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DIY Orange Slice Garland for the Christmas Tree

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How to make a DIY orange slice garland with dried orange slices and cranberries for the Christmas tree.

Dried orange slice garland is a wonderful way to add a natural touch to your Christmas tree or holiday decor around your home. Plus, it’s so easy to make.

I’ve already shared the dried orange slice ornaments that I made, including easy step-by-step instructions on how to dry orange slices.

I loved them so much that I added an easy-to-make orange slice garland with cranberries.

Christmas tree and gifts

When our oldest daughter was 3 years old we sold our first house and moved into my in-laws weekend home until our new townhouse was built.

We just happened to move right around Christmas so, instead of taking our holiday decor out of the boxes we just packed, we put the top half of our tree up and handmade our decorations.

picture of outside of house and windows

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I sat with my daughter and we drew, colored and cut out all of our ornaments for that little tree.

She was so excited about that tree and was so proud to point out her ornaments to everyone that visited. 

I’m not sure if she remembers any of it but it’s a wonderful memory that has always stayed with me.

I’ve been thinking about that tree a lot lately, while I’ve been decorating the nature-inspired Christmas tree that sits in our dining room.

All of the ornaments aren’t handmade but the dried orange slice ornaments are, as well as the DIY Christmas garland I made with dried orange slices and cranberries.

orange slice ornament

Just like the dried fruit ornaments this was so easy to make.

If you haven’t tried to make dried orange slices before, make sure you check out how I did it.  

The smell when you are drying them is just heavenly.

dried orange slices on rack

Supplies to make a DIY garland with oranges and cranberries

What string do you use for orange garland?

You can use fishing line or string for this project. I had fishing line on hand so that’s what I used.

dried orange slices and cranberries

Just look at all of that delicious color. I just can’t get enough.

Obviously…I’ve put them all over our house.

How do you make garland out of orange slices?

First I tied a loop in one end of my fishing line and then treaded my needle.

fishing line ties in loop

Then it’s just a matter of stringing your orange slices and cranberries.

You can really do whatever you want with this but I kept it simple.

So, for every 10 cranberries I strung, I added an orange slice.

I just stuck the needle through the middle of the cranberry and through two segments of the dried orange slice.

It’s really that simple.

dried orange slices and cranberries

Once I felt the garland was long enough I tied off the end and hung it on my tree.

orange slice and cranberry garland on tree

Over the course of a week or so, the cranberries all dried out, changing the look of my garland.

Easy peasy, and very thrifty.

How long does orange garland last?

They can last for years if stored properly. That means keeping them in a cool, dry place. I package my garland up in tissue paper and store it in a plastic bin.

If you don’t want to keep it you can always take it outside for the birds. I’m sure they’ll love it.

orange slice and cranberry garland on tree

It may not be just like the tree we had all those years ago but it’s definitely up there as one of my faves.

gift on stool by Christmas tree

How do you feel about homemade Christmas ornaments and dried fruit garland? Better than store-bought?

Don’t forget to check out our webstory and more of our nature inspired Christmas decor

Yield: 1 dried orange slice and cranberry garland

DIY Dried Orange Slice Garland

dried orange slices and cranberries for garland

How to make a beautiful and fragrant DIY dried orange slice and cranberry garland for your Christmas tree or holiday decorations.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $5


  • dried orange slices
  • fresh cranberries
  • length of fishing line or string
  • large sewing needle


  1. Cut fishing line and loop the end
  2. String other end through large sewing needle
  3. Start stringing fruit
  4. First string 10 cranberries by putting needle through middle of each cranberry
  5. Stick the needle through two segments of the dried orange slice
  6. Repeat process until garland is desired length
  7. Loop end of garland
  8. Hang your garland and enjoy!


If you dry your own oranges for this project it will take 4 hours to complete that process.

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