The Pomander or the “Kissing Ball”

  Medieval woman with pomander.   By Pieter Janz. Pourbus (http://weissgallery.com) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Medieval woman with pomander. By Pieter Janz. Pourbus (http://weissgallery.com) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

A proper name for the Kissing Ball is a Pomander. They got their start a long time ago, way back during the medieval times. They were silver or gold containers that carried perfumes in order to chase away bad odors or diseases. By the time of the Victorian era, they became clove-studded oranges.  

Today we enjoy these pomanders -- affectionately called “kissing balls” -- at weddings, during Christmas time (mistletoe), at bridal or baby showers, as center pieces or hanging from above parties or as a decor in your home. 

They can be made of real flowers, silk flowers or -- as I make them -- out of art paper. The real flower pomanders are gorgeous, but they fade away and die within 2-3 days. The silk flower ones appear to be “cheap” looking, and the ones made out of tissue paper can get distorted looking quite fast.

I make my pomanders out of art paper. They are extremely durable, and more times then not, before someone holds one, they ask me if these are real flowers. I use either white paper that I hand color to the desired tint. I also use printed art paper for an added color and design, and as with white paper, the printed paper flowers get tint on the ends to add a touch of beauty.  

How did I start making these? You....you are the ones that suggested that I create something like this, and since I was already making the topiaries this was a natural move forward.

What color Pomander would you like me to make for you?