Hello, I'm Cindy and I blog over at Cloches & Lavender where I share painting furniture ideas, DIY crafts, Upcycling and the occasional recipe.
I hope to inspire my readers to be creative, enjoy painting furniture with different techniques.
I enjoy upcycling pieces and giving them new life too.
Today I am sharing a dehydrated fruit & chestnut garland with you. I wanted to share this so you can make one for your home in time for Christmas. A dehydrated fruit & chestnut garland is perfect for Christmas.
Also, this garland would work for your fall decorating as well next year so it's a two for one craft.
I made my first dehydrated fruit piece in this post you may enjoy. The decision to make this garland came from that post as well as this post of easy DIY snowy houses. Because I made these houses I thought a dehydrated fruit & chestnut garland would add a pretty touch. Besides waiting for the fruit to dehydrate, this dehydrated fruit & chestnut garland is very easy to make and is fun for the entire family.
Let's Begin With What You Need for the Dehydrated Fruit & Chestnut Garland
- 1 bag red delicious apples
- 1 bag granny smith apples
- 2 lemons
- 1 bag oranges
- Halos or Tangerines optional
- Whole oranges optional
- baking sheets
- stainless steal cookie racks
- medium bowl
- real chestnuts in the shell walnuts in the shell can be substituted
- oven or dehydrator
- fishing line
- drill for drilling holes in chestnuts or walnuts
- polyurethane, optional
For my garland I also dehydrated whole oranges and a bag of Halos, tangerines would also work. These need to dehydrate over night. You'll see in the photos they truly make a statement and a great addition.
First Steps for Making Your Dehydrated Fruit & Chestnut Garland
Preheat your oven to 140/150. If your oven doesn't go that low set it to 180.Meanwhile, place your cookie cooling racks on your sheets pans. After getting all your supplies begin by slicing your lemons in half. Lemons are necessary because the lemon juice will be used to keep your apple slices from getting brown. Begin slicing your apples 1/4 inch thick. Red delicious apples for instance were chosen because of their dark red color. Adding cinnamon makes these smell wonderful too.
Next, squeeze your lemon juice into your bowl. As a result of trying to use a pastry brush on my first apple slice in the end putting the juice in a bowl is faster. Also, it coats the apples better.
The apples took up approximately three baking sheets. Now place them into the preheated oven and allow them to dehydrate for 8 hours. As a rule, it's a good idea to turn them at the halfway mark. After the apples are dehydrated store in a brown paper bag while dehydrating your next fruit.