5 Steps to Elevate Your Garland with Dried Fruit & Herbs
The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! On Fleming Lane, we are excited to share how we elevate our garland, natural or artificial, with dried fruit and herbs! This is perhaps our favorite DIY!
We suggest shopping for garland at Lowe’s Home Improvement, Home Depot, Trader Joe’s (which also has great boxwood wreaths!), or your local nursery. Artificial garland can be just as beautiful, but there is something special about using lush, live greenery and other organic materials to decorate for the holidays. It feels fresh, traditional, and unique year to year.
Fruit & Herbs
The following list includes some of our favorites to mix and match:
Citrus - blood oranges, navel oranges, lemons (we find this combination produces a pretty color variety!).
Spices - cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, rosemary
Clippings from your own yard or garden - we love dried magnolia leaves!
Although oven temperature varies, we preheat ours to 170 degrees. Alternatively, you can experiment with a dehydrator.
Slice your fruit about a quarter inch thick (we find thinner is better for drying!) and arrange them on a cooling rack. Place the cooling rack on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven. We bake our citrus for about four hours. Afterward, let the slices cool completely.
Cut fishing line into pieces measuring about six inches each. Poke the end of a piece of fishing line through the center of a citrus slice. Tie it to the garland with a double knot. Clip away any extra fishing line.
When your garland is complete, it is time to hang it over your door! We accomplish this with two large command hooks. Gently drape your garland over the two hooks. Finally, accent your garland with your favorite satin ribbon. Antique blue is our favorite!
We hope you enjoyed our five step process! We love how garland helps transform your home and neighborhood into a winter wonderland.