Yummy Smelling Holiday Decorations

One of my very creative friends got me started on this and I my kids love to do it. . . Zesting lemons and limes. This is fun to do with girlfriends as well, but these are pics of my kids being creative.
I want to mention too (from a teacher standpoint) that this activity works with small motor skills, as well as, is very good with working with the senses. . .smell, possibly taste, and touch. . .it also lets the creative juices flow!
The how to:
  • buy a bag full of lemons, limes . . .you can do oranges as well, but lemons and limes work best.
  • Buy a couple of zesters and have your kids use rubberbands to make the design that they want to zest. It can be anything. My kids were 5 and 7 when they did this just to give you an idea at the skill level that it requires.
  • Zest out the design
  • stick cloves in the design to give it a little more umph.
  • Place in a pretty bowl for display throughout the holidays
Now this is the yummiest part. . .put the zested lemon and lime pieces in a pan with some cloves and add some water. Let it simmer on the stove to give your house the smell of Heaven. It works for this family! Check out more Works for Wednesday ideas with Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.


My Trendy Tykes said...

oooh I love this idea!
Thanks for sharing.


Crafty P said...

Your idea gave me another idea- I,too , have been enjoying the scent of simmering lemons, cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange peel lately.

When the holidays are over and your centerpiece pieces are shriveling up- you could throw the lemons/limes in freezer baggies and then whenever you need that smell of heaven, take one or two out and toss them in the saucepan to simmer! I also will let them thaw out and throw in the garbage disposal for a freshening of that smelly chasm from time to time!

thanks for the tip!

tickledpink.nicole said...

Putting cloves in oranges has been a tradition for me since childhood. I have great memories of putting them together with my mom, and it's been awesome making them with my children.