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How to Make Dried Orange Garland for the Holidays

This year dried oranges seem to be everyone’s favorite holiday decor accessory and I am HERE for it! I happily hopped on this bandwagon and made some dried oranges of my own! Today I am sharing my tutorial on how to make dried orange garland. As a bonus, I am sharing three additional ideas when decorating with dried oranges for the holidays!

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

This decor is not only beautiful but made with natural materials that can be composted and recycled right back into the earth. It is also a great DIY for beginners or a fun project to do with the kiddos during Christmas break. Let’s get started!

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

How to Make Dried Orange Garland | DIY

Step 1 | Cut the Oranges

Determine the length of your garland and the spacing of the orange slices. Cut enough orange slices based on the length of your garland.

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

I cut 4 oranges with slices about 1/3 inch thick. Slices too thick will make it difficult to dry out and slices too thin can burn the oranges.

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

Place parchment paper on the cookie sheets and spread the orange slices on the sheets.

Step 2 | Bake the Orange Slices

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

Set your oven to its lowest temperature. The lowest for mine was 170 degrees. Place the oranges in the oven and set the timer for 45 minutes and flip the slices over. Continue cooking the slices and flipping them every 45 minutes until the slices are completely dried out. It can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on your oven and temperature – it took me 4 hours.

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

Step 3 | String the Orange Slices Together

With the dried orange slices, you will begin to string them together.

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

I pulled open one side of a paper clip and tied the butcher string to one end. You can decide how closely you want your oranges to sit next to each other on the string.

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird
How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

Enjoy Your Dried Orange Garland!

You now have a festive, natural garland to decorate for the holidays!

How to make dried orange garland and decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

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Bonus | Three Alternative Ways to Decorate with Dried Oranges

Holiday Wreath

Take one or two slices and attach them to your holiday wreath. I added a magnolia leaf, cinnamon sticks, and a single orange slice to my holiday wreath this year.

How to decorate for the holidays with dried oranges | Building Bluebird

Wrapping Presents

Using that same butcher’s twine, wrap it around a present a few times and attach an orange slice and tree trimmings. This gives a present that added flair to really look special.

How to decorate for the holidays with dried oranges | Building Bluebird

Orange Slice Ornaments

Use any leftover dried oranges to decorate your tree! This is such a fun and simple way to fill your tree and add some color.

How to decorate for the holidays with dried oranges | Building Bluebird

Check out my full Holiday Home Tour for more budget-friendly ideas when decorating for the holidays!


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