I’ve made several dried fruit garlands for Christmas, but this one may be my favorite because it’s so much easier to do. Plus, it’s easy to save and reuse the next year.
Here is how to make a dried fruit and herb Christmas garland the easy way. I’ll show you step by step how to create a unique garland for Christmas.
Plus, I’ve updated this original post to share how you can store your garland and refresh it for another holiday season.
Materials Needed for Christmas Garland
First, many of the items are optional. You can choose from several fruits and herbs as well as the ornaments that you want to add. However, here is what I used.
Sage & Rosemary gathered from my garden.
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- Heavy jute rope
- Dried Oranges – see how to dry fruit here.
- 3 Ball shaped ornaments
- 2 Snow Flake shaped ornaments
- 6 – Old Book or Music Pages Folded
- 11 – 1 inch Wooden Beads – 1 inch painted red or your choice of color.
- Large eye needle
- Small Jute String
- Herbs of your choice – Rosemary & Sage can be substituted with Boxwood, pine, cedar or other herbs from your garden.
Dried Oranges that are used in the garland. See how to dry your fruit here.
Determine the length of your Christmas Garland
Now that you have your materials gathered for your dried fruit garland, you should cut your heavy jute rope to the desired length. In addition, you will want to allow extra length to form a tassel at the ends of the garland. I recommend allowing more length than you think you’ll need because you can always cut of the excess.
Note: It’s better to have extra length than to cut the rope too short.
I will definitely be cutting some of this tassel off. LOL
You will want to unravel the ends and then tie the unraveled ends into a knot. Once the knot is secure, continue to unravel to form a tassel like appearance.
Combine your herbs or greenry
For each step, you will need your needle threaded with the small jute string.
Note: If the string wants to unravel, preventing you from threading the needle, wrap the string with tape and slide through the needle opening. Much like the method used here for the ticking tassels.
Begin by attaching the herb stems together with the jute string approx. 10 inches long. Then thread the needle into one end of the string to attach the orange slices. I used two stems of Rosemary and one stem of Sage in the center.
Bring the jute string in from the back of the herbs and then through the dried orange slices. Be sure to pull the string gently because you can pull completely through the oranges and leave a hole.
Ball Ornament for Dried Fruit Garland
This next step is where you can be creative and make any combination you choose. I personally, used dried fruit, herbs, wooden beads, and music note pages, in addition to the ball ornament.
Once again, begin by threading the needle with the jute string. Tie one end to the ornament hanger and begin loading the additional items by threading them onto the jute string.
Here is the order I used to make this segment of the garland.
- Music page
- Wooden bead
- Small piece of fresh sage
- Three orange slices
- Wooden bead
- Music page
- Wooden bead
The snowflake ornaments can be attached as they are, however I added a wooden bead to the jute string.
Tie all the sections together for your garland
Finally, you want to lay your large jute rope out and align the different sections. Once you have them in a desirable arrangement, begin to tie them to the large rope securely.
Hang your Dried Fruit & Herb Garland
I have hung a garland over my kitchen window for several years and therefore, I have a couple of simple nails at each end with a small cup hook in the center.
Place you garland in the desired area and if the tassels need trimming, cut them at that time. Mine definitely needs a trim. LOL
It’s hard to get a good photo because of the glare from the outside.
See Video Tutorial Here
See this easy garland tutorial for more inspiration.
I love the whimsical look of this garland. However, if you’d like to see the original dried fruit garland tutorial, you can watch here on my Instagram Stories.
Year Two – How to Reuse this Garland
First, when I stored the garland after Christmas, I removed all the fresh herbs because they had dried to a crisp. LOL.
I stored all the remaining pieces in a plastic bag with Silica Packets.
You might also enjoy How to prepare for Christmas Decorating.
How it’s time to refresh and reuse the garland.
Refresh Christmas Garland
Begin by cutting a few fresh herbs.
Using a hot glue gun, attach the herbs in the same spot they were located in last year.
Recreate the herb swags with twine or jute string and hot glue the dried oranges back to the herbs.
The cordless Ryobi Hot Glue Gun was so convenient for attaching all the fruit and herbs back together.
Tie all the pieces back onto the jute rope and hang. The dried fruit garland looks fresh and new again.
Ready for another holiday season.
Watch Video – Refreshing last years garland
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