DIY Dried Orange Wall Hanging | Guest Post by Terra Wood

Hey everyone! My name is Terra, and I own Wild Creek Co, a wooden toy shop for babes, and I’m mama to two little babes of my own, Fox and Esme. Growing up, my mom spent many a Christmas making new decorations, ornaments and treats to fill our home and the homes of friends and family. I love the handmade tradition, and I really want to continue it with my family. I’m here today to show you how to make this lovely and festive wall hanging. I absolutely adore this wall hanging because it’s a mix of traditional and modern. We love a little Scandinavian touch in our home, and the natural wood beads really do the trick. And the really lovely thing about this DIY is that it is very versatile and can easily morph to the style of your home. I think there are loads of variations that would be pretty, like pine cones instead of ornaments in the center or pine branches over the top of the dowel rod, or hung from a pretty branch!
To get started you will need:

  • Dowel Rod of 3/8", cut in half
  • Wood Beads, in several sizes
  • 2 Oranges, or more if you want longer strands 
  • Simple Ornaments or Natural Elements
  • String for strands

First, you will need to dehydrate the oranges. To do this, pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Thinly slice the oranges, pat dry and lay flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours, flipping every hour to ensure the oranges dry flat. 

While your oranges are drying, string the wood bead strands. Cut four lengths of string at 21 inches to lace the wood beads. I used three different sizes of beads, though two of my beads are so close in size that they almost look the same. If I were to do it again, I would either use just two sizes or use three sizes that vary more widely. I made two sets of wood strands; one set was very thin and the other had more variation. Tie a knot at one end of each length of string and lace the beads in no particular order to create a varied look, or create your own pattern for structure.  Leave several inches at the top of the strand to tie onto the dowel rod.

Once the oranges are dehydrated, it’s time to lace them onto the string.  Cut two lengths of string, tie a knot at one end of each length of string and lace the oranges by poking two holes on opposite sides of the oranges and threading the string through. 
For the ornaments, I looped each ornament through the one above it so they are securely hanging from each other. I think any simple ornament or natural element (like pine cones) would be beautiful as the centerpiece of this wall hanging.
Tie each strand securely onto the dowel rod and tuck the knot behind so it isn’t too visible.   Separate each strand evenly across the dowel rod. And, you’re done! Hang it on your wall, drink some hot cocoa and admire your new creation.

We are loving this unique take on the classic orange garland! Thank you so much to our sweet friend, Terra, over at Wild Creek Co. If you haven't taken a look at her adorable wooden toys for children, please do! We love everything she has to offer, and she is so wonderful to work with. We love you, Terra!! (:

xoxo Kayla