Monday, December 7, 2009
We made this sweet holiday garland using the gingerbread ornaments that we made last week. We also added dried apples and dried oranges and red felt "beads". We strung them on bright red embroidery floss.
First we started with these beautiful clementines. We preheated the oven to 170 degrees.
We sliced them 1/4 inch thick and blotted them with paper towels. We lined them up on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
We dried them in the oven for about 6-8 hours. We kept the oven door slightly open using a wooden spoon to let out the moisture. We turned the oranges over every two hours.
Next the apples. We used small red apples. These were also sliced 1/4 inch thick. We soaked them in lemon juice for 15 minutes.
We blotted them dry and dried them in 170 degree oven as well. These need to be turned every two hours as well so that they won't curl too much. We dried these until they were dry, but still pliable so that we could string them. About 6 - 8 hours
We gathered all our supplies including red embroidery floss and a large needle.
We recommend laying out your pattern and thread the garland on a table. We threaded in and out of the apples and oranges near the top so that everything would hang nicely.
We have found many uses for the garland. It looks so pretty nestled in greenery.
The extra dried oranges, apples and gingerbread cookies look beautiful on a platter with greenery and cinnamon sticks with a candle in the center.