Sunday, November 21, 2010

~oranges + cloves = fragrant Christmas pomanders~

Here is a simple potpourri project you can do with your kids.
Not only do these smell great, but they are good looking too!
We are planning on making them this afternoon.
It's snowing outside,
we just finished homemade hot chocolate,
and are all cozy by the fire.
This is the perfect project for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Once the entire orange is covered in cloves, you can gently roll it in ground cinnamon or a pumpkin pie spice mixture for an enhanced scent.
Make sure you choose an orange with a thin skin, otherwise you might have to use a needle to prick the design in first.
Another idea is to "write" a letter with the cloves to spell out Thanksgiving or Christmas words like, "thanks, give, joy" etc.
Place the oranges down the center of your table for an easy display.
Have fun!
xoxo

15 comments:

Kendra {House of Ficek} said...

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it!

NanaDiana said...

We used to make these all the time with our kids. I always took a small gauge knitting needle and poked the holes in first so that their fingers didn't get sore. I can almost smell those from here, Melanie. Sometimes those old crafts are the best ones! Hugs- Diana

Samantha2818 said...

I love making these. I hope you are more sensible than I was the first time I made them - I made a few and didn't break the skin first and had to force the cloves in - the tips of my fingers were numb for about 3 days!
Enjoy!

All That Jazz said...

I have never done these, maybe I'll do them with my students this year! It was snowing here but quit (darn it!!!)
Enjoy your cozy Sunday!
~xo/michelle~

Blondie's Journal said...

I love making these...the smell is heavenly!

XO,
Jane

Annie Louise said...

We use to do these when I was a kid- I always loved the way they smelled. Good idea about the cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice mixture. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for refreshing my memory of being a kid :)
Jeanette

Erin said...

I tried this a few weeks ago, and my oranges molded... Does this happen to you? Any tips?

Dear Lillie said...

These are great and I am sooo jealous that you are sitting by the fire with is snowing outside! It was like 67 here today =(....

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I've never seen these before; looks like I'm gonna have to try them

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

I love these! I'm wondering where I could get cloves in bulk since they are a bit pricey. Any ideas?

Colleen said...

Oh I have not made one of these in years. Thanks for the reminder!

Shabby soul said...

What idea to write letters with cloves!! I'll do this job with my daughert. Thank you!
Silvia

QUAINT AND PLAIN said...

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS MORESO THAN POMANDERS... LOVE THEM... B

Allison said...

I'm so glad you posted about these today. I made these growing up and forgot about them. They smell wonderful and are fun to place on the table and even a nice touch in the guest bathroom. Your day sounded cozy with the snow and hot chocolate.

Nicolette said...

Natural way to enhance a room. Thanks for the reminder.

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