Drying oranges for Christmas garland

It’s the 22nd of December, and all those little finishing touches are my favorite part of preparing for the holidays. This year, I tried something I never had before: drying orange slices for garland. Dried fruit looks beautiful, and citrus is one of my favorite scents.

To accomplish this without a dehydrator, slice oranges thinly and put them in a 200°F oven for 2-3 hours. They dry better if you put them on a rack as opposed to directly on the sheet. I would also recommend keeping your eye on them, as I burned my first batch. Check them every 30 minutes to an hour, and flip them at least once during drying time.

I had intended to use these in some sort of craft project, but with Christmas Eve in 2 days, I’m simply out of time. So I nestled them in some of our garland (yes, it’s fake; don’t judge) with some berries.

Next year, I intend to start earlier and incorporate dried fruit in more of my decor overall. I especially love those wreaths made of dried orange and/or apple slices.

Admittedly, I was disappointed by the fragrance factor. I imagined my home filled with the bright scent of oranges, but that didn’t quite happen. The smell was barely noticeable, until a corner of several slices started to burn. If you’ve never smelled burnt orange, believe me, it’s not pleasant and it lingers.

Instead, I prefer Young Living’s Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. I don’t sell YL, and I’m not sponsored by YL; I sincerely just love this stuff. It’s composed of orange, cinnamon, and spruce oils, it’s non-toxic, and diffusing it makes our entire home smell fresh and warm and cozy all at the same time. If you love the smell of citrus and want to make your home smell amazing during the holidays, I wholeheartedly recommend this blend!

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