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101 Days of Christmas: Dried Orange Pomander

Dried Orange Pomander {101 Days of Christmas at}

I love both the look of these pomanders and their delicious scent. And as promised, burlap is making an appearance once again in this project — I told you I was obsessed!

I first heard the term “orange pomander” in a historical novel about a sweets shop in London during the plague, and last year I attempted to make them as one of our 101 projects. However, despite the  mixture of orris root powder and spices that I kept them in for several weeks, they went bad.

Then, a couple of my blogging friends shared their own pomander posts, and neither of them used any extra spices or herbs to prepare theirs, so I decided to try again this year. This simpler method actually worked much better!

Pomanders are a beautiful addition to your holiday decor or a thoughtful gift for a friend. You can set them in a bowl or tray or add a ribbon to hang them like an ornament.

Dried Orange Pomander {101 Days of Christmas at}


  • oranges
  • whole cloves
  • ribbon or burlap (optional)


Decide ahead of time whether you want to create a pattern or just add the cloves all over randomly. Then, begin sticking the cloves through the orange peel. If your orange peel is tough or you want to mark out a pattern before you start, use a toothpick to poke the holes first.

Tie a ribbon around the fruit (optional) as decoration or to hang it.


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