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Easy Handmade Pomander Balls: Traditional Natural Air Freshener

Pomander Ball with Cloves
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Apples, oranges & cloves make the most wonderful Easy Handmade Pomander Balls Natural Sachet. These are the perfect, simple gift idea for all.

Extremely inexpensive.….They add a wonderfully spicy fragrance to any room & last a very long time!! Learn more about easy handmade pomander balls for a super fun activity!

Orange with cloves are a perfect natural sachet

Pomander Balls are delightful when placed in a room or in a drawer as a sachet.

There are only 3 “ingredients”:

Easy Handmade Pomander Balls

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED: 

♦Small Fresh Apple or Orange – size matters: the larger the fruit, the longer it takes

♦One Cup of Whole Cloves

♦30-inch piece of Ribbon or Yarn

♦And, a little bit of time and patience…..perfect inexpensive, traditional gift!

This is a super easy project for children and the perfect classroom or homeschool activity!

fresh apple and cloves in a pewter dish to start making an easy handmade pomander balls
Apple and Whole Cloves

INSTRUCTIONS:

⇒Take one apple and place it on a covered work area or in a small low dish. The apple juice will drip a little so you need to protect your work area.

⇒Have your cloves close by and start to push the individual cloves into the apples. Keep the cloves as close as possible to completely cover the apple skin.

(the cloves move closer together as the apple cures and dries, so the skin will be eventually completely covered)

⇒Continue adding more cloves until the entire apple is cover⇒Tie a bow with your ribbon or yarn around the Pomander Ball…..and that is it!!!

⇒Allow your new clove-studded apple to begin to dry and cure on a cloth or in a small dishpan. Protect any surface from the apple or orange juices.

tray of homemade pomander balls made with oranges and whole cloves

Consider carving designs in your orange skin before decorating with whole cloves.

QUICK NOTE:

I like to use apples as the cloves can be pushed directly into the apple. When using oranges, you will need to make a pilot hole with a small nail or punch.

The orange peel is tough to push the cloves directly in without some type of pilot hole. So, if you are using oranges, then make sure to punch a small guide hole in the orange skin. A metal skewer or a small awl works well as a punch.

You can get quite creative with your carved design, clove patterns and your choice of decorative ribbon. I have used 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon and even velvet ribbon. Handspun yarn adds a nice rustic touch!

MAKING POMANDER BALLS:

COMPLETED POMANDER BALLS:

HOW to STORE:

Your Easy Handmade Pomander Ball will last for many, many years! And, actually, remain quite fragrant. We have had ours for over 20 years. I love to make new ones each year.  But, I always save them year after year. I wrap them in tissue paper and store in our Christmas Chest!!

oranges and whole clove natural sachets
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