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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

I also like to use these dried orange slices to make Christmas tree ornaments and add to homemade gifts. Click here to see how I make them!

Check out this pretty DIY Snowglobe Ornament

For more holiday inspiration check out

my DIY homemade Irish Cream

7 of the best Christmas cookies


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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??

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      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

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      December 11, 2020 at 11:40 am

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

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    Marie B
    November 3, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Oh my, your festive dried fruit garland is gorgeous Nicolle! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with grapefruit and pears.

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    Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers
    November 3, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Your garland looks wonderful! I like the addition of the grapefruit. I’m featuring you tonight at the Home Matters Party.

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      November 4, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      oh thank you so much Allyson! Have a great weekend!

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    November 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing how to make a dried fruit garland on Whimsy Home Wednesday Niccole! I have wanted to make one for years, maybe this year will be the year I actually take the plunge and make one! Your how to was so easy to follow.

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    Indah Nuria Savitri
    November 5, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    This is wonderful Nicole. It looks lovely and the fruits will smell great as well! I chose this post to be featured in #OMHGWW. Cheers from Wellington

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      November 5, 2022 at 5:07 pm

      Ahhh thank you so much Indah! Have a great weekend!

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    Create With Joy
    December 1, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Such a wonderful project Nichole. Congrats for being one of our Featured Friends at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy!

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