A garland of dried oranges screams Scandinavian Christmas to me! I love the simplicity of the oranges and the pop of color that they add. I like to layer mine with a garland of cranberries, pine needles, magnolia leaves for the mantel. But my favorite place to hang this garland is above my kitchen sink! I like to string two orange garlands to go across that kitchen sink window, the sun streaming through them during the day is beautiful! I keep them up all winter long!
Another idea is to save some dried orange slices to tie onto packages. It’s beautiful against brown Kraft paper! You can also make ornaments with them. I love decorating and wrapping gifts with natural materials. There’s so many possibilities!
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Slice oranges a 1/4″ thick.
- Blot oranges with a towel to remove excess juice.
- Place orange slices onto lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for approximately 2 hours.
- Flip oranges halfway through baking.
- If there are some that aren’t slightly browned yet them leave them in for another 10-15 minutes each side.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Poke 2 holes about a 1/2″ apart of the top of the orange slice (I use a chopstick for this).
- String with twine, going in and out through the back (yarn needles are helpful but not necessary) until you’ve reached the desired length of garland.
- Leave enough string at the ends to tie onto nails.