When I was a small girl, I remember my Mom's Cloved Orange Pomander being released from its storage box each Christmas. As soon as the lid was removed, the sweet spicy scent of citrus, cloves and cinnamon would fill the air. I still have that same pomander which was made sometime in the 1940's and another one of my own which I made in the early 1990's. I always thought it was a lot of work to make a cloved orange only to find that it would grow mushy or even form mold! So I went about finding the best way to preserve these fragrant oranges in order that they could be enjoyed year after year. There is something special about the traditional sweet spices over the holidays. They bring back so many memories from Christmases past. But cloved oranges needn't be stored away with the tinsel and tree ornaments! Enjoy them year-round, hung in kitchens or closets.
We know that 1/2 the battle in many DIY projects is organizing the materials so here is Elves' Best 'Cloved Oranges Kit' for you. We provide everything except the oranges. Each Kit will make 1 or 2 or even 3 oranges, depending on how many whole cloves you use for each.
:: Whole Cloves
:: Allspice or Nutmeg
:: Decorative Ribbon (for hanging)
:: Metal Skewer (for piercing orange)
:: White Tissue Paper (for drying/storage)
:: Paper Bag (for drying/storage)
:: Elves' Secret Preservative
:: Detailed instructions including some pattern suggestions for placing your cloves