I'm from Southeastern Virginia, right down the road from Colonial Williamsburg. Naturally, I'm drawn to the classic styles of the area (and era), and that doesn't disclude Christmas decorations! For out final holiday craft this season, allow me to introduce pomanders to you! Traditionally a Christmas air freshener, as well as a way to ward off disease, a pomander is made from a piece of fruit (usually citrus) and whole cloves. Once dried, the natural air freshener will last for years!
citrus fruit, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit
Simply place the whole cloves into the flesh of the fruit in any pattern you'd like. Allow the fruit to dry for several days, letting the natural oils and fragrances perfume your home! If you'd like, tie a sturdy ribbon around the fruit and hang from a window or chandelier. Use the pomanders in drawers, cupboards, or as part of your seasonal decor (or year round!). Enjoy the scents of the season!