The Scent of the Season – Make an Orange Pomander Centerpiece

on November 19 | in Crafts, Gift Ideas, Holidays | by | with 17 Comments

Pomander comes from the word pommel d’ambre which translates to apple of amber.

Used for centuries to mask odors, today their scent signals the holidays to me.


Set a bowl of cloves and a bowl of oranges on your coffee table and watch your family get creative.

They are so simple to make.

Simply poke cloves into oranges (if you have trouble inserting them, use a skewer to poke a hole no deeper than the clove, then place clove into hole).

Get creative with patterns:  swirls, spirals, flowers …


Place the pomanders in a paper bag for a few weeks to dry them out.

The cloves will draw out the juices and they’ll shrink in size.

The best part, they’ll last for years.


Why stop at a centerpiece, or these patterns?

Hope over to my blog, Eclectically Vintage, to see how to make my Monogrammed Pomander Place Settings.

It’s how I’m setting my Christmas table this year.


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17 Responses to The Scent of the Season – Make an Orange Pomander Centerpiece

  1. Beautiful centerpiece Kelly…Now I did not know that you could save those for years!…I used to toss them out after a week!..

  2. tammy hebert says:

    Kelly you are rocking all these lovely posts. I have always wanted to do these but then you pointed out it could be a family- kid event and well that just made it on to my HAVE to do list. My daughter especially would enjoy doing them..she’s my mini me crafter. What a great idea as placecard holders for Christmas dinner. I just might have to steal that idea from you- do you mind?

  3. Very pretty and I’m sure they smell wonderful with the citrus and cloves.

  4. Absolutely lovely! I so want to make some! But save it in a bag for a few weeks? Say it ain’t so… I’m way too impatient for that! haha LOVE

  5. I have always wanted to do this! Looks great!

  6. I can literally smell them right through the screen. I just love these!


  7. I have ALWAYS wanted to make these and your beautiful photos make me determined that this will be the year!! Hold me to it, ok? ;-)

    Great job Kelly!

  8. Mmmm I bet those smell DELISH!

  9. Lucy says:

    These are great Kelly…must smell sooo pretty…xo

  10. WoW! Brought me a gramma flashback! Oh I remember hours of cloving the entire orange. Kill me! But I may be willing to try it with the simple designs you portray!

  11. well, i have to say, I’ve never put them in a bag and saved them. I just make new ones every year – they are one of my favorite crafts because they take NO planning or prep work and you can get one done in just a few minutes (if you’re not being too fancy about it). I keep the supplies for this and making paper snowflakes out in the weeks before christmas – then, when ever i have a few minute to sit down I can make one (of either). When I finish another pomander – I just add it to the bowl in the dining room – and they DO smell SO good.
    Thanks for the reminder – I need to pick up cloves!

  12. [...] Here is a great smelling centerpiece that you can get the kids to help you make.  Use wooden skewers to poke the holes and let your kids fill them with the cloves and help you arrange the plate.  Fun and it lasts almost a week if you remember to refrigerate at night. I’ve used lemongrass instead of rosemary so mix it up and make it fun! Click here for the instructions [...]

  13. Laura says:

    I’ve enjoyed making these for years and have picked up a few tricks. I always pre poke the hole as it keeps the pointy end of the clove from breaking off. Cloves can be a little hard on the fingers, so a thimble is useful. I’ve never let them dry out before hand. I think it has alot to do with the humidity of where you live. After the holidays, I toss them into a simmering pot of water (add a stick of cinnamon,too) and enjoy the fragrance again and again by adding more water. At the end of their time, they go into the compost bin to complete their cycle. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. [...] Start a family tradition and make your own clove studded pomander centerpiece. [...]

  15. Barbara Luke says:

    I tried with one dozen oranges and every single one molded and I had to throw them out. What kind of orange did you use. I used naval oranges that come in a bag. Please tell me what I did wrong. Thanks bunches. I love your magazine…just ordered it for a friend for a Christmas gift.

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