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Orange Pomanders & the Scents of Christmas

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To make our home merry and bright these Holidays I made my own Christmas decorations. My kids helped me make orange pomanders and dried orange and cinnamon ornaments.
To make the ornaments you start by drying sliced oranges in the oven overnight. Our oven was set at about 75 degrees Celsius or 170 Fahrenheit.
The next day you simply attach a cinnamon stick to each slice of orange with some twine. Et viola, homemade Christmas decorations that smell divine!
We made also made pomanders with oranges and cloves-they smell wonderful, especially when placed on a platter with some evergreens and tea light candles.
The house really smells like Christmas now!
For more Christmas ideas please visit my Christmas blog http://keepingthechristmasspiritalive365.blogspot.com/

To see more: http://keepingthechristmasspiritalive365.blogspot.com/2010/12/we-have-been-busy.html

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 14, 2014

    Such a great idea!

  • Barbara Heist
    Barbara Heist Saline, MI
    on Nov 14, 2014

    So awesome. Thank you for sharing.

    • Natasha In Oz
      Natasha In Oz Australia
      on Nov 16, 2014

      @Barbara Heist My pleasure-thank YOU for your sweet message.

  • Katt Jezek
    Katt Jezek Salt Lake City, UT
    on Nov 14, 2014

    Great idea! So you think a light spray glue and glitter might hinder the smell? Just asking on a design aspect.

    • Natasha In Oz
      Natasha In Oz Australia
      on Nov 16, 2014

      @Katt Jezek It could hinder the smell but the scent isn't strong for too long anyway so if you want to preserve them go for it. I use cinnamon essential oil on the sticks to add extra cinnamon-y goodness!

  • Roger
    Roger Garfield, NJ
    on Nov 14, 2014

    I remember my aunt generously studding an orange with cloves, and drying it and keeping it as a pomander for a long, long time......and I used to love to pick it up, just for the great smell....I'll bet it sat in the bowl on the dining room table for a year or so......maybe longer.....

    • Natasha In Oz
      Natasha In Oz Australia
      on Nov 16, 2014

      @Roger They can last for a long time so long as you use LOTS of cloves. The smell is extraordinary!

  • Stacey nagle
    Stacey nagle Cazenovia, NY
    on Nov 15, 2014

    I made these many moons ago and dried apple slices also and strung them across my fireplace.Funny thing I sat there one night and watched a resident mouse climb the stone fireplace and reach his little leg out to grab the twine ,to say the least he had a very merry holiday season

    • Natasha In Oz
      Natasha In Oz Australia
      on Nov 16, 2014

      @Stacey nagle Cheeky mouse! I love the idea of apples. I might give that a go!

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