Easy Pomander Ball

Easy Pomander Ball

This project is a great lesson plan for all ages and disabilities It allows the student to sense different smells and by using aromatherapy oils you can inflict moods onto your students such as lavender for relaxation, orange for uplifting.

What you need

Netting or tulle
Pinking shears
Cotton wool balls
Essential oils


Take your fabric and using a small saucer or plate cut out a circle. You can draw this onto your fabric and allow the students to cut the circle out. Pinking shears are much safer as it is hard to cut yourself.

Once the circle has been cut out take a cotton wool ball and pull it and tease it till it is a soft ball of fluff.

Then have your students choose an essential oil to place onto the cotton wool ball. You can have each student smell and tell you about each fragrance as they go.

Place a few drops of oil onto the cotton wool ball and place it into the centre of the fabric circle.

Pull the fabric up around the cotton wool and twist. Tie a ribbon around the top leaving a large loop for hanging.

If you are struggling holding it together then secure it with an elastic band to make it easier before tying the ribbon.

You can hang these anywhere.


  1. 004825@sbcglobal.net says

    i am looking for activities to do with my mother who is experiencing some difficulties as she grows older. i have LOTS of kid activities from things i have done with my own children as well as children i worked with in various schools and pre schools. SOME of them are adaptable so that mom doesn’t feel like she’s doing “baby stuff”. these that you have listed (especially the pommander ball) are perfect! thank you! s

  2. I LOVE this project! It is so awesome! I used to do art therapy and this brang back memories and warm feelings:)

  3. I also meant to add that it’s great because the residents could take it away and keep the little bag in their wardrobes, drawers or just hanging in their room.

  4. I think this is a great craft. Perhaps not very interesting for the kids, but I think it would be perfect as a craft in an aged care facility – and inexpensive too. I’m going to give it a shot tomorrow at work. Thanks for this.

  5. JustCallMeDawn says

    Very cool. =0)

  6. Very good for the elderly who have lost dexterity

  7. pretty cute!

  8. I don’t think kids would be very interested in making little smelly sacks to hang around their house (no offense)

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