Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Dried orange Christmas garland

I'm not blessed with a talent for craft.

In fact, I'm often tempted to pass my attempts at creativity off as something the children made.

But when I saw how easy these dried orange Christmas garlands are to make, I thought I'd give them a try.

You need:
3 oranges
Dried cinnamon (optional)
Needle and thread (I used embroidery thread)

I started off by slicing three oranges crossways into slim slices. I them arranged them onto a wire rack, sprinkled on some dry cinnamon and popped them in the oven at a low heat.

Around 4 hours later, they were finally dry.

I then threaded a big sewing needle with embroidery thread and attached the slices, stitching round each slice to secure the slices in place. I also made a loop at the end of the skein for ease of hanging.

I had a couple of slices left over, which I made into a tree decoration, using a thinner cotton thread.

In future, I would probably try and space the slices a little more evenly. And I'd probably opt for a more festive red or green thread, rather than pink! But I'm pretty impressed with my efforts.

Have you made a similar creation? I'd love to hear about your efforts.
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