Forget the plastic decorations and buying expensive trendy pieces and decorate your home with this super simple but stylish garland using string, oranges, cloves and cinnamon – it will smell divine!
- Oranges (one orange will make one garland)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Cloves (optional – but they do look pretty)
- Chopstick or skewer
- First slice your orange into pieces that are around half a centimetre thick. The thinner the slices, the quicker the drying time.
- Next, make a hole in the top of each slice with a chopstick. You can use a skewer but we found that the chopstick made a bigger hole which was easier to thread.
- Once you’ve made a hole in each slice, put them on a wire rack. A baking tray would work but it’s more effective when they can be heated evenly.
- Put them in the oven at 60* for up to five hours (if you’re slow roasting any festive treats then take the chance to cook your oranges at the same time).
- Take them out once they’re no longer juicy and are as dry as possible. Leave them on the wire rack overnight to continue to dry.
- Now to construct your garland and decorate. Push the cloves in a decorative pattern around the edges of the slices. It looks great when you can alternate decorated slices and undecorated.
- Thread the string through the first slice, in the hole you made earlier, and tie a knot.
- Then repeat this process leaving space between each one to change the length of the garland.
- Tie in cinnamon sticks in between the slices and you’re done.