I associate pomanders with the holidays and making them as a kid in school as well as with my grandmother. I think of them more as decorative and love them in a bowl on the dining table during the month of December. It was my quick project yesterday. Takes no time at all. Find fairly thin skinned oranges as it will make pushing in the cloves so much easier. Trust me on this one. Your fingers will thank me later. Do whatever pattern you like. There is no right or wrong with how you place the cloves, just do it in a fashion that pleases your eye. Try holding the clove towards the stem when you are pushing it in, as it is then less likely you will break off the little bulb on the top of the stem. They look best when these stay intact. The oil from the skin of the orange will mix with the oil on the clove for one seriously yummy scent. It makes a great decorative object or little gift. Have fun and happy December!