How to make fragrant pomander balls

Craft your own clove-studded oranges

Pomander balls — they have a delightful spicy aroma everyone will enjoy. Wrap firm and perfect oranges with narrow cotton tape to form four equal sections. Stick whole cloves evenly and closely enough to cover entire exposed surface. Sprinkle with powdered orris root (available at drugstores). Let stand several days.

Shake off surplus powder, replace tape with red ribbon. Allow enough length to tie several pomander balls in a cluster and top with spray of greens and big red bow. Add tiny bows to ribbons for another pretty touch.

Snip off balls for guests to hang later in their linen or clothes closet.

>> The popular ribbon sachets (1910)


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Source publication: American Home

Source publication date: December 1959

Filed under: 1950s, Christmas, Hints & tips

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