Smell the holiday decorations: DIY orange and clove pomanders #Do It Yourself#Christmas#decorating#fruits#holidays December 19 | Guest post by Creepingminx I noticed that Tribesmaid Creepingminx was using oranges to make cool holiday decorations. So I begged her for a tutorial, and she complied! I'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. Related Post Be careful with cloves and cats this holiday season How many people have heard that cloves can be used as a natural pest repellant? I personally have never tried it but a lot of... Read more You 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. Wrapping 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. Once 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. In 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! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Creepingminx Irish gamer living in Dundee, Scotland with wonderful husband Paul and lazy cat Lucy. I love to run, read, cook and play games. PREVIOUS Monsters ON your bed: a DIY duvet cover NEXT How I decided what to read when preparing to conceive Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] I love the smell of oranges too. <3 Planning to try this later when I get home. 2 agree Reply Okay, so doing this. I have a ton of cloves (I'll never go through them all) and some oranges that, sadly, I'll probably never eat. Pomanders it is! 2 agree Reply This is everything I have ever wanted and more. Thank you for sharing! 4 agree Reply Note that for those so inclined, it is fairly easy to make your own replica Holy Hand Grenade (a la "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail") using this technique. To make a Holy Hand Grenade, you'll need to put a band (a few cloves wide works well) around the equator of the orange, then bands of cloves down from the north pole of the orange to divide the top half of the orange into quadrants. Finish with a cross made of toothpicks — some sort of gummy candy works well to hold these together — inserted right at the top of the Holy Hand Grenade. For instructions on casting the Holy Hand Grenade, see http://youtu.be/QM9Bynjh2Lk?t=2m48s. 6 agree Reply My husband thought this one looked a little like the Holy Hand Grenade – I think it's just the white ribbon though! 1 agrees Reply We used to make these at primary school but with a candle pushed into the top of it for a Christingle service. I had totally forgotten about them til now!! We also used to put small sweeties (Candy) on cocktail sticks pushed into them. we used to get told off for trying to eat the sweets before the church service and had to be very careful not to set fire to the hair of the person infront of you 2 agree Reply My brother and I used to make these as Christmas gifts for our extended family when we were children. It's an easy activity kids can do and my aunts loved them! (We didn't use a skewer, that probably makes this a little less kid-friendly.) 2 agree Reply I did this a couple of weeks ago and it was so much fun. But, instead of keeping the cloves in, we took them out after 1-2 days and ate the yummy clove-infused oranges. It was delicious! 1 agrees Reply My family does a pretty traditional drink using these (sans ribbon, of course). Mix 2 parts apple cider, one part cranberry juice, and simmer with one of these and some cinnamon sticks. Scrumptious! 1 agrees Reply omg I remember making these as a girl scout! I completely forgot about them until now. We just covered the whole orange in cloves, but your designs look lovely!! 1 agrees Reply I actually had some whole cloves I've had for ages, and some oranges in the fridge that were probably not going to get eaten, so I made some of these! I put them in a bowl under a lamp on the dining room table, so when the lamp is on they warm up and smell awesome. Reply For the Jews among us– a variation is to use your etrog after sukkot. Then the finished product can be your "spice box" for havdallah. My husband had one that we used that way for about 2 years. 5 agree Reply I LOVE the smell of these. I haven't made them since I was a teenager, but now I really want to try them again. They also, now, remind me of cloven apples. For those who don't know about the Society for Creative Anachronism, it is a group that does medieval reenactments. Cloven apples sometimes get passed around at campfires during camping events. The person who gets the fruit determines which part of them they would like to have kissed by the passer. If you pull it out with your hand, you get a nice kiss on the hand. If you pull it out with your teeth, it means you want a kiss on the lips. If you take a bite out of the apple…well, that usually only happens after a bit too much mead. I'd pretty much forgotten about those too, so thanks for reminding me of two fun things tonight! Reply I made two of these last night! They are very pretty, smell good, and cost me $0 since I had all of the supplies laying around the house already. They are very festive! Thank you for the great idea. 1 agrees Reply I made a bunch of these as gifts and everyone loved them! Thanks! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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