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Picture of Delightfully Dehydrated Garland
Enjoy the sights and scents of this easy to make, dehydrated compilation of fruits, leaves, cinnamon and eucalyptus. Bring the beauty of the natural world into your home.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

First you will need to gather all of your supplies:

1. Big Apples (Red & Green)
2. Big Naval Oranges
3. Eucalyptus Leaves
4. Green Leaves
5. Cinnamon Sticks
6. Raffia
7. Needle
8. Lemon Juice
9. Knife
10. Cutting Board
11. Large Bowl
12. Dehydrator (or oven)
13. Ribbon
14. Lighter
15. Drill with 1/16 drill bit
16. Scissors

Step 2: Dehydration

There are a couple of ways you can do this. I have a small electric dehydrator that I use. You can usually find these pretty economically priced (~$25 @ Wally-mart or other kitchen stores). If you do not want to invest in one, you can always use your oven. I am not very experienced in that department though so I am not going to give instructions on that method.

1. Cut your fruit. Apples can be cut into 1/8 inch slices (do not core apples since the core forms a pretty star shape when dried.) As you slice each apple, immediately place slices into a solution of lemon juice and water (50/50 mix). Soak apples for 10 minutes, drain, and place on dehydrator trays. Oranges can be cut into 1/4 inch slices and they do not need to be pre-treated.

2. Dry the fruit. This is the time consuming part and should be accordingly planned for. Both apples and oranges should be dried at ~ 135 degrees F. Apples take about 4 hours, while oranges take about 10-12 hours. Remove apples when they feel leathery (not crisp), and remove oranges when they are no longer moist or sticky.

3. How Many? I find that I can get around 10 slices out of one apple and or orange. That is perfect for one garland, so plan 1 red apple, 1 green apple, and 1 orange per garland
 
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camaggie5 years ago
This is so way cool!!I'm at this time dehydrating my oranges but, having a little problem with apples I not sure if putting buy them in a ziplock bag with the bag close make them wet,brown,and I feel sad about it!! I need to know should I start over?and just to let u-all know I did treat them before I put them on:( This is my first craft and I had plan to give them for x-mas this Sunday!!!HELP LOLOLOLOL
maplepapercuts (author)  camaggie5 years ago
I'm not sure if I understand if they are turning brown before or after you dehydrate them. The only thing I can think of is to make sure you soak them in enough lemon juice before you dehydrate them. I think I used a 50/50 mix of water and lemon juice - and that was fine soaking them for 10 minutes - making sure you get every surface of the apple exposed to the juice (soak after cutting). I think the more lemon juice you use, the better chance you have of them not turning brown. IF the apples are turning brown after dehydrating, again, it probably means you didn't soak them long enough or in enough lemon juice. I'm sorry to say it, but once they are brown, I don't think there is any way to get them white again. Good luck!!
Roxie6 years ago
These look like such fun to make! Your directions and pictures make it look easy and not too time-consuming! Looking forward to making some soon!
Tabitha756 years ago
That is so cool! You have such a talent! Great gift idea.
Dee-SC6 years ago
YOu have a nack of giving great directions! I printed all steps and I look forward to trying them myself! I agree that the photography is extremely helpful! Thanks!
technick296 years ago
Cool craft and beautifully taken pictures. Bravo.
LWalker6 years ago
Pretty cool craft...great pictures & easy to follow instructions.
Nene6 years ago
I have been looking for a home made gift that can be given and last year round and I have now found it. At least, you have made it appear that I can easily do it. I think that it would add a beautiful fragrance to my home as guests arrive. If you have made 20 recently, I think I would like to come to your home!
What a great craft - and the instructions are very clear, with super pictures - I am a visual learner and the photos really added to my understanding of how I might go about making some of these myself. Great job!
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Awesome. Looks like it would smell good, but I'm not really into those things.
mrbob10006 years ago
wow... this taught me what garland was... i think im gonna make some garland some time soon
Amazingly done Instructable. Great pictures, steps are easy to follow, they look good enough to eat!