Apple slice garland

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Make beautiful hanging decorations and gift them to friends and family to celebrate Yule, Christmas or adorn your own home and enjoy the festive holiday with handmade garlands of natural & man-made resources  view larger

Make an apple ring garland for yule
  
You'll need

red berry Apples of any colour - ready dried on amazon.co.uk

 
red berry Lemon Juice
 
red berry Pinch of salt
  
red berry Bay leaves - fresh or dried
   
red berry Fir or pine cones
 
red berry Red tipped artificial berry stamens on amazon.co.uk
 
red berry Garden wire - on amazon
 
red berry Fabric strips and ribbon;
  gingham , 4mm satin & 6mm grosgrain

red berry Optional cinnamon sticks   

Making your garland 
1. Place the apples on their side and cut into 5mm slices.

2. Pour 8oz lemon juice into a bowl, sprinkle in the salt and stir until the salt dissolves.





Soak apple slices in a solution of lemon juice and salt
3. Heat the oven to 200 degrees °F
4. Dry each round of apple thoroughly between absorbent cloth and place each rings on a non-stick baking tray.
5. Bake for about an hour turning the slices over after 30 minutes.

Gradually they'll dehydrate and take on a springy foam texture.


Bake the dried slices overnight on a low heat

What your finished slices shouldn't look like :( !

If you remember to press each slice of apple firmly between fabric to dry it thoroughly before baking you ought to avoid the caramalisation that ours experienced oops!

Remember to press slices in a towel to dry or they'll look like this!
This is where amazon worked wonders, our garland features a bolster pack when the apples at home ran short!

6. When threading the leaves & dried apple rings a hole punch came in useful for us as it cut small clean areas that helped prevent slices & leaves from splitting as the wire passed through.
How to make a handmade apple slice garland

Designing your garland lay out ..


Count up the leaves, the apple rounds and pine cones and mark out a repetitive pattern .. 

Flexibly .. ours went along the lines of 3 apple slices, 2 bay leaves, 2 apple slices, 3 bay leaves, 1 fir cone ... repeat


To secure the fir cones in place wrap a length of 4mm ribbon around the upper scales of each cone and use it to tie to the wire. The ribbon allows the cones to slide which is great if they need re-positioning.

Once this foundation is complete add berry stamens,  ribbons and fabric ties.

     


Hook or loop the ends of the wire and hang as a garland or curl into a circular wreath.

This activity page was first uploaded back in November 2013 and for the third year now our garland has again been hung and still smells as gorgeous as the day the bay leaves were first picked!

Please have fun your makes xx
 

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