Going into the holidays, I knew there were some things that I wanted to do. One of these was to create my dried orange garland from scratch. Being only decently crafty, I knew that this was going to be a process of trial and error to figure out what works for me. If you are thinking about making your DIY dried orange garland, here is what worked for me!
What You’ll Need
- Oranges (DUH!)
- Twine or Fishing Line
- Cutting Board and Knife
- Cookie Sheet
- Parchment or Wire Rack
How to Create Your diy dried orange garland
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Using your knife and cutting board, slice your oranges about 1/4 inch.
- Using a paper towel or a dish towel, blot excess moisture from each orange slice. Front and back.
- Arrange orange slices onto your cookie sheet. Do not overlap your slices.
- Dry your orange slices for 3-4 hours in the oven.
- Blot your orange slices every hour and flip them over for even drying.
- Using a yarn needle or a sharp knife, create a hole in each of the orange slices.
- String your slices onto twine or fishing line and hang it up!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen my trial and error run with creating my dried orange garland. Here are a few things that I have learned along the way to make sure that you get it right the first time!
I found that drying mine for 4 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit was the perfect temperature. When I tried to do them at 250, they ended up burning and turning a super dark and unflattering brown. You may want to do a test run before you place all of yours in the oven if you want to reduce waste.
Another tip that you cannot skip is using a towel to absorb extra moisture. The first few times I tried this, I had a serious issue with my oranges being gummy. You should also leave your orange slices out for a few hours to help dry them out even further!