Hi there lovely Remodelaholic fans! Ursula here, from Home Made by Carmona! Last time I shared how to make a Chic DIY floating frame for a canvas, and today I’m back to share a lovely fragrant project perfect for the holidays!
When I was young I had the sweetest little playhouse, a shed house my dad built for me, and I would fill it with flowers, dried herbs I hung from the ceilings, and orange clove pomanders! It was my dreamy pretend “home” filled with with great smells. To this day I imagine that the perfect holiday home would be filled with sweet aromas long before the yummy meal smells of the holiday feast began!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, orange pomanders mixed into a floral bouquet make the perfect fragrant centerpieces!
As a matter of fact, it is just the project to keep the kids out of holiday mischief (and the cooking food!), yet allows them to be a part of the festivity preparation.
Supplies: You will need cloves, and you can use apples, oranges, kiwi, and a host of other fruit, but I think small tangerines are the best! They are cute, fun for a mid-snack project, and not so big that the kids tire of the project before they are half done!
Poke whole cloves into the tangerines, or if it makes life easier for the young ones to keep a straight line, mark the tangerine with a sharpie to show where the line of cloves should be placed.
You can poke the cloves directly into the skin of the tangerine, but if you meet some difficulty getting through the skin use a skewer end to make guide holes. Of course skewers are a bit sharp for younger children to handle, so I recommend a small chopstick (it has a rounded end!).
Insert skewers into your completed pomanders and add to any flower arrangement!
Whether placed in a big wildflower styled arrangements, or small compact arrangements, pomanders help compliment the floral bouquet and fill the room with a unique fragrance. An orange and spice aroma between the scent of the flowers is one I’ll always associate with the holidays.
The best part? The pomanders last long after the flower arrangement has died. Plug the holes from the skewers with cloves, place in a bag with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, shake and allow it to cure in a dry location for several days. The orange skin will dry without the orange becoming moldy. It is almost as if you have embalmed the orange in spices…it can last months to a year! If you cover the fruit entirely with cloves, it makes a beautiful centerpiece that you can have for multiple years!
You will also enjoy my Giving Thanks DIY place settings. There is no prettier or sweeter way to show your loved ones how grateful you are to have them in your life than this Thanksgiving table setting! Learn how to make them here.
For more easy, family-friendly fall decorating, try one of these gratitude crafts:
or print a few of these lovely vintage nature images to decorate with: