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How to Make a Dried Orange Garland

A step-by-step tutorial to make DIY dried orange garland as inexpensive yet charming Christmas decor on trees, wreaths, and garland greenery.

Tying up dried orange garland all over our house has become my new favorite past time. Someone really needs to stop me at this point because I’ve lost all will power.

It’s so charming, fun, easy, and inexpensive to make, and it’s the perfect activity to do with the kids while plopped around the kitchen table together watching a Christmas movie.

dried orange garland on greenery around. adoorway

Doesn’t it just MAKE our dining room doorway?!

This is my second year in a row going dried orange garland crazy, so I’ll just chalk it up to our new tradition. If you’ve wanted to attempt it yourself, here’s how.

First, see my tutorial for how to dry orange slices here. All you need is a sharp knife, parchment paper lined baking sheets, an oven or air fryer, and a cooling rack.

how to dry orange slices

After dehydrating orange slices, you can just call it done by sticking ornament hooks or floral wire through them and twisting them onto the branches of Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands.

But this DIY dried orange garland adds a little somethin’ something’ to holiday decor.

DIY Dried Orange Garland

Supplies

supplies used for making dried orange garland

How to Make Dried Orange Garland

  1. Cut a strand of twine or string to the length you desire (cut it a tad longer than you’d like, just in case). Set aside.
  2. Cut a 3-4″ length of twine.
  3. Using the end of a straightened paper clip or toothpick, poke a hole through the flesh of the dried orange slice.
  4. Push the end of 3-4″ strand twine through the hole to thread the dried orange slice.
how to thread dried orange slices

5. Tie a knot to tightly secure the twine to the orange slice.

how to tie dried orange slices onto garland

6. Tie the orange slice tightly onto the long strand of twine.

how to thread and tie dried orange slices to garland

7. Cut the leftover hanging ends of the 3-4″ strand on the orange slice.

cut twine for hanging dried orange slices

8. Optional: Add bells if desired. Decide how far apart you would like to space your orange slices and/or bells and tie into place as you did in Steps 3-7.

adding mini brass bells to garland

9. Cut the longer ends of twine on the bells as well.

mini bells tied with twine
cutting long ends of twine on mini brass bells

10. And repeat until you make the garland as long as you need.

I just wrap some of the twine around branches in greenery garland to secure it, or you can use a little bit of floral wire. Mix in cinnamon sticks, pine cones, fairy lights, whatever you’d like.

dried orange garland on greenery around a doorway for Christmas decor

It’s so cute tucked anywhere and everywhere!

dried orange slices on garland and wreath around kitchen window

Have you ever made dried orange garland before? Or strung up popcorn and dried cranberries? It’s just a little detail from the “good ol’ days” that makes me feel connected to Christmases of the past.

If you want a few more Christmas decor craft ideas, here are some of my favorites:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does dried orange garland last?

It can last for about two years, if stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place during the Christmas off-season.

Does dried orange garland attract bugs?

Nope! Just make sure to completely dehydrate the orange slices. If there is any moisture still left, they could attract bugs or rot. Though the orange slices will usually continue to dry the longer they’re left out.

Does dried orange garland smell?

While the oranges are baking in the oven, they smell AMAZING! They continue to have a slight scent, once dried, but it’s not overwhelming.
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