I was riding the bus the other day when my friend Angela threw a clementine at me. “What’s this?” I asked. “Your Christmas present. It is your Christmas clementine, Clemmy.” “Well, thanks.” I decided to make an ornament out of dear Clemmy. I have always wanted to try those pomander balls, with all the cloves sticking out of a piece of fruit. This was my perfect opportunity. I was happy to discover that I had everything I needed to make it at home, which meant that this Cutie was to be very frugal as well.
Here is what you need to make a Pomander Ornament:
- a clementine (or other citrus fruit)
- some ribbon
- a needle (optional)
Start out with a generous piece of ribbon (enough to loop on the top for hanging, to go around the fruit once, and to hang down a bit from the bottom). Hold the middle of this piece of ribbon, and tie a knot, forming a loop with a knot securing it.
Cut another piece of ribbon. This one can be a little bit shorter than the length of the first ribbon.
Position the two pieces of ribbon on the top of the fruit in an X shape. Gather at the bottom of the fruit and tie in a knot.
Push cloves into the fruit along the ribbon. If you have trouble getting one in, you can poke a hole in the fruit first and then insert the clove. Fill up as much of the surface as you like. I stuck with just the edges of the ribbon, but you can fill the whole space if you want to.
Your pomander ornament is ready to hang wherever you want.
**Note: If your fruit is particularly juicy, you may want to use the ribbons as a guide to mark where you want to place the cloves on the fruit, but then remove the ribbons while you insert the cloves. After inserting the cloves, place the fruit on some paper (newspaper would work great), and wait for it to dry out. Then tie the ribbons around it to complete the ornament. Clemmy was quite juicy, and I wish I had let her dry out before securing the ribbons.**