Smell the holiday decorations: DIY orange and clove pomanders

Guestpost by Creepingminx on Dec 19th

I noticed that Tribesmaid Creepingminx was using oranges to make cool holiday decorations. So I begged her for a tutorial, and she complied!

PomandersI'm not much of a baker, and during the holiday season I really miss the smells that were produced from my mother's kitchen. Mince pies and mulled wine, cakes and cookies — citrus, cloves, cinnamon — they all conjure up a warming smile for me during the winter months.

When I first saw these pomanders, I loved how pretty they looked — but then the amazing smell hit me and I knew I needed to make some to help fill my house with awesome aromas.

SuppliesYou will need:

  • Oranges — as round as you can find and not too juicy.
  • Whole cloves
  • Skewer (or other poking device)
  • Pins
  • Ribbon or String (Optional)
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Scissors

You can do any designs you want and using ribbon is entirely optional. A quick Google search will return a number of fun designs to try out.

Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 3.58.04 PMWrapping the ribbon can be difficult. Thinner ribbon works best and some colour combos look better than others. I just used what I had in the house and they turned out wonderfully. I used some pins to help hold the ribbon in place while I worked. I also used the pins in the spiral design to help hold the guide string in place.

Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 4.00.52 PMOnce the ribbon is wrapped and secured, use the skewer to create a hole. It can be difficult to push the cloves in with just your fingers so creating a guide hole will help a lot. I've read that some people use thimbles to push the cloves in but I would worry about crushing them. You may get attacked by juice, so keep your kitchen roll on hand. Don't worry if the ribbon gets wet — it will dry up in no time.

Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 4.10.04 PMIn this design, I just followed the ribbon along in each of the quarters. Don't make too many holes at one time — spacing can be difficult to judge and there is a surprising amount of variety in the size of cloves! Once I finished I decided to add a little diamond in the center of each one, just to make it look different from the others I'd made.

If you wish to hang your pomander, then leave a length of ribbon at the top to create a loop.

Once you have finished, it's a good idea to check back over the cloves. Some of them may have got damaged while you were working on it. It's easy enough to remove the damaged cloves and insert fresh ones.

As the orange dries out, it will release the most amazing, warming aroma into your home. It's a really easy and cheap project to try!

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About Creepingminx

Irish gamer living in Dundee, Scotland with wonderful husband Paul and lazy cat Lucy. I love to run, read, cook and play games.