🎁 Kathryn’s Dried Fruit Garlands. Have you ever made a dried fruit garland? The drying process takes some time, but overall, it’s pretty easy to make. You can buy dried orange slices but it’s much more fun to make your own.🎁
🎁 You will need: oranges, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, twine, large darning type needle and a drill!
🎁 Start by slicing the oranges to about ¼ inch thick.
🎁 Place them straight on the oven rack and bake at 100C / 200F for 3 – 4 hours, turning every hour. Turn the oven off and let them cool in there.
🎁 Drill holes in the middle of the cinnamon sticks (if you don’t have a drill, you can also just wind and knot the cinnamon sticks around the twine as you go)..
🎁 Now, string them together. Start with a cinnamon stick, then an orange slice, the 4 – 6 bay leaf’s, another orange slice, more bay leaf’s, another orange slice and then a cinnamon stick. Repeat this combination until you get to your desired length. Do not thread the slices too tightly. Leave some room between them so that air can circulate.
🎁 You may want to add in some ribbon or hessian bows for extra decoration.
🎁 Make a loop at each end and your garland is ready to hang.