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.
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.
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
- Dried orange slices (follow this tutorial to dehydrate oranges yourself making sure they’re completely dried or buy dried orange slices here)
- Polished hemp twine or any string you may already have
- A paper clip or toothpick
- Mini bells (optional but cute)
How to Make Dried Orange Garland
- 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 a 3-4″ length of twine.
- 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 3-4″ strand twine through the hole to thread the dried orange slice.
5. Tie a knot to tightly secure the twine to the orange slice.
6. Tie the orange slice tightly onto the long strand of twine.
7. Cut the leftover hanging ends of the 3-4″ strand on the orange slice.
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.
9. Cut the longer ends of twine on the bells as well.
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.
It’s so cute tucked anywhere and everywhere!
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:
- DIY Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments
- Christmas Village Snow Globe Centerpiece
- DIY Repurposed Canvas Christmas Art
Frequently Asked Questions
It can last for about two years, if stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place during the Christmas off-season.
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.
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.