This easy-to-make pomander would make a great gift for mom on Mother's Day or a cool (and sweet smelling) ornament to hang at Christmas.
  • 5-6 oz. whole cloves
  • 1 lemon or 1 orange
  • 2 T. orris root
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Lemon or orange oil
  • Tissue, cheesecloth or netting
  • Ribbon

Push the cloves into the rind of your lemon or orange. Try to cover the whole surface. Mix together the orris root, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon or orange oil in a small bowl or plate. Roll the fruit around in the mixture. Wrap the fruit in tissue paper, cheesecloth or netting, tie with the ribbon and place in a drawer or hang in a closet.

To Make a Christmas Decoration / Gift:
Cut a piece of ribbon 34-38" long. Place the middle of the ribbon at the top of the fruit, and draw the ends down to the bottom. Cross and twist the ribbon and draw it back up to the top, as if you were tying a package. Tie it into a bow at the top.

If the ribbon wants to slip and slide, you can secure it with a little dab of glue at the bottom of the fruit where it crosses.

You can also dab a little paint and/or glitter on the cloves if you want your pomander to be a little more colorful.

  • Yields: 1 pomander
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
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