Simple Orange Garland

easy diy christmas decor
When we moved, we lost all our Christmas decorations and tree. And by lost I mean we left them in storage and didn’t realize it until months later. Last year we decided to take an economical route and make handmade decorations with the kids. I thought it was great because, instead of taking hours to clean and put away the decorations, we just hauled the whole tree, still decorated, out to the bonfire pit when the holiday season was over. Rich, on the other hand, thought it was a little cheesy last year and requested some store bought ornaments. I obliged but still kept it relatively simple with white lights and three colors of bulbs, including a set of glitter, matte and shiny. Orange garland ended up being a simple addition with just the right pop of color to make it look like we had our stuff together this holiday season.
Things you need for Orange Garland:


Crochet Hook

Slice the oranges ¼” thick and place on a parchment paper lined baking tray. Place in oven with the door cracked (I stuck a wooden spoon in mine to help hold it open) at 250 degrees for approximately 3 hours. Flip oranges halfway to ensure your oranges dry flat and evenly.

When the oranges are dry, poke a hole in either side and thread your twine through. I used a skewer to make the holes and a small crochet hook to help grab the twine and thread it through the orange. I made small 3-4’ sections which it makes it easier to drape around the tree, ensuring you don’t end up with a tangled mess.

A few things to note: I read some blogs talking about the wonderful aromas, but I didn’t think they smelled like much at all. Except, if you burn them, which I did, but only because I left the house (I know, with the oven on! I can’t believe I’m still alive either…) – then it smells like fruity baked bread.


A simple diy project the whole family can get involved with, we used the garland on our tree this year, but orange garland can be used on wreaths or make it a statement on it’s own! 

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