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Dried Orange Garland Tutorial

Dried Orange Garland

“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell.
A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog.
Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”

― Cynthia Rylant, In November

Every November I read the book “In November” to my kids.  It’s the sweetest picture book that has the most beautiful illustrations and words.  I highly recommend adding it to your book collection if you don’t already have it!  One of my favorite pages has the line that is written above.  I love the thought of our home smelling cozy and of oranges.  You can get the book HERE.

This year we have been decorating for the Christmas season a little earlier than normal.  We are taking our time and adding handmade touches throughout our home.  These Dried Orange Garlands have been our favorite craft to make so far! There are many tutorials out there with different baking times/temps. I thought I would share what has worked well for us! 


Step One: Preheat your oven to 200.

Step Two: Slice your oranges fairly thin.  Between 1/4th-1/8th of an inch wide.  I only had one kind of orange this go round. But think it would be beautiful to use different varieties (including a grapefruit!).

Step Three: Place your orange slices on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 

Step Four: Blot your oranges well with a paper towel.  Soaking up as much moisture as you can will help them dry out faster.

Step Five: Pop the oranges into the oven! I baked mine two hours. Then I flipped them over and baked for an additional 2 hours.  The goal is for them to be completely dried out and a little crisp. Once they were dried, I pulled them out and let them cool overnight. If you have a little moisture in them still, this step will also help to dry them out completely.

Step Six: To string them I poked two holes in the top using a knife and strung the oranges on a piece of bakers twine.

DIY Orange Garland Tutorial

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