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How to make a winter pomander

How to make a winter pomander

I had forgotten how much I love January. We are still in deepest, darkest winter and we’ve had some beautiful blue skies recently. We’ve never made many Winter crafts but this year we are fully embracing it!

So far we’ve made a really fun winter ice lamp, mistletoe and holly and berries sun catchers. Today we’re sharing how to make a winter pomander.

We bought a large orange and used the ribbon and cloves which came in our recent hygge-in-a-box box. I also found a metal skewer which helped with the cloves.

How to make a winter pomander

How to make a winter pomander

A pomander is a traditional way to freshen the air. Orange and cloves are a beautiful combination and the winter pomander should last for years if kept in a cool, dry place.

I tied the red ribbon around a large orange, keeping it in place with a few pins.

red ribbon around a pomander

My 5 year old enjoyed looking at the cloves although she didn’t like the smell. I made holes in the orange skin using a skewer.

making holes in a pomander

Then she was able to pick a clove and push it in.

placing cloves in an orange

This was a great craft for working on her fine motor skills and we were able to talk about how people keep their homes smelling good too. I tried to make patterns with the cloves but my daughter was more interested in using them all up so the finished winter pomander looks a little haphazard.

easy winter pomander for kids to make

We’ve had it in the living room for about a week and it still smells and looks good. I can’t wait to see how it ages.

Some of our other Winter craft activities:

Winter Solstice ice lamp

Mistletoe sun catcher

Holly and berries sun catchers


  • Reply
    January 21, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I love Pomanders throughout winter and not just for Christmas – made. few this year – lovely and simple craft and great for the whole family

    Laura x

  • Reply
    Michelle twin mum
    January 21, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Ohh I recall these from when I was a kid, I’ve not seen one in years. Thanks Mich x

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