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Orange with Cloves

Updated on December 13, 2012

Step by step guide on creating christmas oranges with cloves

Making Oranges with cloves is easy, cheap and the payout is awesome. Your home will smell delightfully christmassy and the combination of the red ribbon and the orange, orange lights up any room. Place it on a pile of pine branches for extra colourplay. As an added benefit, all of the materials needed to create clove stuffed oranges should be easily found in any convenience store or you can order them online directly from this lens for extra convenience.

This is a quick and easy self made christmas decoration that even younger children will be able to have fun with.

Materials needed to create Oranges with cloves

Here is the list of the 4 thing you will need in order to create your own christmas oranges.

Orange with Cloves step 1

First step is to get the materials needed. Find a table with a bit of space (you will need it for tying the ribbon) and set out the stuff so it is easy to get to.

Orange with Cloves step 2

Wrap the ribbon around the orange then twist and wrap it around the other way, just like you would wrap a christmas present. Now tie the ribbon in the top of the orange with a double knot. Make sure that the ribbon is tight around the orange so it doesn't slip out. If you are doing this with your children, then this is probably the one step where they will need a helping hand (or finger ;) ).

Orange with Cloves step 3

Now comes the best part. Get your whole cloves and start sticking them into the orange. You can make intricate designs with them or just place them evenly spread out in the orange. This step is the best because you will be enjoying the good smell of orange and cloves.

Children shouldn't have any issues with this step unless the orange is a bit hard in the shell, then it could be hard for younger children to pierce the orange with the cloves. If that is the case you can get a thin knitting pen and pre-pierce the orange for them.

Orange with Cloves step 4

Continue adding cloves until you are satisfied with the look of the orange. When that is done tie the ribbon together at the top and hang the orange with cloves in your window or tie the ribbon into a bow and place the orange in a bowl for table decoration.

The lovely smell of orange and cloves

For Christmas I normally hang and orange with cloves in each of the rooms of my apartment (except the living room). Along with the smell of fresh pine it is my favourite holiday odeur and it awakens my christmas spirit every time I get a wiff of the combined clove and orange smell.

I hope you have enjoyed the lens and that you will try out a clove filled orange as decoration this Christmas.

Happy Holidays! :)

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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    • Mistl profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @bluebatik: Hehe I can imagine. I have had the same issue when creating a lot of these Christmas decorations. What I suggest is that if your fingers gets sore from the cloves, find a timble and use that on the finger you are pushing with. It works very well. :)

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      7 years ago

      I remember making these one year for Christmas ages ago ... what fond memories! The instructions I had told you to cover the entire orange with cloves ... yikes! My fingers were so SORE from pushing in those cloves that I never made them again. Your idea of creating a pattern would be much easier!

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Remember these fondly from my childhood.

    • viscri8 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very nice lens -- I can feel the smell. Keep well!

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      8 years ago

      wow, this is so cool, never thought of anything like this, well done indeed!

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      8 years ago

      Delightfully and simply wonderfully blessed!

    • Craftymarie profile image


      8 years ago

      I love oranges with cloves too. Wonderful lens and photos.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I too love the scent of real orange and cloves (not the fake ones in bottles). Plus it's easy to make.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I haven't made an Orange with Cloves decoration in several years so appreciate this great reminder.

    • waterlily78 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is terrific, I was really wanting to make some of these as a centerpiece for my dining room table this year...

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      anji lm 

      8 years ago

      I only just found out about these about a month ago! It's a cool idea, I had to make one :) Smells nice!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      8 years ago

      How very unique!

    • iWriteaLot profile image


      8 years ago

      I forgot all about these. We used to do this in Girl Scouts. Thanks for the reminder.

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      8 years ago

      Sounds like it would smell quite lovely!

    • lilymom24 profile image


      8 years ago

      Brings back memories. We used to make these when I was in elementary school and they smelled so good. Great step by step instructions. =)


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