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 Bread | Apple Cider Syrup | Mashed Butternut Squash | Beeswax Candles | Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash
This is such a great idea!
So festive and Fallish!
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! 🙂
Such a great idea!
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!
Very pretty indeed! I guess it smells rather good as well?
Yes! Subtle, but good!
Love the idea, thanks!
I love this idea. Can this be stored and used again next year?
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!
Thank you Erin!
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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