The pomander has it’s origins back to the Middle Ages. Today, the Pomander is more associated with Colonial times, however, research varies if they were made mostly with apples or oranges. Nonetheless, a Pomander is a fragrant and festive decoration you can display at home, or give as a Christmas or holiday gift.
Brief History of Pomanders
Pomanders date back even before the Middle Ages. It was originally known as a ball of fragrance that people wore around their necks. Beginning in the 17th Century, the English began making them with oranges, apples, and cloves. Our early Colonists made these treats around Christmas time, however, they were made with apples as oranges were too expensive. Now that oranges are a home staple, they seem to be the more common version.
Orange Pomander DIY
You know those recipes that call for whole cloves, and then you have an entire container left minus a few? This is a great way to get rid of them! You. Are. Welcome. I’ve seen tutorials that say to use a pencil to trace your design, and Martha says to use a rubber band. I just winged it.
What you need:
- Whole Cloves
- Something pointy (like a kabob skewer)
The design I made is a pretty traditional design, alternating between the cloves and the ribbon. You can make faces, or pretty much the possibilities are endless. Use the skewer to make a slight puncture into the orange so that you can place the cloves without any trouble.
Add a pretty ribbon and you are done. I like using checks or plaid as a nod to the Colonial times, but any festive ribbon will work. I started at the top, came around to the bottom, twisted it, and then tied the bow at the top.
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This kind of pomander will last about a week, maybe two before starting to go bad. Until then, it will be very fragrant! There is a different kind of way to make pomanders if you want to keep it longer – by covering the entire orange with cloves and using various spices. This type is more seasonal. You can hang it on a tree like an ornament, place it in a dish, give it to a friend… there are many ways to enjoy it!
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