmas Citrus Garland

– C

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