Make Your Own Pomander Balls

Bring the scents and sights of Christmas to your holiday table with fresh citrus and cloves.
Pomander Balls

Pomander Balls

Creating pomander balls is a craft the entire family can enjoy.

Creating pomander balls is a craft the entire family can enjoy.

When I lived in Southern California, I was lucky enough to have citrus trees growing right in my backyard. Every Christmas we would create pomander balls from the trees' harvest. It is a lovely tradition that I have kept alive despite now living in the Northeast.

Pomander balls have a rich history dating back to the 1300s. Over the years, pomander balls have been used to ward off infection and have been hung in closets to curtail moths.They were also popular Christmas and New Year's gifts of yesteryear. Pomander balls are a wonderful, easy holiday craft to make with the entire family. Once studded with cloves, some people even preserve them for year round use with a spice mixture that includes orris root, cinnamon, cloves and oils. These preserving recipes are available online.

For a fabulous Christmas centerpiece, display the pomander balls with fresh greenery. 

Supply List:

  • Citrus fruits - oranges, lemons, grapefruits, limes
  • Toothpicks
  • Whole cloves
  • Greenery for display

See the photo gallery below for step-by-step instructions.

Holiday Pomander How-To

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Pomander Balls

Pomander balls are a beautiful way to create a centerpiece for your holiday table or embellish a mantel. They also make the entire house smell like Christmas.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft, you will need: citrus fruit (grapefruits, oranges, limes or lemons) /toothpicks /whole cloves.

A Little Help

Use a toothpick to help you make a guide hole for the clove. Remove the toothpick and insert a clove. Repeat, creating the pattern of your choice.

Traditional Pomander Balls

Most traditional pomander balls have a pattern similar to this one. This is a simple craft that even the kids can enjoy!

Let It Snow

Try creating a snowflake like this one on a grapefruit.

Holiday Silhouettes

Try adding some silhouettes, like this tree, to your fruits.

Geometric Patterns

Stick with the basic shapes such as different sized circles, diamonds and triangles to create an eye-catching effect.

Add Rings

Sometimes less is more. Try adding single to multiple rings around the oranges for big impact.

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