Yesterday, I wrote about, and praised, the invention of “Scentsicles” to replace the missing fragrance of evergreens in my home. Today, I am making a natural alternative that dates back centuries: pomanders. Wikipedia refers to pomanders as “an early form of aromatherapy”. In addition to their yummy, spicy fragrance, they look rather pretty when  arranged in a bowl on the sideboard, or kitchen counter.

This is an easy craft that can be done with kids or grandkids, with a little supervision. The materials needed are oranges, ribbon, and cloves. A bamboo skewer, or similar item, (knitting needle, perhaps?), scissors, 2 straight pins and paper towels are the only tools used. I like to buy my oranges a few weeks ahead of time and leave them out on the kitchen counter to dry out a bit, warning my hubby not to eat them. That warning doesn’t always work, though.

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Beware: your fingers will get sticky !

The first step is to cut two lengths of ribbon – enough to wrap around the orange, like wrapping a gift.  Allow enough ribbon  to tie a bow and form a hanging loop if desired. Secure the ribbon to the orange with the pins.

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Next, using the skewer,  begin poking holes to break the orange rind. Following the edge of the ribbon, space them about 1/2 cm (1/4″) apart. Push a clove into each hole.

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Working methodically around the orange, repeat until each section between the ribbons is filled with cloves.

 

Finally, tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow. Tie a hanging loop at this point, or, like me, trim the ends.  Remove the pins.

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After arranging in a bowl, keep an eye on the pomanders, turning them frequently as they dry out. Believe it or not, they will last quite a few months, age gracefully and remain quite fragrant.

 

 

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