How to Decorate with Garland November 9, 2018 It’s almost that time again to bring the boxes down from the attic, unwrap the ornaments, dress the tree and hang the garlands. Garland is one of those holiday decorations that is timeless and beautiful wherever it’s placed. We wanted to share a few simple tips for hanging it in your own home—as well as an easy how-to on a dried citrus garland that’s fun to make with the kids. We love it hanging on the tree or displayed on a mantel. It also makes for a fun addition to a kid’s bedroom. Staircase Garland is a great way to spruce up your staircase banister for the holidays. This particular faux garland already has pinecones and leaves on it, but we added in pieces of cut berry stems by securing them with floral wire, which is a thin, bendable wire you can buy at almost any craft store. Using this wire, you can also affix two pieces of garland together to make a longer strand. On this staircase, the garland is draped at four points on the banister, secured with floral wire, and then tied with a short piece of red ribbon. You can also tie longer ribbon into bows for a more formal look. Mantel To bring a festive look to the mantel, we like to use fuller garland with long pine needles. If you’re worried about the garland slipping off, you can secure it using small pieces of poster tape. To finish the look, add in candlesticks, a holiday wreath and, of course, your family stockings. Chandelier An unexpected place to add garland is around the rim of a chandelier. It brings added color and movement to the tablescape, while also adding a layer of height. Use floral wire to secure the garland and keep it in place. We suggest using faux garland here so stems or needles don’t fall on your table. And, depending on the size of the chandelier, you may need two strands of garland to fully cover it. How to Make a Dried Citrus Garland What You’ll Need: + 2 grapefruit + 2 lemons + 3 blood oranges + Twine + Scissors + Velvet Ribbon 1. Slice the fruit into ¼ inch thick slices, arrange them in a single layer on a wire rack and place them in the oven at 135 degrees. Bake until dry and crisp. A good estimate of time is 2-3 hours for the lemon slices and up to 4 ½ hours for the oranges. *You could also use a dehydrator at 135 degrees for the same results. Your slice thickness and your specific dehydrator will determine how long the process will take, but it could be anywhere from 4-8 hours. 2. Check your slices periodically to make sure they are not over-baked or burned. Once they are crisp, remove them from the oven. 3. While they are cooling, cut a piece of twine to whatever length you’d like your garland to be, as well as several 2 inch pieces of twine (one per citrus slice you want to use). 4. Once cooled, cut a small hole in the top of each piece and tie on the garland individually using smaller pieces of twine. Note: Since the dehydrated citrus will be exposed for a few weeks, keep an eye on it to make sure the fruit isn’t going bad. We hope that this holiday season you’ll be inspired to decorate with garland in new places and even try making your own dried citrus garland. Enjoy!