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Homemade Holiday Orange Garland

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When I think of the holidays, I traditionally think of a fresh, gorgeous pine tree decorated with twinkling lights, the delicious spiced-apple pie ready to be served in the kitchen, and the oh-so-amazing smells of mulled wine, nutmeg, and balsam.
This year, I am adding something new to my go-to holiday ambiance—dried orange garlands.
Orange garlands are incredibly easy to make and keep your house smelling yummy and looking festive with a pop of orange color.

Read on for tutorial:

Dried Orange Garland:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Baking time: 3 hours

Must-Haves:

Oranges (I used 2 oranges for a 3-inch garland)

A sharp knife

Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat

Cookie sheet

Twine

How-To:

First, pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees and line the baking sheet with parchment paper/silicone baking mat. While the oven is getting nice and toasty, use your sharp knife to slice the oranges cross-wise at about 1/4 -inch thick.

Now Mama, pat the excess moisture off the orange slices and lay the oranges flat on the baking sheet. Bake for about 3 hours or until the oranges are dehydrated. Check on your oranges ever so often so that they do not burn!

Washie Tip:

To guarantee that your oranges dry flat, flip them over halfway through the baking process. To make your holiday garland, make two holes at the top of each orange slice. I used a small nail but a push pin or even a ballpoint pen would work just as well. Mama, thread the string through the new holes.

Washie Tip:

If you want to add something special to your garland, alternate orange slices with cinammon sticks or eucalyptus.

Keep threading the oranges through until you run out of slices. Tie off each end of the string to prevent any oranges from fall off. Now is the fun part... hang over your mantle or over a window, wrap throughout your christmas wreath, or even decorate above your little one’s bed.

What ways do you decorate for the holiday season? Comment below.

Season’s Greeting, Washies!!