Citrus Garland: DIY Christmas Garland

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Crafting our own Citrus Garland, amidst the holiday bustle, envelops our home with enchantment, especially with my 1-year-old. As we delicately unwrap treasured ornaments, meticulously untangle twinkling lights, and share laughter while the train circles the Christmas tree (repeatedly… haha), every moment weaves a magic that transcends the ordinary.

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Homemade and simple citrus garland

Embracing the Citrus

Furthermore, as I hang ornaments and stockings, I find myself transported back to my own childhood, reliving the excitement of Christmas mornings and the anticipation that filled the air. But this time, it’s different – it’s amplified, it’s brighter, and it’s filled with the pure, unadulterated joy of experiencing it all anew through my little one’s perspective. You realize as a parent that the Christmas magic we witnessed as young kids was your own parent’s excitement as they watched your joy and wonder.

Homemade Citrus Garland-Easy and fills your home with the sweet citrus smell.

Citrus Garland: Crafting Christmas Magic

Amidst the festive rush, crafting our unique citrus garland becomes a heartwarming tribute to the simple joys of the season. This joyful journey unfolds effortlessly, from carefully slicing vibrant oranges and lemons to infusing our home with their fresh, zesty fragrance. With each slice releasing its aromatic charm, the holiday spirit swirls through our home, spreading warmth and cheer. To begin your own aromatic adventure, gather just a few simple tools: hemp wax string, baking sheets, a knife, and scissors.

The Citrus Aroma of Christmas

Ah, the intoxicating scent that permeates the air while we delicately string together these citrus slices is nothing short of magical. It’s the essence of Christmas itself, harmonizing with the inviting fragrances of pine and cinnamon, cocooning our home in a cozy blanket of seasonal happiness. Moreover, the real magic lies in the personalized touch our decorations exude. Each individual slice of citrus, with its distinct shape and vibrant hue, contributes to the evolving narrative of our holiday journey.

Homemade Citrus Garland-Easy and fills your home with the sweet citrus smell.

A Memory, Not Just a Project

Crafting this garland has been more than a DIY project; it’s about nurturing traditions while sowing the seeds for new ones, celebrating the season’s magic in our own unique way. So, here’s to embracing the joy of Christmas, cherishing the magic of decorating with loved ones, and discovering the beauty in crafting our own festive decorations!

May your holiday season continue to be filled with the extraordinary magic created by shared moments and the joy of traditions, both old and new!

Tools I use for this:

Hemp Wax

Homemade Citrus Garland

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Homemade Citrus Garland
Cook Time:13 hours


  • 2 Large Naval Oranges
  • 1 Grape fuit
  • 2 Lemons
  • Scissors
  • Hemp wax string
  • baking sheets
  • 1 toothpick


  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees
  • Slice your citrus 1/4 inch thick and place on your baking sheet. The thicker the citrus is the longer it takes to bake.
  • Once you have cut all of your citrus and put it on your baking sheet, put in the oven and allow to bake for up to 10 hours. Flipping your citrus over half way through. The bigger the citrus the longer it takes (ie. grapefruit)
  • Once your citrus is crisp and no longer has any moisture left. Remove from the oven and let cool
  • Cut your hemp wax to your desired length.
  • Taking your toothpick, gently poke two holes at the top of your citrus and thred your hemp wax string through each hole. Poking two holes, rather than one, will ensure that your citrus stays in place and does not slide up and down your hemp wax string.
  • Continue to do so until you get to your desired length. And that is it! Hang it up and enjoy the subtle citrus smell!


  • If your citrus is completely dry (meaning there is zero moisture left). You can store it. Wrap it gently in wrapping paper and place it in a plastic baggy, and store it in a dry area where it is not going to have something sit on top of it. It can last up to two years!
Cost: 5

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