Many dried fruits and spices are suitable for threading together into a garland. As ever, my two personal favourites are cinnamon sticks and orange slices.
The pic below is of a garland I made for my tree a couple of years ago. Dried orange slices are easy to buy online, or leave fresh orange slices in a cool oven (30degC) for a few hours to dry out. My garland was threaded with natural raffia.
This pic was taken in my kitchen. Again, I threaded the dried chillies together using natural raffia. I pierced a hole just under the stalk on the chilli. They are a lovely shade of glossy dark burgundy red.
This garland was on display in a laurel tree outside my house last year – see the post on how I made the garland. It comprises of a length of cinnamon sticks threaded with florists wire, decorated at intervals with ribbon and orange slices.
Here are two garlands I have bought ready-made. Ready-made garlands can be expensive, but might act as inspiration in future years! This first one shows how simple it can be to thread different items onto a string for an impressive effect.
This second ready-made Christmas garland would be simple to copy at home, and it would be lovely if the items used had been collected on a winter walk! It would be very simple to make twig bundles like the ones shown, tied together with string or florists wire.
P.S. Below are some links you might find useful.