Making this garland was fun, but also super time consuming. You want to make sure you set it up for a day that you intend to be at home a good chunk of the day. The baking alone takes 3 + hours 😉
What you will need:
String or twine
Tape to make a “needle” for the string
Parchment paper and a cookie sheet
Nail or screw
Pre-heating the oven to 200, while you cut the two oranges.
Try to cut them about a quarter inch wide (or less–if able, without missing pieces of the rind, as pictured to the right), but the most important thing it so cut them evenly, so they will dry evenly.
(Otherwise they may require more time in the oven. 🙂 )
Cover the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
Place the orange slices on the baking sheet and put in the oven for an hour and a half.
the orange slices, and return them to the oven for another hour and a half. Let them cool for about 10 minutes.
a two small holes using the nail or screw. This will make it a lot easier to thread the taped string through.
Pull them evenly down the string until you reach the length you would like. Finish off with some cinnamon sticks or star anise.
Drape or hang and enjoy!
Edit: I have recently read that using a paper towel to press each slice and get the juice out a bit before baking them can actually really help to increase the efficiency of drying in the oven, so that’s my tip to try for next time! 😉
If you would like an orange garland, but don’t have the time to make one this year…
I have a couple available on my Etsy store–each lovingly handcrafted in the style you see here. 🙂