How to Make a Clove Apple

Two Parts:Making the AppleAdding Pretty Designs

A clove apple is a fragrant apple that won't spoil. It also is a wonderful Christmas gift, doesn't take long to make, and even a child can have fun making one!

Part 1
Making the Apple

  1. 1
    Gather your materials and place them on a table. While this isn't a messy project, keep the cloves in a bowl and give each person a paper plate to set their apple on. Watch out with the children using sharp skewers.
  2. 2
    Use the skewer to poke several holes in your apple. Then, place the cloves stem first into the holes.
  3. 3
    Choose your apples and the cloves needed to make a clove apple.
  4. 4
    Take a clove and insert it into the apple.
  5. 5
    Cover the whole apple with cloves placed rather closely into small holes.

Part 2
Adding Pretty Designs

  1. 1
    If you want the apple to keep longer, put the cloves close together. The cloves don't need to be touching, but don't leave blank spots or make pretty designs. However, you can make pretty designs if you only want it for a holiday such as Christmas or Thanksgiving.
  2. 2
    Draw the design onto the apple using a light colored, fine tip permanent marker.
  3. 3
    Use your skewer to poke holes right on your marker outline. These holes will be filled with cloves, so the lines shouldn't show.


  • In Little House in the Big Woods, Aunt Eliza gives Ma (Laura's mother, Caroline) a clove apple.


  • The apple will start to rot after a week or so. When it does, throw it away or compost it.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple with stem attached, free of bruises and cuts.
  • Strong glue
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Lots of cloves -- you can buy these at a restaurant supply store, but a local co-op also stocks these in smaller quantities.
  • Bamboo skewer

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