Rutherford Design

The Olive House

orange garland

With the holiday season approaching, all I can think about is staying home, putting the kettle on, lighting a fire (well, let’s be honest - we don’t have a fireplace…), and hunkering down to make all sorts of holiday decorations. I picked up a few extra oranges on my last grocery store run, (which these days consists of trying to wrangle a busy one year old from standing up in the shopping cart…) and decided to make a few orange garlands.

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My Christmas craft list is always packed full of fun little diy projects. A few years ago I would have crossed them all off my list, but let’s be honest - who has time for any of that when you become a parent. Sometimes I look back at my carefree, pre-baby self and think, “wow… do you have any idea how lucky you are to be able to spend 2 hours decorating those Christmas cookies…?” If you have read any of my previous posts, you will know that I’m not so great at time management while Henry naps, so I figured this little holiday craft would be simple enough to tackle with a little babe running around.

Here is how easy it is:

Step 01 - Turn on the oven to its lowest setting (I set mine to 250 F / 120 C)

Step 02 - Slice your oranges (you can do lemons and blood oranges too if you want variation in colors) into about 1/4” thick pieces. Blot them dry with a paper towel, and pop them into the oven on a lined baking sheet for about 3 hours (flipping them every hour or so). While the segments are doing their thing, go back to chasing your little munchkin around the house, or if you don’t have a little one - sit back, relax, and enjoy a cuppa for me!

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Step 03 - Once your orange slices are dried to your liking (be careful, in the last half hour or so they can burn quite quickly, so keep an eye on them), transfer them to a drying rack or plate. Grab some twine (I used a needle to sew them together), wood beads, cinnamon, anything you want to add to your garland, and start stringing them together. It’s as simple as that! Cheap, easy, and such a classic way of decorating for Christmas.

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Did I mention that it smells so fresh? I put a strand up in our kitchen window (because let’s be honest again, I spend about 87% of my day there - why not make it feel special). I hope you have just as much fun making these as I did! Now I am off to use the remaining oranges to make some mouth watering old fashions (yes, Henry is in bed incase you were wondering…).

- JR