|Orange & Clove Pomander|
To Make the Orange & Clove Pomander: Wrap a ribbon several times around an orange & tie it off at the top in a way that can be hung. Poke small holes in the orange skin using a skewer (optional, but it makes the next step much easier) & gently press whole cloves into the holes. You can make a simple design or get complex, whatever you want! Hang it to dry and smell lovely. You can also forego the ribbon and put a few orange pomanders in a glass bowl as a center piece. Great decoration for a Regency or Victorian Era themed gathering or book party!
Applesauce & Cinnamon Pomander Ornaments
(original recipe from McCormick's)
3/4 Cup Plain Applesauce
1 Cup Ground Cinnamon
(Or use other spices like allspice, nutmeg, ground clove, etc., equal to 1 cup.)
Fun Shaped Cookie Cutters or Cookie Moulds
(These fandom cookie cutters from Warpzone Prints would be AWESOME for this recipe!)
Suggestion: You can make 3D ornaments by cutting out the individual pieces, completely drying them, & then gluing them together (like the BMO ornament I made).
2. Transfer the shapes to a baking tray & bake in a 200°F oven for about 2 1/2 hours, flipping the shapes halfway through. You can also let these air-dry for a couple of days (instead of using the oven), making sure to flip them every so often (air drying can protect against any cracking or deforming that might happen in the oven). The ornaments will lighten in color as they dry.
3. Once the ornaments are dry, you can leave them as is or you can decorate with craft paints, glitter, puffy paints, etc.—get creative! String each ornament with thread or ribbon & hang on your tree, or from a light, or on a wreath, or your front door, or wherever you want!