Create Aromatic Christmas Ornaments

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As a child, I remember my mother was creative and loved to do arts and crafts. She would crochet baby clothes, make pictures using counted cross-stitching or hand embroidery, and she loved making Christmas decorations. I am blessed, because she has passed these skills down to me by showing me how to do many of the activities.

One thing that stands out vividly in my memories are the Christmas ornaments we made each year. Mom would take a trip to the local arts and crafts store and would buy a variety of items which puzzled me. I was not quite sure what she planned to do with those items, but I knew whatever it was, we were about to have fun.

When we returned home, Mom explained that she wanted us to help her put together these Christmas ornaments. She told us they would take some time and she needed all the help she could get. So, we joined her and listened to her instructions, as the fragrant smell of cloves rose from the table.

Supplies Needed to Make Aromatic Christmas Ornaments

This is a list of items you will need to create your Christmas ornaments

1) Styrofoam craft balls. It does not matter what size ball you use, but I try to stick with small to medium-sized styrofoam balls because it takes less time to make the ornament.

2) Straight pins. Do not use the type of straight pins that have the colored balls on the end. The straight pins you need have a tiny, flat head on them.

3) Christmas ribbon. Choosing your Christmas ribbon is the fun part. Be sure not to select wide ribbon, as it will not fit the ball properly. For a larger ornament, I would not exceed 1 inch in width.

4) Whole cloves. This item is the most expensive item needed to make your aromatic Christmas ornament. I made the mistake once of purchasing the cloves at a grocery store, because a tiny bottle cost me over $4.00. I checked for clove prices online and found a good deal at Amazon for $7.70 a pound.

5) Scissors. You will need a sharp pair of scissors to cut the Christmas ribbon.

All the items you need to make this aromatic Christmas ornament are available for sale through Amazon and are displayed.

Spicy World Cloves, Whole, 1 Pound
Spicy World Cloves, Whole, 1 Pound

This is a great price on whole cloves.

Straight Pins-Size 17 400/Pkg
Straight Pins-Size 17 400/Pkg

These are the pins needed for the assembly.


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Assembling your Christmas Ornament

Assembling this aromatic Christmas ornament is easy to do, but it takes a little while to complete it. First, you want to cut strips of ribbon that will fit around the styrofoam ball with a slight amount of overlap. Pin the ribbon ends together with a couple straight pins, overlapping the ends of the ribbon. Flip the ball 180 degrees and stick a couple straight pins on the opposite side of the ribbon. Depending on the size of the styrofoam ball you use, either use two ribbon strips for medium-sized and smaller balls, and use three strips for larger styrofoam balls. The picture I included of the finished product is the ornament I made last Christmas, and it is the size of a softball.

Once you have applied your ribbons the way you want them, insert the pointed ends of the cloves into the styrofoam. Be sure to place the cloves close together. Be gentle with this step. It is easy to break off the tops of the cloves. But, even if you do, leave them in the ball anyway. It will happen. This step is the time consuming step, and you could be working on this step for a few hours. Call upon your children to help you, because they can poke the cloves into the ornament for you.

After you have covered all the bare spots on the styrofoam ball with cloves, cut a smaller piece of ribbon and make a loop out of it. Overlap the ends and use a few straight pins to pin the loop onto the spot where the other ribbons meet. The loop will help cover up the other pins and the overlaps of the other ribbons.

Ta-dah! You now have yourself a beautiful, aromatic Christmas ornament. Hang it up to give your home a delicious smell. When it is time to pack up your Christmas decorations, place your Christmas ornament in a zip-lock bag and save it for the following year. The ornament will hold the smell for a long time, if it is stored properly when not in use.


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lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

I am going to try making this ornament for the Christmas tree. Can't wait to get some of the craft items from the crafts store. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing.

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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Lady Rain, I would at least get the cloves off of They are listed at $7.70 a pound. The next cheapest online price I found was over $17 per pound. You will probably not find them much cheaper outside of Amazon. I included a link for Amazon.

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plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

Hi, using styrofoam craft balls is a good idea. Maybe berries or flowers can be stuck in the balls too. Useful hub, voted up!

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

It's that time of the year! My family loves to make ornaments for our tree. I wonder how long the cloves will smell and how long they will last. One of our favorites is making Angels from ribbon. I wrote a Hub about that. Read it when you have the time. Happy Crafting!

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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Hi, Mary615. I took the ornament that I made last year out of the Zip-Lock bag last night to take a picture for this article. It smelled as fresh as it did when I put it into storage at the first of the year. I remember the ornaments my mom made were used for quite a few years before they totally lost their smell. A Zip-Lock storage bag is the best option to preserve it.

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks JenJen0703 for reply. May I link this Hub into mine about making a Cup Cake Tower for Christmas? Check that one out when you have the time. See you around....

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

By the way, I fogot to ask: May I link this Hub also to mine about making Christmas Angels from ribbon? Thanks a bunch!

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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Hi Mary615, I have no problem with your link idea. That is what we are here for, to help and support each other. If my articles will bring joy or help to others, use them as you wish.

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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

Cool idea! I hadn't heard of this. I might hang one of these in my car...

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ytsenoh 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Excellent idea! Reminded me of the year I made gingerbread cookie ornaments. Thank you!

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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I love them. They smell really good, perfect smell for the Christmas season.

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Derdriu 5 years ago

JenJen0703: Homemade ornaments give such an involved, personal touch to festive occasions. What child forgets the creative fun of painting Easter eggs or being considered mature and responsible to help out on holiday preparations? Your ornament is beautifully (and undoubtedly aromatically) photogenic!

Thank you for sharing, voted up, and all categories too,


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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

I love this idea! It would be a fun project to make with the kids, minus the pins of course. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Making your own Christmas ornaments are so much fun and it's important to involve kids in these project so they learn from young age to appreciate hand-made craft.

Great hub!

Thank you for sharing.:)

Ambrosia 5 years ago

Way to go Jen!!! Proud of you!!

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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Aww...hey, are you cuz? When did you join HubPages?? I am glad to see you here!

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Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

I love this idea - I might give this a try this holiday season! Following others' comments, it sounds like these last in storage too which is fantastic.

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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Kris, I just store them in Zip-Lock storage bags. As a matter of fact, I dug mine out of the Christmas storage bin to see how it smelled, and it was holding the smell as strong as last year. Also, they take awhile to make, so I would encourage using smaller styrofoam balls. Buy the whole cloves in bulk, too, or they will cost a fortune. I have a link to buy whole cloves from Amazon for really cheap.

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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

Beautiful idea! I love the aromas of the holidays. The Christmas I was pregnant and miserable I decorated the tree with orange and apple slices I dried in the oven. It was definitely less work than dragging out all the ornaments. I had hoped they would make the house smell great, but they didn't. At least taking down the tree was very simple : ) I look forward to trying this idea.

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infoforum 5 years ago from Universe

enjoy ur christmas guys wishes frm pakistan :p


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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks infoforum...,Merry Christmas to you too!

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infoforum 5 years ago from Universe

i m muslim v dnt hv christmas tho i just commented because ur a gud frnd, tho uhv forgtn me but i remember u

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