Dried Orange and Lime Garlands

Why hello there!  Recently, I have been trying to transition to more natural products because I study arts in college and misguidedly think that I am a bit special.

Recently, I gave away a lot of my things and so, my room has been looking a bit bare.  I was looking around on the internet for some nice DIY decor and I found these dried fruit garlands.  I think that they are so lovely.  I feel as though they are a nice little thing to make for someone as a present.  They require minimal effort to make and double up as a wee air freshener.

Apparently oranges and limes work the best but I’m sure you could experiment with lemons and pink grapefruits too!

You’ll need

  • A lime
  • A lemon
  • A towel that you don’t mind staining
  • A sharp knife
  • A chopping board
  • A desiccator or your oven
  • Twine, string or whatever you want to hang your garland off

Preheat your oven to 100ºC.

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Slice your fruit into 0.5mm (ish) slices.  Don’t stress too much about the width of each slice; the measurements need not be too exact.

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Dry your slices as best you can with the towel.  You want to get rid of as much juice as possible.  Place them on a wire grill or a baking tray.

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Chuck your slices into your preheated oven or desiccator and leave them there until they are dried.  In an oven, this can take anywhere between 1 and 3 hours.  Be sure to take them out half way through cooking to turn them over and to check up on them every half hour or so to make sure your slices don’t burn.

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Once they are finished dehydrating, take them out of the oven and thread a piece of twine or whatever you’re using through each slice.  I used long pieces of straw but I would say that twine would look just as nice.  Just poke two holes beside each other in a slice with a pen and thread the twine through.

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There you have it!  A super pretty citrus garland for your room or whatever you want.  You don’t need to worry about the fruit rotting either so long as you dry it enough!

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On a separate note, Lidl is currently selling this brown soda bread and, oh man, it is so good toasted with a little margarine on top.  Not at all relevant to this post but it is yummy and also works those rustic aesthetics.

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Smell ya later.

Chloe

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