Holiday Decorating Tips are Here

Deck the halls and add the garland.

At least, that’s what makes sense to us.

This holiday we have been here with some recipes, some style, some music – so we can’t stop when it comes to the decor. This year, we loved the trend of simplistic, natural designs with a few DYI touches. Which makes sense as we immediately gravitated toward the simplicity of craft paper-wrapped gifts and small touches of seasonal colors through accents like twine. To bring a more ‘homemade’ touch to our tree, we love adding in polaroid photos among the traditional ornaments to serve as a reminder of the people and times that got us here, even when we’re apart.

Also trending, a natural touch to holiday decor, specifically those incorporating pine cones and citrus as elements. Because, while wrapping presents is definitely a highlight, the holiday spirit seems at least partially tied to an appropriate amount of garland.

Feeling inspired, we thought it was worth taking a chance and trying out the trend ourselves.

Here, with a holiday how-to on orange garland.

First, you’ll need a few things.

  • Oranges (amount will depend on desired length of garland)
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Paper Towel
  • Parchment Paper
  • Twine (the merrier the better)
  • Scissors

Now, for the fun part that will leave your home looking (and smelling) like the holidays are finally here.

How to make your garland:

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Slice oranges thinly (about 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick)
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pat oranges dry with a paper towel before putting onto the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 2.5 hours on one side…
  • Flip oranges over, and let bake another 1.5 hours.
  • Once slightly brown, remove from oven and let cool.
  • When cool, use scissors to put two holes into the slices.
  • Thread twine through slices, and hang!

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