12 Crafts for the Season - Day 2: A Delight for All Your Senses: Citrus Garlands

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The holidays allow us to revel in the shiny and sparkly aspects of the December month, but sometimes it can be refreshing to connect to the natural aspects as well.

Not all decorations have to be bought, as the most special ones are usually handmade. Today, we are here to teach you how to make a citrus garland. Not only do these garlands look beautiful and unique, but they also fill your home with the tantalizing scent of oranges to give it that festive feel.

To make the garlands you will need:

  • One large orange
  • String, twine, or ribbon
  • A large needle
  • Any additional optional decorations you would like such as rosemary, cinnamon sticks, bells, etc.

How to:

  • Start off by slicing your orange to around half a centimetre of thickness.
  • Place your oranges on a wire rack or baking tray with parchment paper, and pop them into the oven at 65°C for four hours to remove all the juices.
  • Once the slices are dry, remove them and leave to cool – we recommend leaving them overnight to dry completely.
  • Thread the needle with your string, twine, or ribbon and begin to thread it through the slices - it is at this point you can add in your optional decorations to bring in more texture. You can also knot the string after every slice to secure it onto place or allow them to roam free.

With this basic method you can take the garlands in all sorts of creative directions! Why not include different citrus fruits such as lemons or limes to add different colours. Or instead of making a garland, you could put the slices onto smaller knotted loops and have them as tree decorations. The possibilities only end with your imagination.

Making homemade crafts has been a longstanding Christmas tradition that we are so thrilled to be a part of. Feeling inspired to craft more? Check out some of our AAaH kits today – we have an amazing range that is sure to delight anyone’s fancies.