apples, oranges & cloves make the most wonderful handmade gift
Easy to make handmade Pomander Balls are the perfect, simple gift idea for all. They add a wonderfully spicy fragrance to any room!
Pomander Balls add a delightful aroma when placed in a room or in a drawer as a sachet.
There are only 3 “ingredients”:
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!
Super easy project for children and the perfect classroom or homeschool activity!
⇒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 were 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 covered.
⇒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 small dish pan. Protect any surface from the apple or orange juices.
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 too tough to push the cloves directly in without some type of pilot hole.
You can get quite creative with your choice of ribbon. I have used 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon and even velvet ribbon. Handspun yarn adds a rustic touch!
MAKING POMANDER BALLS:
COMPLETED POMANDER BALLS:
HOW to STORE:
Your 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!!