Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today is the 4th December which means I am sharing my 4th Christmas DIY with you.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some DIY Christmas decorations and thrifty food ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 4th DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
My brother and I made our first pomanders in primary school and up until a few years ago, our parents still used to hang those same pomanders on the tree! I think I must have inherited my love for DIY Christmas decorations from them…
They are made using oranges and cloves and they will last for a whole month (or up to 15 years if you are from my family!) and give off a beautiful spiced orange scent that will make you feel truly festive throughout December.
What you will need:
- Fabric ribbon
Check out the international isles in the supermarket for cheaper cloves than in the usual spices section. I got a big bag of cloves for £1 from Tiger which was much cheaper than what was offer in my local supermarket.
For the fabric ribbon, I have a little stash as I always save fabric ribbon from gifts and packaging (yep, I’m that person!) but I also got lots of offcuts from a local haberdashery once for about 50p per ribbon so it is worth looking in some independent haberdasheries if you don’t currently have any at home.
Tie the fabric ribbon over the orange as though you were wrapping a present. Secure the ribbon in the middle in a double knot leaving the rest of the ribbon trailing.
It is completely up to you whether you choose to tie the ribbon in a bow and leave the pomander sitting on a mantelpiece or tray, or whether you decide to tie it to your Christmas tree or hang it elsewhere. Personally, I prefer to hang it from the tree or keep it nestled in the garland on the mantelpiece.
Start adding the cloves to the orange, being sure to push them all the way in and to keep them quite close together- don’t worry about all of the juice that comes out of the orange- this is normal!
I might be a complete wimp, but I do find that my thumb begins to start to hurt after finishing just one of these, as the cloves can be quite spiky. So my advice would be to spread out your pomander making over the course of a few evenings as you won’t have the thumb strength to do them all in one night unless you have thumbs of steel!
I love using pomanders as thrifty festive decorations around my home, but they would also make great gifts if you are going to a friend or family members home for Christmas Day itself or another Christmassy gathering.
Check out the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland