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how to make pomanders

pomanders These look great on the Christmas tree and are easy to make.

You will need:
cloves
a cocktail stick
a citrus fruit – order from Riverford
ribbon

Use the cocktail stick to make holes all over the fruit and push a clove into each hole. Then, put the fruit in an airing cupboard and leave it for two weeks to dry and go hard or to speed it up, put it in the bottom of a cooling oven. As the fruit dries, it will start to feel lighter and smell stronger.

Once it’s dried out, wrap a ribbon round it and tie the ends into a bow.

If you want your pomander to smell even more Christmassy, dust some spicesĀ over it. Cinnamon and ginger work well.