Monday, December 6, 2010

Easy Christmas Craft

Orange Pomanders are a beautiful and easy Christmas craft. They are a very old tradition, that dates back to the middle ages. They were used as gifts, as an early form of aromatherapy, and as a sort of personal air freshener in a time that hygiene was not so good. Now they are used as Christmas decorations and easy centerpieces.

Orange Pomanders are very easy to make, require few ingredients, and are a quick gift or decoration.

Whole Cloves
Ribbon or dish

Push whole cloves into the orange's flesh to make a design. Pomanders can be "cured" by placing them in a bag with ground spices and allowed to dry for 3-4 weeks prior to display, or placed uncured in a bowl or hung with ribbon. I left my pomander uncured. I really don't like the look of a dried orange. This pomander took about 5 minutes to make, and has been filling my home with Christmas cheer for about 2 weeks.

Merry Christmas!


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