A Laura Ingalls book inspired this clove apple as a warm-spice centerpiece. Laura's aunt gave one to Ma for Christmas. I didn't think making a clove apple would be that hard or very expensive, so I tried my hand at it. Phoebe helped too.
At first I tried to make a pretty design with the cloves, but I soon realized the rest of the apple would not hold up well without cloves in them. We first poked the holes with a bamboo skewer to make clove-placing easier. This apple took 5 packages of Fiesta Brand whole cloves. Each package cost $1.14. I already had the evergreen and cranberry sprigs. The dish was from Target for $3, I think. So it really is a neat little gift to give for not a lot of money. It did take several hours to fill the apple with cloves. I poked holes while watching TV, so no wasted time. Oh, it smells delicious too!