What is a pomander?
You may be wondering, what is a pomander? The name was unfamiliar to me at first, too. It turns out a pomander is an orange that’s been decorated with cloves. I’ve been making these for years, but now I can put a name with it! I explain a bit more about it in the video below, but pomanders have been around since the middle ages, and were originally used to ward off disease. Can you think of a more fitting craft to make in the middle of a pandemic? The bonus is that they smell lovely with that orange, spicy goodness, and look so festive, too. We were also lucky enough to have Becky Edwards with us to make these pomanders, which was amazing!
Introducing Becky Edwards
Who is Becky Edwards? You may have seen signs with Becky’s name on them around town. That’s right, friends, Becky Edwards is running for U.S. Senate to unseat Mike Lee! I’m a HUGE Becky supporter and even more so now. To say she was a phenomenal guest would be an understatement. I mean, did you know Becky is a seasoned crafter herself?! How could we have asked for more? We learned just as much about crafting from Becky as she did from us.
Making pomanders with Becky was such a treat. And look at her own cute sweater! When she arrived, she brought a bunch of festive sweaters with her, just to make sure our outfits matched. Can you say soul sister? We clicked immediately. If you think she sounds fun so far, you should watch the video of our crafting session below!
If you’re local in Utah, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about Becky Edwards over the coming months. I’m particualry excited about her because of her attention to women’s issues, and paid leave. I believe she’s just what Utah needs. She’s a moderate who I believe will do an incredible job for us.
Making pomanders with Becky Edwards
How to make a Christmas pomander
Here are the steps to making your very own Christmas pomander:
- First, tie a colored piece of ribbon around your orange however you’d like. Get creative and have fun! We tied ours like wrapping a gift.
- The next step is to take your cloves and stick them into the orange, pointy side down. It should be sharp enough to puncture the orange skin without too much trouble.
- Arrange the cloves in any pattern you want! Becky made hers into a heart shape, which we loved!
- If you’d like, you can secure the ribbon to the orange with a dab of hot glue, so it doesn’t slip off.
- You’re done!
Pomanders can be displayed on a mantlepiece, shelf, countertop, or even hung as ornaments from your Christmas tree. We can’t wait to see what you do with your pomanders, and we hope you had fun making pomanders with Becky Edwards!
If you enjoyed this post about pomanders, you’ll probably also love these other classic Christmas crafts! Christmas bulb advent calendar, holiday nesting dolls, paper honeycomb ornaments, DIY nativity puppets.