dried fruit garland.

November 25, 2013

dried fruit garlanddried-fruit-garland-8-erin-boyle-gardenista dried fruit garland dried fruit garland A few weeks ago I had the chance to do an indulgent little project for Gardenista. I’d always wanted to try making one of the dried fruit garlands I’d seen hanging anachronistically in historic house museums and a Thanksgiving DIY was the perfect excuse.

File this one under DIY to attempt with ample patience and time. Turns out cutting slices of fruit into uniform thickness is not one of my strong suits. But as I tend to do with projects like this one, I’ve decided that the rumply apple and pear edges that came as a result of too thin slices are actually quite pretty. Three cheers for embracing imperfection. I think next time I might stick to oranges and hang them individually like tiny rounds of orange-scented stained glass. Pretty, no?

Head to Gardenista for the full instructions.

Or browse the archives for a whole slew of Thanksgiving-themed projects:

Pumpkin BreadApple Cider SyrupMashed Butternut SquashBeeswax Candles | Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash

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13 Comments

  • Reply poisonwood November 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    This is such a great idea!

  • Reply Julia Barger November 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    So festive and Fallish!

  • Reply Ros November 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I did this last year – slices of lemons and oranges strung up on my Christmas tree. They catch in the lights in such a lovely way, and it's a remarkably affordable decoration on one's first tree! 🙂

  • Reply Jenni November 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    This brings me back to my childhood crafts with mom! And I totally forgot about this project until right now. It looks beautiful- I think I'll have to whip one up soon!

  • Reply Linn November 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Very pretty indeed! I guess it smells rather good as well?

    • Reply Erin November 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Yes! Subtle, but good!

  • Reply tinajo November 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Love the idea, thanks!

  • Reply Julia November 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I love this idea. Can this be stored and used again next year?

    • Reply Erin November 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Yes! It's important to make sure that the fruit dried completely so it doesn't get moldy, but barring that, it should last and last!

    • Reply Julia November 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Thank you Erin!

  • Reply ericfinn26 December 7, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I'm a dried fruit lover: prunes, raisins, apricots, even peaches although they don't seem to retain as much flavor as apricots, currants in cookies because they fall through the cracks between your fingers if you try to eat them by the handful. (Banana chips don't taste like banana, so what's the point?) I recently brought dried fruits from the online store. Here is the link of the source. http://www.chocholik.com/shop/nuts/dried-fruits/

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