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Colonial Crafting:
An Old-Fashioned Pomander

This was a special gift during the colonial era. The cloves and other spices used keep the fruit from molding. It was used to scent a linen draw or cabinet. Well to do people could even afford to have a bowl of spicy pomanders that could sit on a table and scent a room. This is a great project for the kids to work on!


an orange, lemon, or lime
For each piece of fruit you will need:
100 whole cloves (approximately)
1 push pen
2 T. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground orrisroot
2 plastic bags
17 inch quart of netting or mosquito bar
1 yard of ribbon
thimble (recommended)


1. Poke a hole into the fruit with the push pin.

2. Push a whole clove into the hole in the fruit. Use the thimble to protect your fingers.

3. Repeat #1 and #2 until the fruit is entirely covered with cloves.

4. Pour cinnamon into one plastic bag and the orrisroot into the other.

5. Shake the fruit first in the plastic bag that has the cinnamon in it and then transfer the fruit to the plastic bag with the orrisroot and shake it there.

6. Place your pomander on the square of netting.

7. Tie the netting together with the ribbon.

8. Hand the pomander to dry for at least 2 weeks before placing it near material.


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