How-to: Dehydrated Orange Garland

poke a shoelace's aglet through the orangeThere are a lot of crafty uses for dried orange slices–you could make a wreath similar to my dried apple wreath, or add them to an outdoor ice lantern–but I find that a simple winter garland, hung in front of a window (the one that faces my neighbor’s bathroom window, ideally), shows off the lovely translucency of the fruit while distracting me from the fact that my neighbor REALLY needs a thicker curtain.

A shoelace is ideal to string this garland because the shoelace’s aglets make perfect needles. To use ribbon or twine, however, wrap one end in duct tape to make your own DIY aglet.

Thread the orange slices onto the shoelace by poking the aglet through the orange onone side, and back through the orange on the other, threading each orange onto the shoelace in that way.

Your garland can hang in any sheltered location, from the covered front porch to the window facing the neighbor’s bathroom–I hope your neighbor’s curtains are thicker than mine!

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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