How to Make a Dried Orange Garland

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    by Trisha Dawe

    About the Author

    Trisha Dawe is a professional freelance writer. She specializes in student instruction, daily business operations, craft projects, weddings and youth sports. Dawe has attained degrees in education and athletic coaching from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix online.

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    Dried fruit garlands, especially those made with dehydrated orange slices, add fragrance an color to holiday decor. Also used for potpourri, dried orange slices fill your decorated room with fresh citrus scents while providing a natural, country look to your Christmas tree, archway or banister. Complementary scented items, like cinnamon sticks or bay leaves, add texture and ambiance to take your dried orange garland to the next level.

    Things You'll Need

    • 5 oranges
    • Sharp knife
    • Paper towels
    • Non-stick cooking spray
    • Large cookie sheet
    • Acrylic spray
    • 27 cinnamon sticks cut in half
    • Nail
    • 22 gauge floral wire
    • 27 bay leaves
    • Taffeta (optional)
    • Ribbon (optional)

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    Preparing the Oranges

    Cut five oranges into crosswise slices so each slice reveals a portion of each segment and that are 1/4-inch thick. Use a sharp knife and do not remove the peel. Press the orange slices between two thick layers of paper towels to rid them of any extra juice.

    Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray and arrange the orange slices in a single layer on the pan.

    Bake the orange slices for approximately three hours. Turn them over and let them bake another three hours or until they feel and appear dry, but are still pliable. Remove them from the oven to cool.

    Spray the thoroughly cooled, dried orange slices on both sides with acrylic craft spray for a glossy look, although the spray may reduce the scent of the oranges. Allow the spray to dry in accordance with package directions.

    Poke a nail through each half cinnamon stick to create a hole large enough to thread the floral wire through and set them aside.

    Cut a 5-foot-long piece of 22-gauge floral wire using wire cutters and bend one end into a 3-inch loop. Twist the end around the wire to secure the loop in place.

    Thread a pattern of three orange slices, three bay leaves and three halved cinnamon sticks until all items have been used. Loop the remaining wire into a 3-inch loop and twist the end around the wire to secure it.

    Tie a bow of taffeta or ribbon, or both, onto each loop as a decorative option and use the loops for hanging.

    • An adult should slice the oranges and monitor use of the oven.
    • Take the orange slices outdoors or to a protected area with good ventilation to apply the acrylic spray.

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