Oranges may not have a traditional holiday color, but their aroma paired with cloves and cinnamon make them amazingly festive. Every week we buy a huge bag only to devour them in a few short days. But today, Edie and I made them last. We cut and dried a couple oranges to make a garland in partnership with Seventh Generation, who made the cleanup super easy and safe. Here’s how to do it…
This project couldn’t be easier, or a more cost effective decor. We only used two oranges for the whole project!
Make it yourself
- 1. Slice 2-3 oranges into thin 1/4-1/2 inch slices. Save the ends to throw in your wassail.
- 2. Pro tip: Invite the neighbors over. The house will smell amazing!
- 1. Using a kitchen towel, pat them dry to remove as much moisture as you can without them losing their shape. This is a great step to get your kids to help with!
- 2. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees and place them on a roasting rack so they’re elevated. You can also just put a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet
- 3. Bake for about 3 hours, flipping over once halfway through.
- 1. Once dried, use a piece of string with tape on one end to string through the oranges at two points on top so they hang straight.
- 2. Hang and admire! You can see that some of them are darker than others. The more similar you cut them in size, the easier it will be to cook them evenly. Although, I kind of like the color variation despite our best efforts.
We did some easy clean up while we were waiting for them to dry in the oven with Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner. This cleaner is free of VOCs that pollute the air, tough on grease and dirt, and no harsh fumes to be found.
After all was said and done, we threw our linens and clothing in the wash with Seventh Generation Free and Clear Laundry Detergent Packs. Tough on stains, safe and sensitive for the whole family with no dyes/fragrances/artificial brighteners. An easy choice for a family with little ones like ours!