This year, I decided to have a little tree in my kitchen decorated with citrus-fruit decorations. The first things we made were tangerine pomanders. Another easy make the whole family can do. Here's what is needed (plus tape- I forgot to add that to the photo):
First you criss-cross tape around the tangerine where the ribbon will eventually go. Then, with a toothpick or paperclip, you poke holes in your tangerine wherever you want to place your cloves. Insert cloves in the holes. This can be a bit messy as the holes seep juice when you poke them- simply wipe with a paper towel before you insert the cloves. When you are done with your clove pattern, remove the tape and add ribbon where the tape used to be finishing at the top with a bow. Finally, if you are hanging these on a tree, make a simple loop by tucking a length of through the top of the bow and tying. Alternatively, you can just put them in a bowl for decoration. The smell is so delicious and reminds me of Christmas.
Here's mine:Here's Abby's:Note#1- As your tangerine dries, it will shrink and you will probably need to tighten the ribbon.
Note#2- This is probably obvious, but you are totally not limited to tangerines- any citrus fruit will work. I have also seen beautiful dried flower and herb ones... but you'd miss out on that wonderful aroma.
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