From Simple Bites.
This is a relaxing and fragrant activity to engage people of all ages and at the same time produce a pretty table centerpiece.
You will need
Firm, fresh citrus fruit. If it is too shriveled or too mushy, it will be harder to poke with cloves.
Toothpicks. A nail works well, too.
A jar of whole cloves, or more if you have a big crowd.
A citrus zester or a sharp vegetable peeler.
A rubber band or two.
Use a corner of the citrus zester to make a few designs in the skin of the orange. A peeler works too, but will make wider strips.
Poke a row of holes in the orange with a tooth pick and push the cloves into the pre-made holes. You may not find this necessary, but if you are crafting with small children, the cloves hurt their fingers without the pre-made holes.
You can make any design you like on the oranges. If you like to be precise, you can place a rubber band around the citrus and use it to make a perfect circle around the orange.
If you like, you can finish by rolling the pomanders in ground spices for extra fragrance. Ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and of course, cloves, would all be nice.