Looking for an easy and festive DIY? This one is kid friendly, makes the house smell amazing, and can be used as garland or one off gift toppers this holiday season. You can also use the dried slices in cocktails, mulled wine, or as a centerpiece with taper candles and eucalyptus branches.
You'll need oranges, twine or embroidery floss, a tapestry needle or similar object, a few hours of free time, and your favorite wine to sip on while you string!
Preheat oven to 200°F.
Slice your oranges into ¼ – ½ inch slices and pat dry with a paper towel or dishcloth.
Arrange on a baking sheet—bonus points if you have a cooling rack for air flow—and place in the oven for four hours, flipping once at the two hour mark. If your slices are thicker, they may take an additional hour to fully dry out.
Once dried and cooled, you can choose your own adventure! If looking to make garland, take cotton thread (twine or embroidery floss work best), a tapestry needle, and string through the top of the orange, looping around once to hold it in place.
If you’re looking to make gift toppers, loop through the top of the orange slice and tie in a knot.
If you want to use them in cocktails, mulled wine, or sliced on the table—keep as is!
Hang on the mantle, tie atop holiday gifts, or loop a hoop around a bottle of wine for a last-minute gift idea.