By Bev's Fabric Crafts
A garland of dried apples, oranges rind, orange slices , nutmeg, cinnamon , anise, bay leaves and nuts adds color and scent to a room.
6 Strands Raffia, 1 yard each
24 Cinnamon Sticks,
27 Dried Orange Slices
27 Dried Apple Slices
24 Dried Orange ribbon Slices
24 Bay Leaves
Floral Wire, 18-22 Gauge
How to prepare your dried fruit : Before making your garland you will need to dry your fruit slices. Slice fruit into 1/4 inch slices and place on paper towel lined dish. Cover with more paper towels. Line a glass pie pan with 4 layers of paper towels Microwave the fruit at 50 percent power for 3 minutes. If your microwave oven does not have a carousel, turn the dish a quarter-turn. Turn the fruit over and arrange the slices on dry areas of the paper towels. Microwave the fruit again at 50 percent power for 2 minutes.Let the fruit air dry for a day or two. Put the fruit slices on a glass plate that has been lined with paper towels and place in a warm, dry place It will speed up the drying time if you change the towels several times. This will give your slices a better color.To dry apples, dip the slices in lemon juice to prevent them from discoloring. Then follow the microwave instructions for citrus fruit.
1.Take a foot length of wire and twist a small loop at one end. Run 3 strands of raffia through the loop and knot them in the center. You may use any length of wire and adjust the materials accordingly.
2. Break all the cinnamon sticks in half. Use a large nail to make a small hole in the center of each one. The hole should just be large enough to thread the wire through.
3. Push the wire through the center of three apple slices to begin the garland. Add three cinnamon sticks, then three orange slices, 3 bay leaves, then another three cinnamon sticks. Add three more apple slices to start the pattern again. Continue stringing the materials in this order until gone or you have reached the desired length of garland.
4. Finish the garland by twisting the wire into a loop at the end and running the other 3 strands of raffia through the loop. Tie the raffia in a knot at the center of the lengths. Hang the garland by tying the raffia ends onto the object. It may be draped horizontally or vertically.
Holiday Variations: Use large pinecones and holly leaves (instead of bay leaves) to make a holiday sugar and spice wreath.