How to Make Pomanders


Pomanders - fruits studded with cloves - have been used for centuries for their fragrance. They will add a wonderful holiday scent to your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal Or Wooden Skewers
  • Ribbons
  • Tissue Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Potpourri
  • Apples
  • Cloves
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Large Airtight Resealable Bags
  • Large Bowls
  • Toothpicks
  • Tissue paper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. powdered orrisroots
  • 1 tbsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • Choose a variety of fruits for your pomanders. Apples, lemons, tangerines and oranges work best.

  • Use a toothpick or a wooden or metal skewer to pierce the skin of the fruit. Insert cloves into the fruit so that cloves form close, vertical rows. Make patterns with the cloves, if you desire. The goal is to cover the fruit with cloves as completely as possible.

  • Combine the powdered orrisroot, ground cinnamon, ground allspice and ground nutmeg in a large zipper-lock bag. (This mixture will cover approximately two pieces of fruit.)

  • Place the fruit in the bag, and roll the fruit around in the spice mixture. Cover the entire fruit with spices.

  • Remove the fruit from the bag and shake off excess spice powder.

  • Wrap the fruit in tissue paper and store in a cool, dry place for three to four weeks.

  • Unwrap the pomander and display as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hang pomanders in doorways, on mantles or even on a Christmas tree.
  • Display four or five pomanders in a bowl filled with potpourri.
  • Consider whether or not you want to hang your fruit with a ribbon after it has dried. If so, lay a piece of masking tape (the same width as that of your ribbon) around the circumference of the fruit before you add the clove studs. Stud the rest of the fruit with cloves, and then remove the masking tape.
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