A Craft for the Senses
Our sense of smell is intensely bound to our memories and emotions. Just take a moment to focus on what the following things bring to mind.
Fresh cut grass in the summer.
Freshly squeezed lemons.
Your hands, after picking fresh tomatoes off the vine.
The first rain of autumn.
I’m sure your mind is flooded with so much more than just the actual objects mentioned above. Thinking about the ocean, of course I smell its saltiness. I also feel the breeze on my cheeks, in my hair. I feel the sand, warm from the sun, between my toes. I hear the sound of the waves rolling in, rolling out. And I am at peace.
Thinking about the first rain of autumn, I smell the freshness in the air. I also feel the new crispness all around me, after a long, hot summer. I feel the humidity on my skin. I hear the patter of rain drops outside my window, on my roof. I feel I can breath a little easier. I feel relief.
Thinking about campfires, I smell the smoke, of course. I also feel the darkness of the night around me. I feel the cold chill of the night to my back, and the heat and comfort of the fire to my cheeks. I hear the snap and pop of the flames. I can almost taste the s’mores. And I feel my family all around me, as countless memories of childhood camping trips parade through my thoughts. Family. Comfort. Campfire.
This is a craft for the senses. Nothing says Christmas like the smell of citrus and cloves. You can find all sorts of recipes online for homemade potpourri to set on your stove top. You can also just go buy a candle. But this is an activity you can enjoy with your children. Plus, at a time of year when everything is grey and dark outside, this beautiful, bright-colored craft brings the joy and cheer of Christmas Spirit into our homes.
So here we go. This craft could not possibly be more simple.
Step One: Assemble supplies. You may actually have everything you need in your kitchen, even as you’re reading this!
- Whole cloves
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Step Two: Poke whole cloves into oranges to make fun and beautiful patterns.
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This craft does require a certain amount of strength and dexterity, which may be more challenging for younger children. Little hands can still participate with a bit of help from parents.
Pro tip: For little hands, give them a pen and have them mark on their orange where they want their cloves placed. Pre-poke holes with a tooth pick or nail so they can place their cloves themselves.
I usually place our oranges in a bowl as a table centerpiece, but this craft has endless display options. You could display your oranges in a clear vase, attach a ribbon and hang your oranges from your Christmas tree indoors, or hang a bunch on a pine tree outdoors for a bright splash of color on a grey winter day.