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DIY Citrus, Holly + Paper Leaf Garlands

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Crafting is such a fun thing to do this time of the year, especially with the kids! There are so many great + simple DIY projects that can add some beautiful touches to your décor. We couldn’t resist sharing these three festive garland ideas that you can make at home in no time!

We especially love the dried citrus garland because it is so creative and smells delicious (we used a mix of lemons + oranges for ours)! Hang these in your kitchen, outside, on your mantle, in your kids’ room, or use as decorations for your holiday table.

Camila puts the finishing touches on her DIY garlands 

Did we mention how good these smell after baking them in the oven? Instructions below! 

DIY Citrus Star Garland

Ingredients

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • twine
  • embroidery needle
  • modge podge
  • paint brush

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Slice citrus ¼" thick onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • If you have extra peels, use a cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes! We used a star!
  • Bake for 3 hours, checking ever hour to make sure that they are not burning. The lemons in our batch dehydrated quicker so we took those out at 2 hours. Warning! Your kitchen will smell amazing!
  • Once the fruit is dehydrated and cooled down, use a paint brush to cover both front and back of each slice with modge podge.
  • When the slices are dried, use an embroidery needle to thread the slices together with about 3 inches of twine, two at a time and tying a double knot to keep them securely together. 
  • Once you have the desired length of garland(s), trim the tie knots and hang wherever you would like!
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Dried Citrus craft inspired by Sharon Glasgow

Pair your garlands together for that extra bit of color !

Holly Felt Garland

Ingredients

  • Felt balls
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle

Instructions

  • Start with measuring out how long you would like your garland to be, then add two inches at the top and two inches at the bottom. 
  • Tie a loop at one end and thread your embroidery needle through the other, thread through as many felt balls as you would like! The less felt balls, the more spread out they will be!
  • When you have finished threading all of the balls onto the thread, tie the end into a small loop and congratulations! You have made a simple no fuss garland to decorate wherever you would like! 
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These DIY crafts take very few materials … which makes them festive + cost-friendly! 

Paper Leaf Garland

Ingredients

  • Green party streamer roll
  • Scissors
  • Green tape - you can cut yours to be thinner, we got ours here LINK
  • Twine (optional)

Instructions

  • Take about 4 inches of the streamer and fold it in, fold in again, repeating this until you have about 6-8 folds. Cut this off the streamer roll
  • Cut leaf shape out of your stack of streamer crepe paper, making multiple leaves at the same time.
  • Lay out your thin green tape sticky side up and arrange your paper leaves on top, making sure that no sticky tape is exposed.
  • If you want to make your garland longer, repeat steps 2 and 3 until you reach your desired garland length
  • We secured the ends of our garland by wrapping the tape over a small twine loop.
  • Enjoy! You can use this paper leaf garland to decorate your table, your mantle, or just hang it on the wall for a holiday garland! We paired ours with our Holly Felt Garland
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DIY inspired by The House That Lars Built

Beijos xx
Women of Today