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Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

16th December 2013

Orange pomanders are not only beautiful decorations, they also act as natural room and cupboard and drawer fresheners. Smaller fruits like kumquats can be used to create simple tree decorations. Making a pomander is a fun activity for children, and they make lovely gifts to share with friends and family. Hang them up around the house to enjoy that fresh citrus and clove scent, and after Christmas hang them in your wardrobe to keep your clothes smelling fresh and moths at bay.

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

16th December 2013

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

16th December 2013

What you’ll need:
Citrus fruit – try oranges, lemons, limes and kumquats
Cloves
Red ribbon
How to make them:
It’s very simple to make a pomander – start by tying a red ribbon around the fruit in the same way you would a traditional present (over the top, down to the bottom, and back up the other sides) and fastening with a bow. Tie a longer piece of ribbon in a loop to the bow to hang the pomander.
Now you need to cover the citrus fruit with cloves by piercing the skin with the pointed end of the clove and pushing them in. If that proves challenging with thicker skinned fruit, you can prepare the holes with a knitting needle or similar spiked instrument (toothpick etc.)
Over time, the fruit will dry and shrivel slightly so be aware of that when placing your cloves – they end up closer together. Pomanders last a long time so you can enjoy them well into the following year.

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