The holidays get expensive.
Between buying Christmas presents for others, traveling between family functions and planning parties at your place, the last thing you have money for is buying strings of lights and greens.
If you are looking for a way to spruce up your place without spending a lot, try cloving oranges. They can serve as a table centerpiece as well as a sweet-smelling potpourri.
Here’s what you need:
2 .62 oz. containers of whole cloves
4 navel oranges
1 clear bowl or vase
Take one whole clove and pointy-side-down, poke it into the side of an orange. Repeat in a pattern of your choice.
I’ve decorated my oranges with hearts, swirls and lines. Be mindful that the closer to the top and bottom of the orange you puncture, the more difficult it is to push the clove through.
Puncturing the orange releases it’s citrus scent — that combined with the sweet clove spice creates a smell better than most potpourri or holiday candle you could buy.
Be sure to keep a vacuum or a broom nearby, because sometimes the clove will break and leave a spicy dust on your work area.
Take the oranges you decorated and arrange them in your favorite clear container. Display them wherever you would like.