Dried fruit is all the rage this winter! Making your own dried fruit garlands and wreaths is super easy. Continue reading below to find out how to make dried fruit.
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This wreath is so easy to make and it makes the house smell amazing! You can use the excess fruit to make a garland too.
How to Make Dried Fruit
First, you’ll need some oranges and/or lemons. Slice them all to a similar size. You want them a little thick, but not too thick or they won’t dry.
Lay them all out on a lined baking sheet. Set the oven to low, or the lowest setting your oven will go to. My ovens lowest setting is 200 degrees.
It will take about 4-5 hours to fully dry the fruit. I flip over the fruit about halfway through too.
How to Make a Natural Wreath
I wanted to add some other natural items to my wreath. Cranberries are also perfect for the winter, so I bought some at the grocery store.
I went to the local park and picked some pinecones. They weren’t fully open, so I popped those in the oven for a couple hours on low to help them open, kill the bugs, and dry up the sap.
There were lots of tiny pinecones at my park, which I found gave the perfect texture and interest to the wreath.
I got a wreath from a thrift store, took off all the other flowers and used just the base of the wreath. But you can use any wreath base. I love this one that I found though, since the base was already sticks.
Hot glue the dried fruit, cranberries, and pinecones onto the wreath base. I started with the dried fruit and then layered the pinecones and cranberries on top to add interest.
That’s it! It turned out so cute. I hung it on my front door and it smelled fantastic anytime we opened the door. Next year, I might add a little cinnamon sticks too!
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