21 December 2007

Make a pomander or an ornament out of an orange

In: 6+ Years

Mmmm, smells good. From Katherine:

Take one orange (or clemantine, or whatever... but full-size oranges smell nicer) and stick whole cloves into it, pointy end through the skin.  You can lay these out to make a picture, or abstract lines, or whatever, and it smells heavenly (try setting one on the fireplace mantle or near a hot-air vent). 

To make it into a Christmas tree ornament, before sticking in the cloves, tie a ribbon around the orange (top to bottom, then make a cross with the fabric and go back up the sides -- like wrapping a box), then make a tight knot at the top of the orange, and a loop above that.  Next, add your clove studs.

The orange will actually still be edible on Christmas morning (if that's your thing...). 

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These things are also used as projectile weapons by my husband's ex, "Crafty Mary" who likes the "sauce" along with crafting...the holidays are so much fun! To this day, 5 years later, he is still traumatized by the sight of oranges and cloves!

Let me offer a piece of advice. I have made a number of pomanders and recommend that you poke holes in the orange with a nut picker (or other pointed object) before inserting the cloves. Will save your finger tips.

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