DIY Fruit Pomander Tray

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Nasty weather is settling upon us in Eastern Iowa and it's getting harder to kick my kids out of the house to play. A friend recently had kids making apple pomanders and I loved the idea so much, I created a DIY Fruit Pomander Tray at my house, too. A few supplies are all you need - and a pretty, aromatic display is your reward for giving your kids something crafty to do.

DIY Fruit Pomander Tray

Here's how you can create your own DIY Fruit Pomander Tray, too!


  • Tray
  • Fruit: apples, oranges, pears
  • Whole cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Burlap
  • Skewers for poking fruit

DIY Apple Pomader Fruit Tray

I'm honestly not one for putting together crafty things for my kids to do. I love when they go outdoors and use nature to create and play with on their own. But heading outdoors is getting harder in the winter with rainy and or frigid weather. Having crafty things readily available keeps the TV off, and keeps my kids busy creating, and this DIY Fruit Pomander Tray is a way to bring nature inside to them! I love the scents that emanate from this tray, and my kids {especially the younger two} just gravitate toward it and get busy.

How to Make a Fruit Pomander

How to make a DIY Fruit Pomander Tray
Making the fruit pomander is seriously easy. All you have to do is push whole cloves into fruit. We found that it works fine on all sorts of fruit - apples, oranges, and pears. If pushing the cloves into the fruit is a little too hard, use a skewer to make a hole first, and then push the clove into the hole.

DIY Fruit Pomander Tray - pears with letters
I love the pears with letters spelled out to make words! I think they would look so pretty on a fire place mantel and look forward to the day when I have pretty house again to decorate! I spelled out LOVE on four pears while my kids made patterns.

DIY apple and orange pomaders

My kids also enjoyed pushing cinnamon sticks in the tops of the apples and tying burlap on the cinnamon.

Apple Pomander with Name

But the biggest hit for the kids, of course, was spelling out their names.

Making these pomanders also resulting in a homeschooling lesson when the kids asked were cloves come from. I had no idea and had to look it up. Turns out, cloves come from an evergreen tree in the Myrtle family, found in Indonesia, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka. Laura Ingalls Wilder also talked about her Ma receiving them for a Christmas present from one of her sisters in her popular Little House on the Prairie Books - some of my all time favorite books ever. We loved learning these facts while we made fruit pomanders from our DIY Fruit Pomander Tray!

When you make these pomanders, will you make patterns or words?

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I’m Michelle and I blog over at Simplify, Live, Love. I live in rural Eastern Iowa with my husband, 4 kiddos, 17 chickens 3 rabbits, 1 dog, AND a cat. We are self employed crazies trying to balance it all and live sustainably at the same time. In addition to blogging, I garden, can, homeschool, and teach online community college classes too! Hop on over for more on our crazy life in Eastern Iowa.

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