The crisp scent of an orange and clove centerpiece will make your home smell amazing.

How to Make a Centerpiece With Oranges and Cloves

by Diann Cabler

When the cool, crisp air of autumn begins to creep in, and leaves begin to turn beautiful colors, it brings to mind other autumn pleasures. Bonfires, hayrides, mulled cider, pumpkin carving, the warm glow of a fireplace and families getting together occupy thoughts. Orange and clove centerpieces are inexpensive to make, and the crisp scent of citrus makes your home smell inviting to family and friends. Involve kids in the project by letting them design the oranges.

Wrap each orange vertically with grosgrain ribbon. Hot glue the ribbon at the top and bottom of the orange to secure it. Center thin gold scalloped ribbon over the grosgrain ribbon and hot glue the thin ribbon at the top and bottom to secure it. Make a small bow out of the thin gold scalloped ribbon, then glue it to the top of the orange over the ribbon.

Draw a dotted pattern on each orange with the felt-tip markers where you would like the cloves to be placed. The pattern can be vertical lines, swirls, geometric designs or freehand designs of your choice. Kids can help with this by drawing their own designs on the oranges. They can write their names on the oranges for a personalized design.

Poke a clove into each dot on the designs. Continue to do this until each dot in the designs is covered. Look the designs over and add cloves to fill in bare spots if needed. The dry cloves draw the juice out of the oranges, creating an amazing smell in your house.

Place cedar sprigs in the bottom of the large wooden bowl. Add oranges to fill the bottom, then place more oranges in pyramid fashion until the bowl is filled. Add cedar sprigs between oranges to fill in any gaps. Place small pine cones around amid the oranges and cedar sprigs.

Items you will need

  • Grosgrain ribbon, 1-inch thick
  • Thin gold scalloped ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Fabric scissors
  • Felt-tip markers
  • Large wooden bowl
  • Small pine cones
  • Cedar sprigs


  • Orange and clove pomanders can be hung from the doorway like mistletoe or used to mark place settings.
  • Orange and clove pomanders make excellent gifts for friends or for your children's teachers.


  • Do not leave the hot glue gun plugged in while it is not in use.
  • Keep cloves out of reach of small children, as they can be a choking hazard.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Diann Cabler was co-owner of a home remodeling and construction company for 25 years. She is experienced in all areas of new home construction and remodeling. She is currently working on a non-fiction novel.

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