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Using Dried Fruit For Christmas Decorations

Here are some ideas for using dried fruit for Christmas decorations.

You might have dried some citrus fruit out in the oven and be wondering what to do with it.

Or you made some with a plan in mind and you’ve got some left over.

Some of the ideas on the list will need more dried fruit than others. Some will need less. With some of them, you can use other things as to use dried fruit for Christmas decorations

1. Make tree decorations. String whole oranges and slices of fruit onto raffia or ribbon. You could add pine cones or cinnamon sticks too. You can find a tutorial for making them here.dried fruit decorations how to use dried fruit for christmas decorations

Or as an easy alternative, thread individual slices onto a piece of ribbon, tie the ribbon into a loop and hang them on the tree.

2. Make a garland. This one is made in a similar way to the decorations. Each section is made separately by threading fruit onto rafia and tying a loop at each end. The sections are then tied together with ribbon. You can read the tutorial for this here.fruit garland using dried fruit for christmas decorations

This garland is made in the same way but with a pine cone in between each section. The tutorial for this one can be found here.pine cone garland using dried fruit for christmas decorations

Or for a very quick, easy garland, you could tie slices of orange together with bakers’ twine or ribbon.

3. Make a wreath. You do need quite a lot of dried fruit for this!. Thread whole fruit and slices onto a wire coat hanger or thick garden wire, twist the ends together then hide the join with a bow.dried fruit wreath, citrus wreath, natural christmas using dried fruit for christmas decorations

4. Add some dried fruit to a wreath. If you don’t have enough fruit to make a whole wreath, you could add some to a wreath you have already either bought or made. Just thread some slices or whole fruit onto florists’ wire, twist the ends, then tuck them into the wreath to make a christmas wreath using dried fruit to make christmas decorations

5. Pop dried slices and whole fruit into a glass bowl or vase with pine cones, twigs and cinnamon sticks.

6. Add pine cones and dried fruit to a bowl or jar and put a candle in the middle and you’ve got an easy last minute centre piece!

What did you do with your dried fruit?

How To Crochet A Flower Garland

crocheted flower garland

I have been crocheting a lot of flowers recently, partly because I like them and partly because I wanted to crochet a flower garland. I like winter but I’m a bit bored of it now. It takes too long to get myself and the boys bundled into coats and hats and stuff whenever we need to go out and bus stops are chilly places. I spend a lot of time waiting at bus stops.

So here is a spring garland to tide us over until the real thing arrives hopefully in a couple of weeks!

To make the garland, I used 14 crocheted flowers and 12 leaves. With one exception, all the flowers and the leaves I have posted about previously and the tutorials for them are here:

Crocheted Flower Hair Bobble (I just used the flower and not the elastic, obviously!)crocheted flower

Crocheted Flower with Pointed Petalscrocheted flower

Crocheted Flower with Lace Petalscrocheted flower

Crocheted Flower with Contrasting Centrecrocheted flower

Crocheted Leavescrocheted leaf

If you prefer, text only pdf versions can be downloaded here:

Crocheted Flower Hair Bobble

Crocheted Flower with Pointed Petals

Crocheted Flower with Lacy Petals pdf

Crocheted Flower with Contrasting Centre

Crocheted Leaf.

Also the pdf for the pink lace flower can be downloaded here: Pink Crocheted Lace Flower

crocheted flower garlandHow to Crochet a Flower Garland

1. Make the flowers and leaves. I made 6 of the hair bobble kind, 2 white and 4 purple (the white ones used the same pattern but the yarn was thicker so they turned out larger), 3 with lace petals, 1 purple and 2 yellow, 2 with pointed petals in yellow, 2 with contrasting centres and 1 pink lace flower.

I made 12 leaves.crocheted flower garland

2. To join the flowers together, I made 72 cm of cord. I didn’t plan to make it 72 cm long, I just kept going until it looked long enough and measured it afterwards!crocheted flower garland

Here is how I made the cord:

4 ch, join with ss.

6 dc into ring. Join with ss.

1 ch, then *dc into next stitch* until the cord is long enough! Don’t join each round with a ss, just keep going round in a spiral.crocheted flower garland

Sew round the end of the cord and pull tight. Fasten off and weave in ends.

3. Next, arrange the flowers how you want them. I took a photo at this point to help remember the order.crocheted flower garland

4. Tuck the leaves in behind the flowers and take another photo.crocheted flower garland

5. To attach the flowers and the leaves to the cord, I sewed a button to the middle of each flower, sewing through the leaves and the cord at the same time.crocheted flower garland

I didn’t add any ties to my crocheted flower garland but if you wanted to you could crochet some ties, or sew on some elastic or ribbon.crocheted flower garlandcrocheted flower garlandcrocheted flower garlandcrocheted flower garlandcrocheted flower garlandI’m participating in some linky parties. To see which ones, the list is here!


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