Pomander Ball Workshop


Make your own Holiday Pomander Ball!  Our Pomander Ball workshop, oranges studded with cloves and hung from ribbon, provides a fun, holiday activity for the whole family. 



Make your own Holiday Pomander Ball!  Whether these long lasting Pomanders are used as centerpieces, ornaments or as part of garland, they are guaranteed to keep your house smelling like spice and all things nice right through the New Year!  A Family orientated workshop, making Pomander Balls provides a great mixed age activity. 

I remember making Pomander Balls with my mother and siblings as part of our Holiday Tradition.  It wasn’t Christmas without them! 

Medieval herbalists used pomanders—mixtures of fragrant, dried herbs in cloth bags or perforated boxes—to ward off illness or bring strength and good fortune.

The word “pomander” derives from the French pomme d’ambre, meaning “apple of amber”—a reference to the round shape of the object and the occasional addition of ambergris (an aged substance from the bile duct of a sperm whale). Strongly scented pomanders of ambergris were used in Europe during the time of the Black Death to (unsuccessfully) cover up and purify “bad air.”

Today, pomander balls are usually a lot simpler; most consist of an orange or other citrus fruit studded with cloves and dusted with cinnamon. 

Our Pomander Ball Workshop happens at Stonewall Farm as part of our Friday Community Market Pop-up Craft Series! Dec 10, 4-7pm.  $5 covers all materials.

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Dates December 10, 2021