DIY: Valencia Orange and Lemon Pomanders
Traditionally, a pomander was a ball of perfumes, but today modern pomanders are made with citrus fruits such as Valencia oranges or lemons studded with cloves. Common around the holiday season, with the brown, orange and yellow colors, these pomanders are perfect for autumn decorating, too.
These air fresheners are easy to create at home and they make a fun craft project for the whole family. Once your citrus fruit has been studded with cloves, you can leave it to dry for use up to one year. To increase the seasonal aroma, roll the studded fruit in ground spices such as cinnamon before hanging or using in a decorative arrangement. To increase the shelf life of your pomander and to help it dry evenly, roll the studded fruit in orris root powder.
You will need:
Oranges and lemons*
Rubber bands and/or ribbons
Wooden skewer or toothpicks
You can create any design with the cloves – circles, stars, swirls. For gifts, consider using script letters to make initials. For straight lines, wrap rubber bands or ribbons around the fruit to help guide your work. Use the wooden skewer to gently poke a hole in the skin of the fruit. Insert the end of the clove into the hole.
Tie up with ribbons or arrange in a basket for a fragrant centerpiece.
*We recommend using lemons, limes and oranges from Paramount Citrus. They are consistently vibrant and colorful and available at most major grocery, mass and club retailers.