How to Make a Pomander Ball

Pomander balls are easy-to-make, fun, and produce a wonderful smell. Hang them up as ornaments, or purify the air with their fragrant fumes. Let them cure-dry, and you have yourself a house-freshener for years!


  • An orange or a lemon
  • A handful of cloves



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    Take the orange/lemon, and using a toothpick, poke a design into the skin. Your design should cover most of the orange.
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    Grab a handful of dried cloves and insert one into every hole in the orange/lemon. Make sure that the ends of the cloves stick out.
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    Add more ingredients, if you wish. Other aromatic ingredients are:
    • Lavender
    • Nutmeg
    • Rosemary
    • Mint
    • Rose oil
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    If you want, you can tie a ribbon around the pomander to add some pizzazz.
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    Place the pomander in a drawer to keep your clothes fresh, or hang it up as an ornament or house-freshener.


  • Put the pomander in a clothes drawer to:
  • Cure-dry it to make it last for many years.
  • Try experimenting with different ingredients. You can use different fruits and different scents to make different kinds of pomander balls.
  • Make multiple balls and string each of them up to fill your house with a nice, spicy aroma.

History of Pomanders

Pomander balls have existed since the Middle Ages, when they were used to ward off diseases and to get rid of nasty odors. But back then, creating one was far more complicated than simply poking cloves into oranges. When they were complete, the pomanders were put into metal containers and worn as necklaces or hung from belts.


  • This is a great craft for children, but watch them, as they may hurt themselves with the toothpicks.
  • Don't keep the pomander for too long; it will mold.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothpick

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