A pomander, from French pomme d'ambre, i.e. apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (whence the name), musk, or civet. The pomander was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name, as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely as a useful article to modify bad smells. The globular cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or attached to the girdle, and were usually perforated and made of gold or silver. Sometimes they contained several partitions, in each of which was placed a different perfume.
The term “pomander” can be for the actual scented material itself or for the container that contains the scented material. The container could have been made of gold or silver. Pomander can be a bag containing fragrant herbs. Pomanders were an early form of aromatherapy. (source: Wikipedia)
When I was little my mom used to take oranges and cover them with large headed cloves and the house would smell amazing. I plan on doing that this week and will share in a post next week. I love old family traditions that date back years.
In the meantime, I tried making my own Pomander for Christmas to decorate the house and also as Christmas ornaments. You can make these out of any color of paper, red or white for Christmas and pink, yellow or orange for spring parties.
What you need to make a paper pomander:
- 4” white Styrofoam balls
- pearl tipped corsage pins in red or pink
- Sheets scrapbook paper
- Martha Stewart hydrangea punch
1. Using your hydrangea punch, cut out around 100 flowers. A standard 12x12 sheet of scrapbooking paper should be enough.
2. Once you have punched all your petals, stack two flowers over another, overlapping and stick the pin through the middle.
That's all there is to it! Hope you enjoy this little tutorial and make some yourself.