Making an orange pomander is a simple winter activity that leaves your home smelling deliciously like Christmas. To make an orange pomander you will need:
an orange, small navel oranges work best for little hands
a piece of ribbon
a wood skewer, a small nail or something similar to make holes in the orange rind
Start by tying the ribbon around the orange. While this step can be omitted the ribbon is helpful to use as a line guide when poking in the cloves. Some people will wrap elastics around the orange for the same purpose. Also, it’s important that the pomander dries out completely in the months after it has been made otherwise the orange might mold and rot. Having a ribbon to hang it from is handy for this purpose and it looks rather pretty too. Once the ribbon is secure, poke holes into the orange rind using a skewer or small nail then tuck a whole clove into each hole. That’s it! My four year old was able to poke the holes and push in the cloves all on her own. My two year old was able to push in the cloves without my help, and it was a great way for him to work on fine motor control!