Pomanders make beautiful centrepieces, gifts for friends, tree ornaments and natural air fresheners!
Take firm oranges and stud them with whole cloves. You can also use a toothpick to make pre-made holes; this is helpful for children because the cloves can hurt their little hands (and ours).
Be creative and arrange the cloves in diamonds, circles, or other patterns. As the orange dries, it will release a delicate, spicy fragrance.
For a stronger aroma, cover the entire orange with cloves, and then roll it in a mixture of spices such as: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg, 1 tablespoon allspice, ¼ cup powdered Orris Root. Leave the orange in the mix for a week, turning once a day.
To hang your pomander, run a long wire through the orange; make a knot at the bottom and a loop at the top for hanging. Or, you can tie red ribbon around your pomander for a festive look!