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How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders


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How to Make Orange Clove
Pomanders - three variations resting on a bed of evergreen branchesPomanders have been around for centuries, providing people great scents and aromatherapy. During the Great Plague, they were hung around in hopes of purifying the bad air. Today, there are many varieties available. These here are made from citrus fruits and cloves. They are easy to make, all-natural, and work wonders as moth repellents in your closets. Right before I was making this batch, I was feeling a bit blue. The aromas from the citrus and clove immediately perked me up, I kid you not. They make beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations that last for years. And yes, they do keep smelling good the entire time. I hope you try making these, holiday or not!

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Total Time: 45 minutes

Supplies:

How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Place orange on center of ribbon. Wrap your orange in ribbon and knot once.
  2. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - place orange in the center of the ribbon and tie a knot
     
  3. Cross the ribbon to tie it the other way around the orange (like a present), and knot again tightly on the other side.
  4. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - wrap the other way around like a present and tie another knot tightly on the other side
     
  5. Give it another knot.
  6. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - tie one more time
     
  7. Tie a bow and cut the ends so they're equal.
  8. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - tie a bow and trim ends
     
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  9. Use your marking pen to make dots where you'd like your cloves to make a design.
  10. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - use pen to mark clove locations
     
  11. Poke those dots with a toothpick.
  12. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - poke holes on dots with a toothpick
     
  13. Fill the holes with cloves.
  14. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - push the cloves into the holes
     
  15. Make your way around the orange. You don't want the cloves too close together because the orange will shrink over time, causing the cloves to shift together.
  16. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - leave shrinkage space between the cloves
     
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  17. I like to break the heads off some of the cloves to make star shapes.
  18. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - you can break the heads off of some of the cloves to create star shapes
     
  19. Continue making more designs on other oranges. You can go freehand, too.
  20. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - continue making more designs on other oranges
     
  21. If you'd like to hang them, tie another ribbon under the bow and hang. Alternatively, you can poke a wire through the entire center of the orange, looping the ends, then string to hang. Let these rest in very dry open spaces to avoid molding over the weeks. You can also dust them with ground cinnamon, which also keeps mold at bay (and smells so yummy).
  22. How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders - let them dry
     
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December 2, 20181 found this helpful

I will have to make this :)

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December 3, 20180 found this helpful

Please do-- they smell so good!

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December 10, 20180 found this helpful

How do you dry the tangarines please?

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December 10, 20180 found this helpful

Just dry them with a cloth after washing. You don't want a lot of excess moisture when you start assembling the pomander.

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December 10, 20181 found this helpful

These orange clove pomanders bring back memories. Forty years ago I made these for gifts. I left no space for the orange to peak through and I rolled them in orris root.

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Let them completely dry out before I gave them away.

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December 11, 20180 found this helpful

Great tip on rolling in orris. Cinnamon is a good one, too. I love that they brought back memories!

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December 10, 20181 found this helpful

Hi Toosa, I made two of these, one for myself and one for a friend. They smell so.o.o. nice. Thanks and keep these ideas coming !!

I used a shish kebab skewer for poking the holes into the oranges, being less fragile and a little faster than using a toothpick.

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I'm just a little bit lazy :)

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December 11, 20180 found this helpful

Not lazy--- smart!!! So happy you made these! x

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December 20, 20180 found this helpful

I made these some years ago and found the orange shrank and fell out of the ribbon. Was it just me?
Marg from England.

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December 21, 20180 found this helpful

Hi Marg! I haven't had that happen yet. You could pin the ribbons in in a few locations perhaps :)

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