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

See All Photos

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.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Make Your Own Floorcloth

Learn how to "decorate" your floor by adding a floorcloth.

Easily Make Your Own Mercury Glass Votives

Give plain glass votives a trendy mercury glass makeover with mirror-effect spray paint. The antique-looking votives lend a sparkling glow to a table setting, mantel, coffee table — or anywhere.

Make Your Own Natural Weed Killer

Tackle troublesome garden weeds the sustainable way.

Make Your Own Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

Tassel garlands are a huge party trend. It's easy to make your own with some tissue paper or sparkling mylar, scissors and string.

Make Your Own Modern House Number Planters

Take your house numbers to the next level with these modern planters that pack major curb appeal.

Make Your Own Monogrammed String Art

String art used to be straight out of the '70s, but there's a new graphic version that's back in a big way. Learn how to make your own modern monogrammed string art in just a few easy steps.

Make Your Own Festive Tulle Drink Stirrers

Dress up holiday drinks at your next party with these easy-to-make stirrers.

Make Your Own Woven Wall Hanging

Vintage-inspired flat-weave textiles are back in style and we couldn't be happier. Make your own custom wall hanging using a wooden handloom and various colors of yarn. Embellish with the season's hottest trends – fringe and stripes.

How to Make a Contemporary Garden Gazing Ball

Add sparkle to your planting beds with a gazing ball. All it takes is an old bowling ball, some glue and your choice of decorative pieces.

How to Make Your Own Movie Screen

Make this DIY outdoor projector screen in less than an hour, and turn your next outdoor gathering into a neighborhood movie night.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.