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.