how to dry citrus for homemade garland


a touch of citrus

Citrus is such a beautiful winter fruit that offers a bright pop and a fragrant accent throughout yoru home. Use dried citrus to create a garland by stringing slices together using a needle and twine or hang them individually with an ornament hook. Citrus slices can also be layered in a bowl for a full, abundant holiday table look.


  • Preheat oven to 200F
  • Thinly slice oranges (or any citrus of your choice.) We chose blood oranges for their depth of color.
  • Pat orange slices dry to eliminate as much moisture as possible.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay orange slices flat and in a single layer.
  • Bake for 5-8 hours until oranges are dry. Rotate your baking sheet a few hours into the process to ensure even drying. Oranges are done when they are no longer sticky to the touch.
  • After the holidays, store in a cool, dry, airtight container.

Your dried oranges will last for two to three years!

photography by Mary Pastuh | Find our hand-painted cedar garland, ornaments, ribbons and beaded garlands through CG Hunter.