The Perfect Holiday DIY: A Simple Dried Citrus Garland

Our holiday season has been a bit untraditional this year since we aren’t staying in a place of our own, but with the help of our families and each other we’ve made every effort to create new traditions to help us feel at home. Last week my mom picked up Owen, and I spent the morning working, drinking my coffee in peace, drying out some Wonderful Halos and putting together a simple garland. If your home is in need of a special holiday touch this season try out this ultra easy DIY below!

+ 5 Wonderful Halos Mandarins
+ Pine Tree Scraps
+ 5 or more Cinnamon Sticks
+ Twine
+ Sharp Knife
+ Parchment Paper
+ Baking Sheet
+ Paper Towels

Drying your Wonderful Halos Mandarins
+ Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
+ Slice your Wonderful Halos Mandarins, no larger than ¼” in thickness
+ Pat your Wonderful Halos dry with a paper towel
+ Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper
+ Place your Wonderful Halos evenly across your baking sheet
+ Bake for about 2 hours, flip your Wonderful Halos half way through
*Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t brown or burn

Making your holiday garland
+ Cut your scraps of pine the same length as your cinnamon sticks
+ Cut your twine slightly longer than the length you desire for your garland
+ On one end tie a loop for easy hanging
+ Poke a small hole through the top center of each of your Wonderful Halos
+ String on one Wonderful Halos at a time, inserting your twine from the front
+ To keep each Wonderful Halos slice in place tie a small knot behind
+ Following each Wonderful Halos slice tie a scrap of pine or a cinnamon stick next to your knot (your Halos mandarin slice will cover the tie)
+ Continue to string on your Wonderful Halos mandarins and alternate pine & cinnamon sticks until you’ve reached the end of your twine
+ Tie a small loop on the other end & hang!

Wonderful Halos have been the perfect snack all fall and winter, but it was such a treat to use these bright mandarins in a holiday DIY project. I’m really looking forward to making these garlands in the years to come and can’t wait for Owen to be able to help next year or the year after. It might just have to be a new tradition.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Any that are on the healthier side? Wonderful Halos wants to hear your good choice moments in the comments below! They’ll be selecting one lucky winner to receive a special prize.