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10th Day – Pomander

December 10, 2013

Decor-Art Advent Calendar is counting… this is the 10th day of December – 14 more to go!
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Today we’ll be adding some more fragrance to our homes, this time with a pomander. Easy to make and looks + smells stunning!



Lets start with a bit of history (found on Wikipedia):

“A pomander, from French pomme d’ambre, i.e. apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (whence the name), musk, or civet. The pomander was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name, as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely as a useful article to modify bad smells. The globular cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or attached to the girdle, and were usually perforated and made of gold or silver. Sometimes they contained several partitions, in each of which was placed a different perfume.”

Modern day pomanders are made by studding oranges or other fruit with whole dried cloves and letting them cure dry, after which they may last several years. Such pomanders serve the functions of perfuming and freshening the air or, if you’re keeping them in your drawers – making your clothing and linens smell nice and fresh, and moth-free. If you decide to make one…


You will need:
Orange (or other citrus fruit if you prefer)
Some cloves
A nice ribbon

Directions: Measure how much ribbon you will need for it to go round your orange twice. Cut. Tie your ribbon round the orange and make a nice bow at the top. Using a toothpick poke little holes where you plan to stick cloves. Stick cloves into the orange forming some patterns. Done!


See you tomorrow!

P.S. A version of a pomander with oranges, cloves, oils and a golden ribbon can be used as a recovery charm in witchcraft!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Patricia G permalink
    December 10, 2013 10:13 pm

    Hi, I am several weeks into “curing” my pomanders now. I used cinnamon powder and orris root powder too. They smell good but do look brown & shrivelled. Time for some festive ribbon I think.

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