Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Garland

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.
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  1. I bet your house smelled delicious while drying the fruit out! Does it retain any scent when dried?

    My Frugal Family

  2. You can smell it when you walk by it, but it's not over-powering. :)

  3. I love your blog! I have to bookmark this for when my grandson is older. Thanks!

  4. It is really beautiful. I'm going to do this project!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. That is beautiful.
    What a great idea... thanks again for sharing.
    Hey, I got another great idea ~ I'll make the stuff, and you can come over and decorate for me?? LOL

  6. I can almost smell it from here.
    It looks beautiful too!

  7. Wow, this is just gorgeous, and it must have been so aromatic while you were creating these.

  8. I bet your house smells wonderful!! It looks just beautiful!

  9. Really gorgeous and original! Thanks so much for the how-to! Check out my blog for lots of holiday felt projects:

  10. Hi guys! I love that lovely idea....I have made something like it before but not with the apple....definately copying your idea this year!
    If you have five mins feel free to drop by and say hello
    Happy Hols girls
    Karen x x x

  11. I bookmarked this for next year - I bet your house smelled delicious when you were making this!!!

  12. Hi! Just letting you know that this month I am having a Christmas in July Celebration on my blog and I featured this today! (expect to hear from me a a lot this month - you have a lot of good stuff on here! lol!)

  13. can these be stored with christmas stuff or will they go bad? Do they have to be thrown out at some point?