Monday, December 3, 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas Day 3: Orange and Clove Pomanders

Day 3 of My Scandinavian Christmas is by Hilda Grahnat. Hilda is one of my absolute favorites. She photographed a lot of my DIY projects when I first moved here and before she moved to Oslo, where she now resides (she's from Sweden). Aside from being a fantastic photographer, she's also a wonderful person and stays very true to her artistic vision always.

This simple and all natural decoration is pretty much the only Christmas craft I do each year. It’s so easy and quick and best of all - it makes your home smell great! I’ve always thought this was a Swedish thing, but after some googling I’m not so sure. I used to make them with my mom when I was a kid and the smell of these is one of the few things nowadays that get me in a holiday mood.

All you need is some oranges, cloves and something sharp, like a sowing needle, tooth pick or push pin. Push the pin through the orange peel in the pattern you want to create, then insert a clove in each hole.

The traditional way to decorate with pomanders is to hang them in your window with red ribbon, but I prefer to put them in my fruit bowl with the rest of my fruit. Or I just lay one on a pretty plate with a stick of cin- namon beside it. Variation is endless! Why not spell out Christmas with one letter on each orange and put them in a row on your windowsill?
Thank you so much Hilda! Come and visit us in America! Check out Hilda's beautiful photography here. And check out my version of this project from last year's 24 days of Christmas Crafts.

5 comments:

Martina said...

Lovely, we actually always do this too, so I guess it's also a Czech tradition? :D

Joonavar said...

LOVE your work, this really was a treat for the eyes so late at night!!

Heidi said...

Lovely - actually this was one of the ideas I had so I'm so happy Hilda did it (and her pictures are nicer than mine would have been).

Anonymous said...

How do you stop the orange from going mouldy?

Anonymous said...

They will dry out over time. I've never had a problem with mould. Just like a pumpkin at Halloween, when the time comes, bin (or compost) them. They smell lovely when you walk into a room. There is another method that involves drying them out first but I haven't tried it yet.