Day One: Pomander Balls

There are so many things I want to do over the holidays. So many things get forgotten or put off every year.

Day One of doing Christmasy things was going to be “Buy a Christmas Tree” but I couldn’t find our tree stand. It will have to wait for another day. Instead I made Pomander Balls.

I had just been to the grocery stores and bought a crate of clementines.


I also had a huge jar of cloves for cooking (we’re hardcore around here, LOL).


I got to work poking the cloves into the oranges.

oranges cloves begin

A little tip: if you can, use the cloves that still have the little ball attached at the head. They are easier on your thumbs (not as poky as the ones without it, although they are pretty too).

pomander balls

The step I skipped was rolling the balls in a spice mixture, including orris root (which helps them dry out and prevents them from getting moldy). Find the ratio HERE.

Then tie them up with pretty ribbons.

oranges and ribbons


One thought on “Day One: Pomander Balls

  1. WOW! You are so creative. I love your Pomander Balls which has inspired me to try to make my own. Don't worry about the tree – knowing you, you'll find your stand and it will be up in no time! Have a wonderful day. I'm looking forward to seeing what you're going to do next.


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