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DIY Citrus Garland

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By: Sarah Dizon

Hi again! Just wanted to share a quick (not really quick) DIY Citrus Garland. Since the holidays are coming up it’s just something festive to place around your home to get into the holiday spirit. Let’s be real, we all need it after the year we’ve had. 

What you’ll need:

  • Citrus fruit, I used grapefruit, oranges and lemons.
  • Cranberries 
  • Fishing wire 
  • A thick needle
  • Baking pan
  • Tongs

To prep, start by washing your fruit. After you’ve done that, preheat your oven to 250° and start slicing the citrus into ¼ inches, the thinner you can make the slices, the better the outcome. 

Then on a baking pan place fruit down, no need to spread them apart, as long as they’re flat you’ll be good. 

Now the timing is the tricky part, I was watching them the whole time and it was a lot of trial and error but I found that flipping the fruit every 30mins was best. You want to keep them in there for about 1 ½ maybe 2 hrs. The final product should look like stained glass, that’s when you can take them out of the oven and place them on a plate. 

Then comes the fun part, putting the garland together. This is where your fishing wire and thick needle come in. You can do whatever pattern you want, I didn’t have enough grapefruit so I did orange, lemon, orange, grapefruit or 3 oranges/lemon then a grapefruit. I also placed two cranberries in between the slices of fruit. 

Then tie off the ends and you have yourself a super cute garland!

Again, this DIY does take time, if you want, I would suggest prepping the night before to dry the fruit so it’s easier baking. You want to dry it out as much as possible, place slices on a baking pan and lay a towel over it and leave it out overnight. I also found that if it’s still gummy and you take it out and string it, it’s gonna break off. That’s why you want it to look like stained glass before you take it out. 

There you have it! A super cute citrus garland to make your home feel a bit more festive! Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for the holidays but it can definitely be left up all year long! Hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY! Till next time!!

XO, Sarah

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