Firstly, things you will need.
Oranges (however many you want to make)
a long cylindrical piercing instrument pointy at the end (hole starter)
Cloves (best bought in bulk a container, I recommend Smart and Final if you have one)
mesh net or lace of your choosing
ribbon (whatever you fancy)
That's pretty much it! Now you would think that this would be a no brainer, and it kind of is, but there are a few things you should pay attention to if you want your potpourri cloven fruit to last the season.
1- make sure that the oranges you purchase are not over ripe. (over ripe fruit will rot and ruin the fun)
Nobody wants rotten fruit!
2- Look for oranges with a thick skin (a thick cushion between the juice and the outer peel)
If the skin is too thin then the holes will leak too much, again.. rotten moldy fruit, BAD BAD EUWWW! (speaking from experience)
We just want to achieve the wonderful fragrant mood lifting aroma, and this is how you do it!
Note: for aesthetic reasons I choose the cloves
with the ball on the end attached. You can use
the ones missing the balls but they do not turn
out as pretty and they hurt more when you are
pushing them in. That said probably close to
1/3 of your container will have missing balls. :(
So it's up to you .
Small piercing ready for the insertion of the clove.
Push the clove in gently to avoid breaking off
the festive ball.
Everyone likes a snug fit. :)
Getting the cloves in.
The finished orange ready for decoration.
Place cloven fruit in the center of your square cut
mesh or lace. Square should be a little larger than
an old vinyl record album.
measure that your fruit is in the center by
matching up the sides as you hold them at
Gently gather lace or mesh
and prepare to tie it up.
Cinch the ribbon in preparation
for the bow.
Then make your bow and voila!!!!
Harvest Potpourri Orange.
Ready for gifting.
Some other variations.