Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Clove-Studded Orange Sign

I remember the third grade being a very crafty year…my teachers introduced us to a lot of new skills, including hand embroidery! During the holidays it was craft central in our class, and the one that stands out in my memory is clove-studded oranges.

Clove-Studded Orange Sign by The Silly Pearl

You need just a few materials:

  • Oranges (I used Navel and Clementine)
  • Whole cloves
  • Washable Pen 
  • Push pin


Write the letters onto each orange. I just free-handed it.


Use a pushpin to create a hole for your clove


Start pushing in the cloves (you might not always need the pushpin). Smells SOOO good already!


I used about half of a one-ounce bottle of cloves.


And it took me about half an hour, so it’s a quick project. This also a perishable project, so I’ll probably use the other half of my cloves closer to Thanksgiving.


Thanks to Martha for the inspiration for the letters and tips (Martha Stewart Living, October 2010, page 42 …this is a photo of my own magazine).

Martha Stewart

As mentioned, I first did this craft when I was in the third grade, so it’s definitely a kid-friendly project. However, even with the pushpins it does take a bit of oomph to push in the cloves sometimes, so for now I didn’t have my girls help me with that part. Instead, they helped in their own ways, as usual:

Sarah was my staging assistant:


And Sophie was the official orange and clove smeller. “Snnniifffffff…AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH.”



Linking: Setting of Four Thanksgiving Linky


  1. That is sooo cute! I totally remember making clove studded oranges, but I think it was in Girl Scouts. I think my daughter and I have a preoject to do! Yay! I can smell it now!

  2. LOVE this idea, Steph! I'm featuring it on my Everything Thanksgiving Celebration wrap-up tomorrow...thank you so so much for linking up!!!

  3. Thanks for linking this beautiful and natural Thanksgiving sign at the Traditions N~S~E~W Linky party! The combination of oranges and cloves must smell heavenly :) Sharing this on facebook!

  4. Hi Steph! I am featuring your DIY Give Thanks sign today on my blog! http://www.settingforfour.com/2012/10/need-some-thanksgiving-holiday.html
    Thanks for linking it up to the Traditions Thanksgiving Linky Party!

  5. Love this idea and I bet your house smelled yummy! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursdays.


  6. This is such an awesome idea! I've been making clove studded oranges since I was a child but have never thought to spell out a message. Genius!

    I'm sharing this on FB today! https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaSweetPeaBlog


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...