Pomander balls made from natural fruit are beautiful holiday decorations that also make the house smell wonderful. My kids enjoy making these clove orange balls, which are pretty easy for even young kids to make.
We find it helpful to use a paper piercing tool to make it easier to insert the cloves. You can go all out and cover the orange with cloves, or simply add a few. My older kids enjoy making patterns on theirs. For my youngest, I pre-jabbed the orange with holes, and gave him a bowl of cloves to put on himself.
A nice fresh orange with firm flesh is easier to manage. As it dries out, the scent becomes better and better. We keep ours in a basket, but with the addition of a ribbon, they are pretty to hang.
Check out some other holiday nature crafts we’ve done:
The book, Nature’s Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere has more ideas for easy and fun nature crafts for kids.
- Art from Nature
- Vines, Twigs, Cones, and Moss
- Gourds, Pods, Husks, and Seeds
- Clay, Stones, Sand, and Shells
- Paints, Inks, and Dyes
- Flowers and Leaves
- Stamps, Stencils, Molds, and Seals
There is also an appendix of nature skills, such as choosing the right vines and leaves, and which plants can be used for coloring and painting. In addition, there is a handy index to gift suggestions for several holidays and a reading list of fiction and nonfiction titles related to the crafts in Nature’s Art Box.
The book includes reminders to be good stewards and to be careful when collecting craft items. For example, the author emphasizes not to take a living creature or a creature’s home when gathering shells at the beach. The author also provides background material about many of the projects, such as totem poles and sand paintings. Projects from different cultures are featured, and Nature’s Art Box fits in nicely as a supplement to history studies, especially for hands-on learners.
My boys have a blast gathering materials and creating something beautiful out of their finds. And they add so much holiday cheer to our home!