Make a Pomander Ball | Victorian Crafts


Prince William and Princess Catherine’s flower girls carried pomanders instead of bouquets at their April 29, 2011 wedding. What a nice change to the traditional bouquet.

Since the medieval times, people have enjoyed hanging pomanders around their homes, both for their decoration and their delightful scent. And remember, pomanders can also be used as kissing balls.

Make your own pomander with these two easy instructions for a dried flower pomander and a citrus pomander.

Dried Flower Pomander

Materials:

  • 3″ diameter styrofoam ball
  • White glue (Elmer’s-type)
  • Waxed paper
  • Use one or a combination of: dried flowers, lavender buds, calendula, safflower, rose buds, rose petals, baby’s breath
  • Thin ribbons
  • Hot glue sticks and glue gun
  • Silk ivy strands
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  1. Place an 18″ length of waxed paper over your work surface. Spread a cup of dried flowers (choose one type or mixed flower)  in a small patch on it to about 1/8″ depth.
  2. Take your styrofoam ball and cover it evenly with the white glue.
  3. If the floral mixture is small, such as lavender buds, roll the styrofoam ball in the floral mixture until completely covered.
  4. If using larger or whole flowers or buds, glue a small surface at a time and place the flowers, positioning them against each other tightly until entire surface is covered.
  5. Allow to dry completely, for about 12 to 24 hours.
  6. Gather 4 pieces of ribbon together and tie a knot in the center of the bundle. Place the knot on the bottom of the floral ball and lift two strands up around the north-south sides to girdle it. Tie those ribbons in a knot on the top of the ball. Repeat with the east-west sides.
  7. Take a fifth piece of ribbon and loop it through the knots at the top of the pomander ball. Tie into a knot near the loose ends to create a hanging loop.
  8. Hot glue larger flowers, rose buds, or embellishments to the top knot.

Citrus and Clove Pomander

Citrus and clove pomanders are often used around the holidays, but can add a delightful decoration and scent any time of the year.

Materials:

  • Clean, dry and undamaged citrus fruit, such as lemons or oranges
  • BBQ skewer or a 2 inch nail
  • Whole cloves
  • Dried spices such as ground cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg or coriander
  • Zip-top plastic bags
  • Narrow ribbon
  1. First, decide your design and mark it with small holes made by your skewer or nail. Space the holes approximately 1/4″ apart. Any closer and the fruit’s skin may crumble when dried.
  2. Insert cloves into the marked holes. Try to cover the pomander well. The more you cover the surface, the better are its chances of drying properly and avoiding mold.
  3. Strengthen the scent by combining 1 TBSP of ground spices per fruit with 1/2 tsp of ground orris root in your zip-top bags. Add the decorated fruit and shake until covered. The orris root will help speed the drying and enhance the fragrance’s staying power.
  4. As with the dried flower pomander, create a sling with narrow ribbon and form a bow at the top of the hanger.
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