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.

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.

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.”



  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


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