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How to make a dried fruit garland

How to make a dried fruit garland

This past weekend I spent some time decorating for the holidays. I like to mix in some elements of handmade decor and I put together this dried fruit garland. I first made this a few years ago and loved the way it turned out so decided to make one again. The dried fruit is so simplistic yet beautiful and Maxwell had fun helping me. I love them strung along a mantle, or to dress up your windows. Below I’m sharing my easy DIY for how to make a dried fruit garland.

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Here’s my easy DIY for how to make a dried fruit garland

You’ll need:

Some  fruits РI chose oranges, grapefruits, lemons and pears.
Bay leaves
Fishing line or twine


1.) Preheat oven on lowest setting. I set mine to 200 degrees F.
2.) Slice fruit thinly, about 1/4 inches thick.
3.) Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
4.) Bake in oven for 5-7 hours flipping each slice over every 2 hours or so.
5.) Let fruit cool
6.) Using a thin needle, thread the fruit, bay leaves and cranberries onto fishing line (I originally tried twine but I couldn’t get the cranberries to thread) in whatever pattern you choose.
7.) Tie the ends and hang wherever you like!

dried fruit garland

For more holiday DIY’s check out

my DIY homemade Irish Cream


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  • Reply
    November 23, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Oh my… this is an awesome how to on making dried fruit that I’ll have to try with my daughter, she’ll have a lot of fun making this for christmas.

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    November 23, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I was literally about to look up a “recipe” for these! So glad I came across your post! How did your garland last from one year to the next if you saved them??

    • Reply
      November 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      I packed it in a rubbermaid container and it kept pretty well. Some of the bay leaves fell off but the rest held up good!

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    Under flowery sky
    November 23, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    WOw this looks awesome, love the idea so much. Such
    a beautiful decoration..

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    Angie Gould
    December 10, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Do you bake the cranberries as well or just the sliced fruit

    • Reply
      December 11, 2020 at 11:40 am

      No I string those raw. I bake the other fruits!

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