Way back in the day I prided myself on being a good Brownie and Girl Scout. To this day many of my fondest memories of childhood stem from the things I did, and the things I learned while in these two great organizations. We were always making something, from cards to macrame plant holders to pottery. And at Christmas time I particularly remember making Clove Apples. The scent would linger for days.
I haven’t thought about those clove apples in years but recently, while cruising the internet, I somehow came across an article on making Clove Oranges. Now isn’t that just the Florida way?
Here’s how to make a Clove Orange to hang on your Christmas tree (per Home Made Gifts Made Easy):
You will need an orange, thin colored ribbon (enough to wrap around your orange twice and a bit more),and cloves.
Clove Orange Instructions
Feed the ends under the piece of ribbon at the top of the orange.
Tie a simple overhand knot to secure the ribbon in place.
Step 4, 5 & 6.
Now start pressing cloves into your orange.
You can also make pretty patterns on your orange with cloves. Try making stars, hearts and more!
Once you’re finished, hang the clove orange on your tree by tying it on with the extra ribbon, and enjoy the spicy Christmas aroma!
Alternatively, decorate several oranges (or clementines, mandarins, etc) with cloves and display them in bowls around the house. This will add a beautiful aroma to your rooms at Christmas time, and looks great too!