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I love them so much!

For anyone who's never done it, all you need is a decent sized orange and some cloves. Stud the orange all over with cloves, using the pointy bit to pierce through and leave the round bit poking out. When the orange is completely covered with cloves, put it somewhere warm and dry like an airing cupboard or near a radiator. Within a few weeks, the orange will dry out and will have the most wonderful Christmassy smell in the world!

I made lots last year as a stress reliever during Uni. I tied some pretty red ribbons around some and gave them as little gifts to my friends. And because I'd left them in my window seat right next to a radiator, my whole room smelled of festive loveliness for weeks and weeks

I'm going to do the same again this year, I have a new room and want it to smell good. I'll probably start making them at the end of October so that they'll be totally hard and dried by the beginning of December when i go home.

I really recommend them to anyone who's never made one, they smell incredible!!!
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I think I might have to try this!!! thanks for the idea ... I can imagine smelling it now. mmmmm
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I have in the past. Where did you let yours dry?
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I have in the past. Where did you let yours dry?
In my accomodation last year, I had storage space in a window seat which ran right behind the radiator.

In the past, at home, I left them in a corner of the airing cupboard. My clothes ended up smelling quite orangey though...
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I have never done this but it sounds like it would smell great. I will defintely try it this year.
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I have not made one of those for years, but you are right, the smell is wonderful! Maybe I will make one again this year. Thanks.
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I live in Lafayette, LA, USA and it is quite humid here.
I am afraid my orange would mold. Could I speed up the process and put it in the oven for a time to dry it out?
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You kids and your Pokemon...

"Bet my Pikachu can beat your Pomander!"

Oh, the humanity.
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I have wanted to make these in the past. I might do that this year.
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Originally Posted by Faithmom6 View Post
I live in Lafayette, LA, USA and it is quite humid here.
I am afraid my orange would mold. Could I speed up the process and put it in the oven for a time to dry it out?

I don't know why it is that the oranges don't mould, but I've never had a problem, keeping them in warm places. Perhaps they do mould but I don't see the process because I leave them untouched for weeks! I'm not sure.

Do you have an airing cupboard or a cupboard close to a radiator? As long as it's somewhere dry within the house, you'll be fine

I gave one of these to my college friend last year, and he says that his bedroom at home still smells lovely thanks to it. They don't really lose their smell, which is wonderful.

I hope that everyone who decides to make them enjoys doing so! It's a great thing to do with kids too, I wish I could share it with my little cousins but by the time I'm home, it'll already be December and will be too late
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