orange pomander

This Christmas, instead of resorting to store-bought baubles to add Christmasy cheer to your home, consider some homemade Christmas decorations. These are easy to make and fun for the whole family. Be sure to choose organic products whenever possible, and get your friends, kids and neighbors involved in these three fun projects for Christmas decorating.

1. Pomander Balls

Pomander balls are a common tradition in some regions of the United States; the original item actually comes from France. Pomander is a deformation of pomme d’ambre, or amber apple. These sweetly scented Christmas treats are made not of apple but orange, and you don’t need much to make them.

Oranges, whole cloves and a bit of ribbon if you like, and you’ll be well on your way to pomander balls. Stick the oranges with cloves, making pretty patterns or with a more abstract touch. Tie each ball with a decorative ribbon. Place them in a dry place and be sure to turn them regularly; when left out for too long, these all-natural decorations may begin to spoil, but if turned regularly, they will dry out instead and perfume your home with a spicy, citrus aroma.

2. Cinnamon Stick Bundles

These bundles are even easier to make and just as pretty. Pick a few sticks of cinnamon and tie them together with a red or green ribbon. Place your bundles in a wicker basket or decoratively on the mantle, for a scented decoration to watch over your stockings, hung by the chimney with care, of course!

When you’re done with your bundles, use the cinnamon sticks in your favorite mulled wine or spiced hot cocoa recipe.

3. Jarred Winter Wonderlands

This decoration can take a bit more planning to pull off, but it’s well worth it! You’ll need a few empty glass mason jars as well as bits and pieces of winter foliage: pinecones, holly, mistletoe, pine needles… just be careful if you’re including children to keep an eye on any poisonous ingredients.

Line the bottom of your winter wonderland with glue, and add some organic cotton for snow. Decorate the wonderland with an assortment of foliage. Add the lid if you like, which can be painted to add even more festive flair.

Image: Wendy Piersall

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