Orange Cloves Christmas Ball

These orange clove balls make great end of year gifts for kids to give to teachers and also make nice table decorations for Christmas functions and parties.

Orange Cloves Christmas Ball

What you need

Large orange
Whole Cloves
Ribbon for hanging


Start by using the toothpick to make holes in your orange. This hole will be used to put the whole clove into.

Keep adding the cloves until your whole orange is covered.

Cloves Orange Half

Cloves Orange

Use some ribbon to tie a large bow around the orange for hanging.


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  1. Love this I made these many years ago, now want to do with grandchildren. They last forever.

  2. Margaret Wilkens says:

    I didn’t realise that the cloves preserved the orange. When I last made one of these, we called it a pomander ball, and after we covered the orange with cloves, we then rolled it in a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and orris root powder, then rolled it in newspaper and placed it in a dark cupboard for about 6 weeks. the orange would dry out and shrink, the orris root powder is a preservative, and it smelled wonderful. we then placed some velvet ribbon around it with a loop at the top to hang it in a cupboard. It keeps moths etc away, and makes everything in the cupboard smell so good. Great gift idea.

  3. I try to make these every year! They smell so wonderful and always look great on the table!!

  4. I just made a mini-version with a “cutie” orange, and it is “CUTE”! These small oranges are quite juicy and it smells WONDERFUL! I did not pierce the entire orange, but made a spiral design that looks very cool! I think I will let my sons class make these for a take-home holiday gift!

  5. I have trouble w/ my oranges wanting to sort of rot. I remember making these as a child in the 50s, and had no such trouble. Is there a way to dry them faster?

  6. Hi and thankyou for sharing. Why do people take the time to leave such negative comments – they need to get a life as I think your lil website is lovely. I am going to try out this project this Christmas! ;)

  7. What a fantastic idea..I will definitely make these ornaments for the upcoming Christmas..I am not working at this time and it will be a tight one…homemade gifts are the best…thank you so much for sharing;)

  8. These make great gifts for anyone every Christmas. One neat trick is to place the cloves in small flower-like shapes, leaving gaps between each of the them. Tie the ribbon around the orange first, then start placing the cloves at the top, working downward as you go. Then fill in the bottom of the orange with cloves to fill in any leftover space. It makes a really cool looking ball when it’s finished, and the long lasting aroma will grace any home. A great gift that comes from the heart, not the wallet.

  9. I love these! I use a plastic fork to poke the holes – thereby putting 4 holes in at a time. I buy the oranges with the pits in them as the skin is thinner than the naval oranges and I’ve also used lemons and limes (which when they dry – end up the size of golf balls and look cute on the tree or on a wreath.)

    I would like to ask for advice as to what spices to combine to roll them in after the smell has gone or maybe I should use an oil?

    Thanks for a great site!

  10. What a great project, and easy too!!!
    definitely will be making this!!!

    As for Xharm- you know, for someone who doesn’t like anything about this website, I noticed you actually took the time to sign up, browse, and comment…… so It’s either you are bitter, or are attention seeking……
    If you don’t like this site- don’t go on it. Let the rest of us enjoy it!!!!

    Happy Holidays everyone!!!

  11. I made my Aunt one of these 4 years ago…every year she wraps it up after Christmas, and packs it away…and it still smells wonderful!
    To the crafter who asked if the cloves preserve the orange, the answer is yes.
    I tie thin, pretty ribbon on mine and make a loop for hanging, and I set a bowl of them out every Christmas! Love them!

  12. Thank you.
    I was watching a movie (The Big Chill) where a girl was making one of these and I
    wanted to know exactly what she was doing. You filled in the rest of the picture :).

    Happy Holidays!

  13. I too have a comment to make to Xharm.
    You have NO clue on whats good and bad. No imagianay thought either. You are rude and you may have gathered you have annoyed a few thousand fans.
    Didn’t anyone ever tell you growing up ” its better not to say anything if you have nothing nice to say”.
    Right back to being a true fan of this web site, The idea’s are just fantastic and really positive feedbacks makes it all worth trying out.
    Cheers to all, merry xmas!

  14. Thank you for the great idea, I have been looking to make these for years now. My 3 year old son and I just made cinnamon ornaments.. Now we will try these! Sorry you have a real scrooge posting — I am sure it is probably the same person each time, who is obviously jealous of the praise you are getting and of the site you have created for others to enjoy.. :) I love you site and will continue to use it…. Thanks!

  15. ratings blessings

  16. I remember how wonderful these smelled when I made them as a child. I had fogotten all about them until I read a reference to them in a book I was reading. I have a musty closet that I think these would be the perfect solution for. Thank you so much for you page!!

  17. actually, they are used to keep bugs out of the kitchen. roaches don’t like cloves or citrus.

  18. This may end up being a duplicate post, but it doesn’t look like my previous post took… timed out or something.

    I remember making these in the 50s when I was in Brownies. They smell so good. I’m going to bookmark this craft to make next year. They’re also great to hang in the closet. I think I remember being told they help protect against moths because of the clove scent. Sure would smell a whole lot better than moth balls! LOL

  19. I make these with my two chikdren 4 and 11 , we all make them for ukrainan christmas, its tradition, they are anazing, smell ever so sweet and teaches the kids about some of my past and hopfully they will pass it on to their kids when the time comes around, time hourned traditions never die just get passed on one way or another. LOL

  20. I am a little confused. Is this the same as a pomander? I know it is sort of the same idea, but usually pomanders are rolled in spices and left to dry for a few months. Does the orange go bad or do the cloves help preserve it? How long do they last?
    I always think that things like this make excellent presents (at least for me. I know some people wouldn’t “get it”) ! They are unique and sort of tickle my nostalgia a bit. I know the smell of a pomander is an incredibly soothing experience, and from the positive reviews I would assume the same from this.

    “OH HOW CHEAP !! If I got this for Christmas, its going in the trash !”

    Good thing nobody likes you enough to get you anything you ungrateful prat.


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