DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I seriously can't believe the day after tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Does anyone else feel this with me? Please say you do. (Even if you don't, tell me sweet lies and give me some comfort here. I'd do the same for you.)

So if you are indeed in the same boat I'm in, and feel the impending stress of the holiday, but still want to make your family think you're cool, calm and collected - nothing says I-have-my-stuff-together-so-stop-asking-when-I'll-get-a-"real"-job than a bangin' handmade centerpiece. (At least, I'm hoping that's what it says.)

Lucky for you (and me) an impressive piece of holiday decor couldn't be cheaper - or simpler! Presenting: fragrant, beautiful and festive Clove-Studded Oranges. Also known as Pomanders. To me, the rich spicy fragrance of cloves goes hand-in-hand with this time of year, and for less than 15 bucks you can put together something that'll keep the annoying relatives at bay. Read on for the DIY below:

To start, make sure you know the size of your serving bowl. I use this vintage wire fruit basket I got at a flea market back in my LA days, and it's on the smaller side, so I only used 5 pieces of fruit. Your next choice is which fruit to pick, typically, pomanders are citrus fruits (and most commonly oranges or grapefruit) though I've seen lemons or even apples as well. Lastly, you'll need a bottle of whole cloves, and a metal skewer or toothpick to pierce the rind of your fruit. (Trust me on this, cloves are spiky, and after a bit your tender little digits are gonna start to get sore.)

Simply use your skewer to poke partially through the rind (don't go all the way into the flesh or you'll have a sticky mess on your hands... literally.) And create whatever pattern or shape you desire. I did a combination here, some striped, some swirled, one sort of discoball style.

After that, arrange in your serving bowl and bring to the table with a sense of humble accomplishment. These surprisingly keep for quite a bit, and smell fantastic all the while. So, give this a try and tell them nosy relatives who's boss. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all. x