Cloved Oranges

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com



When was the last time you made cloved oranges?

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com

For me it was when I was in Brownies. So, maybe ten years ago? Or more :)

They are SUPER simple to make.

All you need is a can of cloves (found in the spice aisle of the grocery store),

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com

some oranges and a wooden skewer.

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com

I planned out an elaborate design for each orange, and then realized that oranges are round and it’s hard to make straight lines on a round item. So I opted for more simple designs.

Really, you should have seen my depiction of The Last Supper that I was going to make on the oranges.

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com

Just poke a hole in the orange and then push in a clove.

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com

Cloves are pointy by nature, so you wouldn’t have to use a skewer to make a hole, it just saves you a little time to poke a hole first.

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com

The smell of the clove mixed with the juice of the orange is heavenly.

How to make cloved oranges aka a pomander.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  via houseofhawthornes.com

They only take about five minutes each to make and the cost of three oranges and a can of cloves is around $5.00.

Those Brownies know something about making easy and classic crafts.

How to make cloved oranges.  A simple, inexpensive way to add traditional holiday decor (and aroma) to your home.  I made these when I was in Brownies!!!



Edited To Add – I was wondering why they don’t mold or attract gnats or anything like that, because I swear my mom used to keep hers for years. It appears the cloves help preserve the orange as it dries and acts as an anti-microbial. Cloves are one of the spices the Egyptians used for embalming, so I guess it makes total sense now.

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  1. says

    This is always an excellent craft activity for kids to do. My daughter made one two years ago and it’s still going strong! There is a danger that they can turn mouldy and so the advice is, I believe, to pop the newly cloved orange into a paper bag and put it in a dry warm place for a few days to dry out and bob’s yer uncle. xx

  2. says

    As a former Girl Scout, way back when… I admit to making this too. Thank you for reminding me that simple things can be more festive, than something you spend alot of money on. If I remember, the smell is heavenly. Take care.

  3. says

    This is such a cute idea. I was just thinking about it yesterday, that’s so funny that you posted this. I wonder if it would work with little clemintines?

  4. says

    I would make these with my mom. The funny thing is, I can’t remember anything else that we made together. We would cover the orange and my fingers would hurt. Like your idea to poke them first. I can smell them through the computer.

  5. says

    When I was first married years ago and lived on base housing, I remember making some and sitting them in the bathroom to make the bathroom smell good. It worked! I love the smell of oranges and cloves together!~Hugs, Patti

  6. says

    I love cloved oranges! We used to make one every year at Christmas time when I was growing up, but it’s been years since we made one. We used to attach some ribbon loops to the top and make it kind of like a kissing ball, so it could hang. My mom would hang it in a doorway, with a little bit of greenery so you could smell it when you walked into the room.

  7. says

    Oh I had forgotten about those, but they smell so good. I really need to make some. Yours look so pretty and are beautifully displayed. Thanks for reminding me. Thanks also for the comments about the old fashioned tree. I can’t wait to see yours. I love to see all the wonderful vintage and collected ornaments everyone has. Hugs, Marty

  8. says

    I can imagine the wonderful scent just looking at your photos! It’s been years since I’ve seen that done but it’s just about time to go to the orchards here in Florida for fresh oranges! ♥

  9. says

    I wanna see your take on The Last Supper lol!!!
    These look great. Too bad I quit Brownies or else I too would know how to make them!
    I love your new banner Pam. I sure do miss my red cardinals. They don’t have them here :( !
    Hope to do a post soon…if they ever let me out of work!

  10. says

    You totally crack me up. This post is just what I needed tonight. I haven’t thought about clove oranges in a million years. Such a fun memory. Your new blog header is divine. Beautiful images.

  11. says

    Thanks for reminding me. I did these a few years ago. I can practically smell them from your awesome pictures. It’s my granddaughter’s turn for a sleepover tomorrow. This would be a fun project for us.

  12. says

    I love the smell of orange and clove, and the pine needles look so pretty next to them. I used to go to my sister’s house, and she would always have the smell of orange and clove in her kitchen. Made me feel so welcome.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  13. says

    Amazing. This is something I see every Christmas yet have never done. I guess I’m always nervous a dog will eat them or something. I do love the orange with the brown as a tropical Christmas color scheme. andrea@townandprairie

  14. says

    I’ve put the whole cloves in the peels and boiled them for the smell, but I’ve never done this. It’s much prettier! Definitely going to try it! :)

    Kelly

  15. says

    Isabella and I will do this over the weekend I remember as a little girl always having cloved oranges, The scent amazing!!

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  16. says

    They had oranges way back then?! Ha! Well, I guess so, you did say it was only 10 years ago.
    Only thing I remember from Brownies was someone taught me the wrong words to The Ants Go Marching 1 by 1. During our program everyone got quiet and I sang out to KISS HIS BEHIND on they go marching 9 by 9. I’m still scarred by that.
    I’ve never made these but I plan too now…I remember the wonderful smell. Do you remember the Brownie promise? Post the sketch for your Lord’s Supper.

  17. says

    The cloves may be pointy – but the skewer saves your fingers! Also, makes it easier to do w/ little ones — I poke w/ the skewer & they put the clove in so much more easily. OR they poke w/ both skewer and clove! If making a design, it’s easier to lightly draw a design (simple or ornate) w/ pencil and use it as a guide (for yourself or for child).

  18. says

    I love to make orange pomanders for Christmas. I remember making them in elementary school. And, you’re right. It’s easier to make simple designs, and use a skewer to make the holes. I make them almost every year. Love the fragrance. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

  19. says

    I was just thinking of making orange cleaner, you know, with vinegar and orange peels. Anyways I wonder if adding the cloves to it would work too. I guess I shall have to experiment and see.

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