Our Dehydrated Citrus Wheels are one of the easiest DIYs we have on the blog. Using a batch of dehydrated citrus wheels to make a garland seemed like a no brainer. It’s also a really simple DIY, and it yields such a beautiful result. You can use this Dehydrated Citrus Garland to decorate your tree, or a mantle, or to drape over any window. Using them on a window is my favorite of the choices because I love how they look when the light shines through them.
How to make Citrus Garland
- Dehydrated Citrus Wheels (I choose orange slices for mine)
- Large Stitching Needle
- Twine – Any will do really, but I prefer waxed thread because it slides through the slices nicely, and is strong.
- Wood Beads
How to Dry Citrus for Garland
Drying or dehydrating citrus for this garland is incredibly easy! It just takes time. Get all the details for how to make your own dehydrated citrus at home. It’s super easy, and your house will smell great!
- Measure and cut length of twine.
- Thread citrus wheels on twine.
- Tie the bead onto the end of each twine.
Questions about Citrus Garland
They will last two years or maybe longer if they are stored properly. They are best kept in a cool dry place. They will become pale in color and very brittle when it’s ready to make a new one!
Yes! As time goes by the scent does fade, but freshly dehydrated citrus does smell great!
Tips and Tricks
- When you are stringing the citrus, poke the holes in the same direction every time to be sure all the citrus are facing in the same direction.
- The large stitching needle makes this DIY very quick, however if you don’t have the large stitching needle you can poke the citrus wheels with a toothpick and thread the twine.
- You can use any twine you have on hand, but this twine is great because it’s really strong, and because it’s waxed it makes sliding the citrus wheels much easier. I thicker, chunkier twine like a hemp twine would make that difficult and you risk cracking the inside of the citrus wheels.
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Dehydrated Citrus Garland DIY
- Dehydrated Citrus Wheels
- large sewing needle
- 2 wood beads
- Measure the length of your desired garland. Cut the twine to length and add 6 inches to either side.
- Take one end of the twine and thread through the eye of the needle. Begin to thread citrus wheels onto the twine. Make the holes close to the edge of the rind and above the center.
- Once you have finished stringing your citrus you need to tie a knot on the side of the rind of the last citrus. Do this by looping the twine through the last hole again, and creating a knot. String the wooden bead on the end, and loop the twine around the bead. Tie a knot at the top and trim the excess. Repeat for the other side.
- Store garland in a cool dark place with padding to prevent the citrus from breaking. The garland will last as long as the color looks nice!