If you want to make clove-studded orange pomander balls to decorate your home in December, and you want to do it the “right” way, now’s a good time to start. The “right” way means preserving the orange so it does not get moldy. You have to completely cover the orange in cloves, and roll it in spices.

Read more here for the complete instructions.

If you don’t care if they are done “right” and you just like the ones that have cloves in stripes or pretty designs, that is fine too! But they will mold eventually, so maybe do those later in the season.

The photo at the top is of the pomander I made in 2018, the day I made it, and before I rolled it in spices.

Here is how the pomander looks now, one year later. It is still completely preserved and smells amazing! I did not freshen the spices at all throughout the year.

preserved orange pomander ball

(Image credit:my own photo)

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