Pomanders are holiday staples! Since they are essentially just pieces of fruit covered with cloves, no other holiday craft is as easy to make. These pomanders immediately set the holiday mood with a citrus and spice Christmastime scent. They are also easy to display, adding color and interest to your table or desk decor! Ready to get crafting?
DIY Pomander Supplies:
- Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes — whatever fruit you like!
- Whole cloves
- Optional: rubber band or string to guide placement of cloves
Steps to Making a Pomander:
- Get a sense of your design before you push the cloves in the fruit by playing around with rubberbands or pieces of string on top of the fruit. (Totally optional.)
- Gently push whole cloves into your fruit in the desired pattern.
- Preserve the pomander before displaying!
How to Preserve Your Pomander:
Option 1: Hang the pomander in a cool closet or dark place for about a week to dry it out before displaying. Otherwise, mold may grow on the oranges within a few weeks.
Option 2: Coat the finished product in powdered orrisroot (found in herb shops/health food stores) and/or a cinnamon and spice mixture to prolong the life of the pomander. Cover in a bowl with plastic and allow to cure for at least 1 week before displaying.
When preserved, dried pomanders can last for up to a year! Display these scent-filled beauties by hanging them on your Christmas tree as ornaments! Or, fill a dish with them or layer them on a clear glass plates with added greenery. After the holidays, you can place in a closet or drawer to keep your linens smelling fresh!
Have you made your own pomanders? What tricks and tips do you have for us? Share your experience and Christmas excitement in a comment below!