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Holiday Citrus Garland

A beautiful garland that will last through fall and winter.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Assembly Time30 mins
Total Time6 hrs 45 mins
Course: Crafts, DIY, Holiday Projects
Cuisine: Winter
Servings: 1 garland
Author: Tiffany McCauley
Cost: 10.00


  • oranges
  • dried bay leaves
  • large needle
  • thread
  • unfinished wooden beads
  • twine


  • Preheat oven to 180-200℉. and cut oranges into ¼” slices.
    Collect all supplies and slice your organges.
  • You can either lay your orange slices right on your oven rack with a pan underneath to catch the drips or if you have a large pan with a rack you can lay them out there.
    Place orange slices on oven rack with a pan under to catch the juices.
  • Place in the oven and crack the door by slipping a wooden spoon in the door, this allows moisture to escape.
    Turn at least once during drying, this process may take anywhere from 4-6 hours and if you are making a large garland you will need to do several batches. This is a great project for chilly day where you are stuck indoors doing other things!
    Once completely dried, remove oranges from oven to cool.
    Place the rack in the oven, keeping the door vented.
  • Make 2 tassels by wrapping twine around your hand 15-20 times depending on how large you want it to be.
    Wrap twine around your hand to make tassles.
  • Next, wrap another piece of twine near the top of one end, secure tight with a knot and trim off the excess.
    Cut the loops on the opposite end and your tassel is ready, repeat the steps for a second one.
    Secure the twice with another piece of twine.
  • Thread a needle, upholstery or other large needle makes this an easy job. Double the thread the way you would for hand sewing, making it the length you would like your garland.
    Sew thread through one of your tassels and being threading.
    Using a needle and thread, assemble the garland.
  • Thread each item onto your string. You can choose to make each section as thick as you like, I used 3 orange slices, 3 bay leaves, and a wooden bead. Repeat until the garland is full.
    Thread all the leaves and orange slices, then tie off the end.
  • Sew the other tassel to the other end and the swag is ready to hang.
    Add the final tassel and tie off.