Easy Tutorial: How to Make DIY 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 used for making dried orange garland

Step 1 – Cut and Dry Orange Slices

(If you want the quick and easy route, you can actually buy already dried orange slices for about the cost of whole oranges from the produce section.)

How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven

1. Slice oranges into thin slices (approximately 1/4″ thick).

2. Place slices on parchment paper on a baking sheet.

3. Put orange slices in the oven at 200°F for 45 minutes.

4. Flip the slices over and continue baking for another 45 minutes. Keep flipping every 45 minutes until the slices feel relatively dry (usually around the 3 hour mark). The thicker your slices, the longer they’ll take to dry.

Step 1 – Cut Twine

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.

Cut several additional pieces of twine in 3″ to 4″ lengths each. Set aside.

how to thread dried orange slices

Step 2 – Poke Hole Through Orange Slice

Using the end of a straightened paper clip or toothpick, poke a hole through the flesh of the dried orange slice.

Push the end of a 3-4″ length twine strand through the hole to thread the dried orange slice.

how to tie dried orange slices onto garland

Step 3 – Tie Twine to Orange Slice

Tie a knot to tightly secure the twine to the orange slice. Then, tie the orange slice tightly onto the long strand of twine. Cut the leftover hanging ends of the 3-4″ strand on the orange slice.

how to thread and tie dried orange slices to garland

Step 4 – Repeat Threading and Tying Orange Slices to Twine Strand

Continue threading and tying dried orange slices to the long strand of twine, spacing the slices apart evenly.

cut twine for hanging dried orange slices

Step 5 – Add Embellishments (Optional)

Optional: Add bells if desired. You can also add other embellishments like pine cones or faux holly berries. Decide how far apart you would like to space your orange slices and/or bells and tie into place as you did in Step 4.

adding mini brass bells to garland

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

Step 6 – Hang Garland

Weave your dried orange slice garland through greenery on Command hooks or anywhere you want to add a little traditional charm to your Christmas decor.

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
dried orange slices mixed in garland greenery on stairs

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.

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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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