I had torn out this idea for the pear and clove 'welcome' decoration in a Martha Stewart Living a couple years ago and had been holding on to it in hopes of making it some day. Well, today was the day and it turned out great! Read on for a full tutorial.
How to Make the Fall Fruit Decorations
This project reminded me of a fresh take on the old-school orange and clove pomanders - I love that the cloves can be used to spell out any word you want! It took under an hour to create the welcome sign. Here's how I did it:
1. I went with pears because they were on sale at the supermarket today, but I think apples would work equally well for a fall arrangement. I made sure to find a pretty selection of pears - I specifically looked for some that had a touch of red on their skin and I love that one of them still had a little leaf attached. I also made sure to test that each of them stood up straight at the store.
2. I bought a big jar of whole cloves. Cloves aren't cheap - this 1.25 oz jar cost me $15. I only ended up using a third of it, so I think I could've gotten away with a smaller jar. The good news - you can reuse the cloves (and the pears) for some homemade stove-top potpourri (see end of post for how!)
3. I used a brown washable marker to trace the letters onto each pear.
5. I started putting cloves tightly together all along the outline
6. I arranged the finished pears along the mantel and threw in a handful of apples on each side.
How to Make the Fall Arrangements
1. While shopping for pears this morning, I found these two dried fall bouquets at the supermarket for $2.99 each.
2. I borrowed a few tall curly branches from my big glass vase filled with corks to use in the arrangements. They definitely add height to the mantel - they almost touch the ceiling!
3. I then added in some of the yellow grass / wheat and red leaves from the store. Since both were much shorter than the branches, I tried to stagger the height a bit by securing some of them higher up on a branch with a bit of clear tape.
Don't forget to check out my fall tablescape and fall container garden posts if you haven't already!