A Thanksgiving DIY: Clove-Spiked Apples
& video- 'kids say the vegan-est things!'
Now don't get me wrong, going simple with a few candles and a cranberry garland would still be lovely, but I wanted to get classy and adult-like this year and do something creative.
We needed a simple project with big results.
And preferably one we could do with my sweet cousins who were visiting.
We picked some late-season apples from the orchard beside our house, dug out the cloves, and got to work.
We think our locally collected, eco-friendly ornaments would make the cut at her holiday table.
No apples? Get creative with pears or grapefruit, or get classic with oranges.
1/4 to a 1/2 cup whole cloves (we used closer to a 1/4 cup)
10 apples, plus a few extras for mistakes
a permanent marker
Wash and dry the apples to remove any dirt, or in our case, spiderwebs from the grass. Use a permanant marker to draw letters on the apples. We aimed for our letters to all be about 2 inches tall in uppercase lettering, so they would be uniform. Feel free to use fancy lettering if you can freehand it. Just remember- kids work best in straight lines. Once your letters are ready, push cloves into the lines, small flat end first. Push the clove gently, grasping more by the sides than the top, until it is completely pushed in and the ball of the clove is flush with the skin of the fruit. The tops can break off if too much pressure is applied directly to the top when pushing down- so be careful! A few broken cloves is fine, but overall the goal is to include the whole thing.
Once all the letters have been traced over with cloves use a towel or rag to wipe any dripping juices from the apple.
Arrange the apples onto a large plate or serving platter, or spread them around the celebratory table. They look great against wood and shades of cream and they'd be really cute hung from the ceiling!