A Craft in the Life: Orange and Clove Pomander

Now I am back home in Witney for the Christmas holidays nothings gets me more in the Christmas spirit than working on all things Christmassy! As well as putting up Christmas decorations that we have had for years, I have also been making some of my own handmade decorations. After a suggestion from my mum I decided to have a go at making very traditional orange and clove pomanders. Although I’m pretty sure everyone made one when they were in Primary school, this is the first time I have made one since then!


Christmas Orange and Clove Pomander

You will need:

Large oranges (How many will depend on how many you want to make! You can use smaller oranges/clementines/satsumas however the skin may be thinner and cloves will go through into the fruit)

Jar of Cloves



Cocktail sticks


Let’s get started!

  • Start by selecting your orange, ribbon and a cocktail stick.
  • You can use your selected ribbon to decide where you would like to place your cloves. Once you have decided where you want your cloves to go, you can mask the area off using masking tape as a guide.
  • Alternatively you can just do it free hand – which is what I choose to do.
  • Using your cocktail stick pierce the skin of the orange in your desired pattern leaving a small gap between each as the fruit will shrink when dried (I decided to try two designs, one in a cross and the second half a cross).


  • Once completed and happy with the placement of the holes, insert the cloves.


  • When you have finished, you can either get the oranges fresh and re attach your ribbon or you can dry them out to make them last longer.


  • To dry them out, preheat an oven to a very low setting – 130ºC/250ºF/Gas Mark ½.


  • Remove the ribbon/masking tape and dry out in the oven on a wire rack for 5-6 hours – checking occasionally to make sure they aren’t cooking!
  • If you have time and plan in advance you can also dry them out in a loosely closed paper bag in a warm dry place for 3-4 weeks.
  • Once dried, re attach the ribbon using pins to hold.


  • You can create a bow or loop for hanging and can also attach cinnamon sticks/star anise for more Christmas scent and decoration.
  • You are all done! 🙂

I really enjoyed making these pomanders! They are simple to make, make everything smell amazing and look really great around the house or on the Christmas tree. Everything you need for this craft is fairly cheap and easy to find – you can find oranges, cocktail sticks and spices in most supermarkets and you can just use scrap/recycled ribbon. The only part which takes time is drying them out, however once you get them in the oven you only need to check them occasionally so they are pretty low maintenance. You can of course change up the fruit you use, maybe keeping to citrus fruits (Lemons, Limes/etc) and change the spices (Cinnamon, Star anise/etc). I would definitely recommend giving this craft a go!


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