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How to Make a Dried Fruit & Herb Garland

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.

Herbs gathered for Dried Fruit and Herb Christmas Garland

Sage & Rosemary gathered from my garden.

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Dried fruit to use in Christmas Garland

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.

Rope for Dried Fruit Garland

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.

  1. Music page
  2. Wooden bead
  3. Small piece of fresh sage
  4. Three orange slices
  5. Wooden bead
  6. Music page
  7. Wooden bead
Make a creative swag to attach to your Christmas Garland

Snowflake Ornaments

The snowflake ornaments can be attached as they are, however I added a wooden bead to the jute string.

Snowflake to use on Christmas Garland

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.

Lay out your Dried Fruit and Herb Christmas Garland

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.

Dried Fruit and Herb Christmas Garland hanging in window above Kitchen sink.

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


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I can’t wait to share my next adventures with you!

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Here is how to make a dried fruit and herb garland the easy way.  I'll show you step by step how to create a unique garland for Christmas using items of your choice to make your garland as unique as you are.  Helpful tips on stringing the garland and drying the oranges as well.

Janis Ferra

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Love that garland! Beautiful.

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Sunday 29th of November 2020

Thanks, I'm so glad you like it. Rachel

Kelly Radcliff

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Rachel this is such a great tutorial! The garland is son pretty and so creative. I love it! I wish I had a kitchen window above our sink...someday! Pinning!

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Sunday 29th of November 2020

Kelly, Thanks so much! I appreciate you so much for all you do. Rachel

Cindy@CountyRoad407

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

okay, so you know what I'm about to say right? I loved this so much I'm featuring it over at the Farmhouse Friday Link party! Congrats! You deserve it.

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Monday 23rd of November 2020

Cindy, You are the sweetest. Thank you.

Julie Briones

Monday 16th of November 2020

I love this natural herb and fruit garland, Rachel! Perfect for a rustic farmhouse look! I'll be featuring you tomorrow at Tuesday Turn About! Pinned (twice!)

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Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Julie, I really appreciate this. Thanks so much Rachel

Cindy

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Hi Rachel,

Can you believe I just putting my dried fruit garland together this weekend?

I did ut differently but it's beautiful. Sharing very soon.

Cindy

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Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Cindy, I can't wait to see. Thanks for stopping by. Rachel