December 11, 2013

orange peel star garland :: tutorial

orange peel garland :: circle of pine trees blog

orange peel garland :: circle of pine trees blog

orange peel garland :: circle of pine trees blog

orange peel garland :: circle of pine trees blog

orange peel garland :: circle of pine trees blog

We have a box of beloved Christmas decorations all ready to be brought down from the loft when we decorate the tree – I am making the boys wait until next weekend, much to their annoyance! In the meantime, I conceded that we could prettify the mantelpieces. Cranberry garlands are an annual feature in our house, but this year, I decided to also have a try at making an orange peel garland, having seen a few on Pinterest. It was such a speedy and satisfying little make, and it had the added bonus of scenting the house too.

This is how I did it…

You will need:

3 large oranges

a small sharp knife

thread {I used gold beading wire} and a needle

small star cookie cutter

 

Carefully cut the peel from the oranges in large segments, about four per orange, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

Place the segment onto a hard surface and push the cookie cutter into the peel until you have pushed through and cut out a star (this can be a bit tough on your hands!)

Using the needle, thread the stars onto the wire, pushing the needle through from one side of the star to the other.

When the garland is threaded, you need to allow it to dry. You could do this naturally, but I popped mine into the oven on its lowest setting and left it for an hour. I then turned off the oven and left the garland in it as it cooled, filling the kitchen with an orangey aroma. (Do not use your oven if your thread is flammable or could melt, e.g. plastic!)

Once the stars have dried, your garland is ready to be hung…

Joining in with Lou for Nature in the Home: Christmas

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