DIY Projects & Crafts
I am always involved in one project or another-sometimes several at one time! This month I'm sharing my Holiday Pomander project.
Pomanders are a tradition in my family. When I was young, my mother & I made them every holiday. The spicy fragrance always reminds me of Christmas. These pomanders are faux. I used real cloves to stud them but the oranges are from craft & decorating stores. I made a pattern using mini cookie cutters traced onto paper for the hearts & stars. For the bands encircling the orange, rubber bands did the trick to keep the rows even. I used a permanent marker to place dots on the areas I wanted to insert the cloves. Using a tool to start holes-(It came in a mini screwdriver set of my husbands) I poked a hole just deep enough to insert the clove. The oranges feel like plastic on the outside but have an interior made of Styrofoam so they were fairly easy to work with. Faux lemons or limes work just as nicely. Add them to wreaths, swags, & garlands. Fill rustic wooden bowls or sparkly crystal. They impart a lovely fragrance that will last years. Everyone thought they were real & but these pomanders will still be lovely next year. * If you choose to use real fruit they will last about a week.