Jan 21 2012

Quilled Valentine Pomander

Published by at 4:26 pm under Valentine Quilling

quilled Valentine pomanderPomanders have been around for centuries.  Once used as a way to mask unpleasant odors, modern pomanders are a fun way to add a little extra scent to the air.  This fancy pomander is made from a plain paper mache heart ornament I found in my local craft store (on sale, of course).

 

Since the heart is hollow, the pomander is surprisingly easy to make:

 

    1. Replace the hanging thread with your choice of ribbon (this step is optional, but it’s easier if you do it first).
    2. Decoupage the outside of the heart with torn pieces of decorative paper (thinner papers work better than card stock weight papers).
    3. Poke holes into the back of the heart using a sturdy paper piercing tool or awl.
    4. Cut a door into the center of the front of the heart with a craft knife.
    5. Insert your scent of choice (potpourri, perfumed cotton balls, purchased scent beads – you could even use a torn up car deodorizer).
    6. Close the door and seal it up by covering it with additional decorative paper strips.
    7. Decorate the front of the pomander with your choice of trims and quilling design.

pomander steps

     

To decorate mine, I ruffled a small doily (sew a circular running stitch about a half inch from the doily’s center and pull the thread tight) and glued it to the center of the heart.  I then glued on three rolled roses made from card stock, three sets of leaves made from strips of crimped quilling paper, and bits of red pearls left over from a Christmas project done long ago.

 

Inexpensive and oh, so pretty, these little pomanders would make lovely, and useful, Valentine’s Day gifts.

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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Quilled Valentine Pomander”

  1. Antonellaon 21 Jan 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Beautiful! Love your tutorial too! Hugs, antonella 🙂

  2. Teddie Seeleyon 23 Jan 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Charlotte,

    Wonderful tutorial, but I think that since it is so beautiful, I would want to come up with some sort of hinge so that I could refill the scent once it has faded.

    Teddie

  3. Charlotteon 23 Jan 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks, Teddie. What a wonderful idea! The solid edge of the paper mache door acts like a hinge, but you could add some sort of latch that would allow you to open and close the door. You could hide the latch under the decoration, or have it showing if it is pretty.

    If anyone tries this, please let me know. I’d love to see it.

  4. Leticiaon 23 Jan 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I am inlove with this. So beautiful.

  5. Bronwynon 23 Jan 2012 at 9:12 pm

    This is cute and classy. I will be looking in our cheap shops in Australia to see what I can find to give it a go.

  6. Philippaon 26 Jan 2012 at 10:12 pm

    This is a beautiful project, Charlotte! Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  7. Lisa Mon 07 Feb 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Wow, I love this. You did a great job!
    Love the flowers!

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