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how to: Make a Clove Pomander
Channel your inner Laura Ingalls Wilder to make this great-smelling hostess gift.
Pomanders have a beautiful citrus-spice smell and will not rot because
of the cloves inserted into the fruit.
A LASTING GIFT? Decide whether you want the pomander to last forever or just for the season. For the fruit to keep, the cloves must be stuck quite close together, without any large blank spots. If you strive for less-dense design, note that the pomander will only last through the holidays.
FOR 2 BALLS, YOU’LL NEED:
2 oranges (or try apples, lemons, or limes). Make sure the fruit is blemish- and cut- free.
At least 1/4 cup of whole cloves
Spice mixture (see recipe)
4 feet of festive ribbon
SPICE MIXTURE RECIPE:
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons ground cloves
3 tablespoons ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons ground ginger
3 tablespoons orris root powder
MAKE MAGIC. Combine the spice mixture ingredients. Wash and dry oranges thoroughly. Feel free to mark your design with a Sharpie on the orange first. Use the skewer to poke several holes at a time, then stick the cloves, stem sides down, into the holes. You can also insert the cloves without using a skewer, but it is easier on the fingers to use the skewer. Roll cloved oranges in the spice mixture when completed and set in a cool, dry spot to dry. Drying takes at least 2 weeks. Once dried, tie a ribbon around the ball or stem for hanging or display a group of pomanders in a decorative bowl.