Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Orange Garland

This orange garland is the best thing since sliced fruit.

And it's so easy.

And colorful.

And festive.

And beauty full.

I found a big bag of seedless oranges for $2.50.

I sliced the ends off, then sliced them into 1/4 inch slices. You want to do your best to keep the widths consistent, so they bake evenly.

After slicing, place them on a dishtowel, which helps to blot off excess juice.

I would advise against placing them on a white towel, unless you are hankering for an orange/white tie-dyed effect. Who knew OJ stains??

When they're all sliced up, lay them on a metal baking sheet and put them in the oven, on its lowest setting. (Mine was 175 degrees.)*

Here's where the...discrepancy comes in.

The guide I worked from stated that it would take "about four hours" to dry them out.

I think mine took 7 and a half hours, causing me much consternation and angst.

The trick is to make sure that they dry entirely, so they don't get moldy.

When I removed mine, the bottom pan was over-cooked and too brown looking. I shed a tear and tossed that batch.

The top pan was lovely.

They still seemed kind of soft - a little like the texture of a gummy candy. They were pliable, but not at all juicy.

After they were completely cooled, I put them in a pile and forgot about them for the next few days.

Then I remembered them again and took a wooden shishkabob skewer to them, poking two holes in each one (see photo). Try to space the holes evenly.

I then threaded my lovely $0.10 seam binding tape through them, making sure, in typical OCD fashion, that the "ribbon" was smooth all the way through.

After that, I strung them up.

(The original idea in the book was to just poke a single hole and hang each one as a Christmas tree ornament, which would also be pretty.)

The book says that they will "retain their delicious citrus fragrance", but that is a lie.

However, they smell quite lovely while they are cooking and they look gorgeous when they catch the light.

And they are cheap. Especially if you conveniently forget to factor in the EIGHT hours that your oven is on.

Hallelujah.


*I think it would also work to use a dehydrator, although you would want to keep a close eye on them and make sure that they didn't dry out too much.

30 comments:

  1. After seeing your first post on these, I went and dried myself up some oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes, tied some ribbon through them and hung them on our tree. (http://bit.ly/eNDAd1) Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks!

    P.S. Do you have any idea how much I love your blog? No?? Well, I DO! Very, very much, too.

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  2. I just love the oranges, Maybe I'll try some when we get home. Thanks for the comment, I finally got time to become a follower on yours and copyed a buttom.

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  3. this garland is so pretty! it's so lovely i think i'd be inclined to keep it up all winter long. thanks for the sharing the how-to's!

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  4. Did you have fun - do you like them - I know you did and do - that's what's cool! Live and learn I always say - take it from someone who continues to bake and fail and try again lol! Happy Holidays and I plan to add this to my to do list! Making jerky right now - that takes about 10 hours. Jennifer stop in at jennsthreegraces

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  5. Oh, the garland turned out beautifully! I love how the light passes through the oranges and the green ribbon is such a wonderful contrast to the orange.

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  6. Fun! I love simple projects like that. It looks really neat - too bad it doesn't hold the smell.

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  7. Oh, that garland is so pretty! My mom did a more "homespun" Christmas this year, with cranberry garland and cinnamon ornaments, and this garland would have gone great, too!

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  8. I'm pretty sure santa is bringing be a dehyrator for Christmas - if so I promise to let you know if they work :+)

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  9. I use to do this years ago and had forgotten about it; but NEVER with such a cute ribbon! Yours is darling!! Very traditional and festive.
    Merry Christmas!!

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  10. Simply adorable!! :)Hugs,Rachel

    *French Farmhouse 425*

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  11. Super cute....I think I will have to try this one. It would be really cute in the summer too.

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  12. This is so pretty! I love that you can keep it up after Christmas too.

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  13. I saw your first post and, as luck would have it, had large bowls of left over lemons and limes from my Thanksgiving table centerpieces. (We ate all the oranges, plums, cranberries, apples & persimmons). I thought I was being so thrifty using edible fruit but was disappointed we couldn't consume that many lemons and limes. Then I saw your post and VOILA. I now have the cutest lemon and lime garland and some ornaments for my tree. Am also attaching to presents. We added glitter glue and then spray clear varnish. Thanks for the idea. With all you creative bloggers who I constantly copy, my neighbors and family think I'm so creative. :) Merry Christmas to you and your family. I enjoy your blog all year.

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  14. Love this craft Shannan! Just beautiful:)

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  15. So pretty! I used to do that but I don't remember them taking that long. ;)

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  16. it is just beautiful with the sunlight coming through them.....

    laughed at the part where you say this craft was cheap...UNLESS you count the eight hours the oven was on. :)

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  17. Very farmhouse chic! Too bad they don't retain the smell! BTW I got that table I was coveting! YAY He did right by me! Hugs and Have a Merry Christmas! Traci

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  18. I love this SO much and totally want to make one!

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  19. I was just thinking about making one of these..so pretty!

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  20. Just pick one of our lovely COLD blustery days in Indiana, and your kitchen would be warm all day! At least that's how it would go in my ever-infused with fresh air farm house! (read DRAFTY!)

    Thanks for the How To Do!

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  21. I dig it! Merry Christmas! It really would not have had the same christmassy effect if it had molded. :)

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  22. Glad to hear that other people experience angst.

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  23. OH! I love it!!...even if it doesn't smell for too long :) and it is just lovely with the light shining through!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Merry Christmas!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  24. These are so lovely! A little bit 'o sunshine.

    Merry Christmas!

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  25. We did these oranges one year - I loved how lovely the house smelled! Then we added cranberry garland, bundles of cinnamon sticks, pretty little dinner rolls (covered in shellac and hung with ribbon), and stars made from wheat grass I cut from the field. It felt like a tree celebrating the abundance God has given us. I'm so thankful we don't live with the stress of where our next meal will come from...

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  26. I love this garland! So pretty! I think I may have to go slice up some oranges right now....maybe they'll be finished by Christmas morning. ;)

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  27. Definitely going to try this. Looks super cute and I love the green ribbon. I'm liking your new zest for color!

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  28. My sister just got engaged (Christmas Eve Eve) and I so delicately suggested that her wedding would be just fine as long as she didn't use orange, the very color she had been planning to pair with teal. (I promptly corrected myself and said that orange is a wonderful, bright color to add to any wedding involving pasty white brides and bridesmaid; I was only referring to fluorescent 80s orange, a perfectly hideous wedding color.) Needing to reinforce my love of orange so she won't question my loyalties and take away my bridesmaid duties, I sent her a link to this little gem, which I actually do LOVE, and she made it the first addition to her inspiration board! I think the stained-glass effect will be a lovely distraction from my transparent skin.

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  29. Mmm! Yummy! I love oranges! I should decorate with them too! :D

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  30. So very pretty and I like how you hung them in the window.

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