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Woodside National Historic Site

Ball and Cup Craft

A big hit for kids and adults too! Give yourself plenty of space while playing lest you bop someone in the nose!


  1. Each person needs one cup, one cork, one string, one thumbtack, one piece of tape and one pencil
  2. Use the pencil to punch a hole in bottom of your cup.
  3. Pull the string through the hole in the bottom of your cup.
  4. Tie a knot (perhaps a double or triple knot) in the string on the inside of your cup.
  5. Tape knotted end of string down to the bottom of your cup (on the inside of your cup).
  6. Tie a knot at the other end of your string.
  7. Push thumbtack through the knot.
  8. Attach thumbtack to the cork.
  9. Pick out some stickers.
  10. Decorate your ball and cup.

A traditional wooden ball and cup toy
Traditional wooden ball and cup toy.
© Parks Canada

How to make a Pomander

  1. Using a straight pin, prick the skin of a medium-sized orange and insert a clove. Repeat until the orange is densely covered in cloves. For variation, use cloves to create a pattern or design. (If any orange skin is exposed, omit step #2.)
  2. Roll your covered pomander in a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice (1 tbsp each) to enhance its scent.
  3. Add 1 tsp. dried orris root to prevent mold.
  4. Place in a paper bag and store in a cool place for approximately one month until it has dried out. Your pomander should sound hollow and feel lightweight. Refresh with spice mixture.
  5. Adorn with ribbon to hang or display in a bowl.
A complete pomander
Admire the festive pomanders at Woodside.
© via "Layla". Used with permission, 2010

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