Jan 21 2012
Pomanders 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:
- Replace the hanging thread with your choice of ribbon (this step is optional, but it’s easier if you do it first).
- Decoupage the outside of the heart with torn pieces of decorative paper (thinner papers work better than card stock weight papers).
- Poke holes into the back of the heart using a sturdy paper piercing tool or awl.
- Cut a door into the center of the front of the heart with a craft knife.
- Insert your scent of choice (potpourri, perfumed cotton balls, purchased scent beads – you could even use a torn up car deodorizer).
- Close the door and seal it up by covering it with additional decorative paper strips.
- Decorate the front of the pomander with your choice of trims and quilling design.
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.