Create An Easy, Inexpensive Christmas Ornament Craft with a Heavenly Scent

How can you make a Christmas ornament craft with a sweet scent? Just use an orange, whole cloves, and ribbon!

With just an orange, whole cloves, and ribbon, you can create a beautifully fragrant Christmas ornament craft that’s easy enough for kids!

I actually learned this fun craft from a former neighbor who also taught children’s church. My older daughter made one about three years ago, and we still have it to this day. It still smells fantastic, too!

Creating an Orange Clove Christmas Ornament

Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:

One orange
One container of cloves
Ribbon (it should be at least long enough to wrap around the orange three times)

To make the ornament:

1. Use a toothpick to poke holes all over the orange. This will make it easier for you to insert the cloves into the orange.

2. Start placing cloves into the holes. You can either alternate between steps 1 and 2, or you can put all the holes you want into the orange first, and then insert all the cloves.

3. Set the orange aside for at least 24 hours. The holes poked into the orange will allow it to dry out, which will cause the orange to shrink somewhat.

4. Tie the ribbon around the orange like you would a package. It is now suitable for hanging on the tree!


One concern you may have about this craft is whether the orange will rot or become moldy. That would certainly put a damper on things. But rest assured, our orange ornament has never gone bad. (It’s no longer orange, but that’s just the effect of drying out.) I think the way the orange is “vented” with the holes and the cloves allows the juice to dry out and prevents rotting.

So why not give this craft a try this weekend? This Christmas ornament will be a lovely addition to any tree, and it also makes a great gift!