Orange Pomander Activity

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Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Welcome shorter days and cooler temperatures with this traditional holiday arts and crafts activity. Pomander comes from the French word pomme d'ambre, meaning apple of amber. Pomanders were first worn by people in the Middle Ages to mask odors and help ward off infection and were often made of silver or gold. Today's pomanders are made with cloves and fresh oranges and give off a fragrant scent that fills the air and evokes comforting thoughts of crisp autumn days and warm holiday cheer.

A few supplies from the grocery store are all you need to begin. Hang it up and revel in the scents of the season!

What You Need:

  • Plump round orange with smooth, blemish-free skin
  • Transparent or masking tape
  • Cloves
  • Ribbon
  • Pointed utensil such as a fork or knitting needle for making holes in the orange (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Wrap the orange with tape around its middle, then rotate the orange 45 degrees and wrap another piece of tape around it to create a criss-cross design. This marks the spot where the ribbon will go.
  2. Stick cloves all around the orange, leaving the taped part clear. You may need to use the prong of a fork or a knitting needle to make starter holes for the cloves to go into.
  3. Remove the tape and replace it with ribbon in a similar criss-cross pattern. Tie a knot at the top.
  4. Cut the ribbon, making sure to leave a tail long enough to create a loop for hanging.

Now you're ready to hang your orange pomander and enjoy its delicious fragrance. Your pomander will last approximately one week.

Did You Know?

Cloves are dried flower buds that are picked before they bloom. The word “cloves” comes from the French word clou meaning nails. They do resemble little nails, don’t they? Cloves can be used whole or ground as a spice in cooking and baking.

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