Ok, these are nothing new, I know. I've been making cinnamon ornaments for years, and I even remember my mother making them when I was a child. I thought I'd share one of our holiday favorites with you. These ornaments are so easy to make, and a great project to share with the kids. If you haven't given them a try, I encourage you to do so. They smell soooooo good on the tree!
- 2 cups cinnamon
- 2/3 cup applesauce
- 1 cup white craft glue (Elmer's Glue)
- Fine Glitter
- Something to hang your ornaments with
1. Make the dough!
Mix your cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl until combined. I also added some fine glitter dust to my dough to give a little sparkle.
Your mixture should make a nice dough that shouldn't be too sticky. If it is sticking to your fingers, add a bit more cinnamon. If still too dry, you can add a bit more glue.
2. Roll the dough!
It shouldn't stick to your surface if it is dry enough. If it is sticking, sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon to your surface and/or your rolling pin. Roll to about 3/8"... 1/4" seems a bit too thin, but 1/2" is a little too thick.
Use cookie cutters to cut shapes in your dough. For a tip, I suggest using a straw to poke holes in the dough to hang your ornaments by WHILE your cookie cutters are still resting in place. That will keep the pressure of punching the holes from distorting your cinnamon dough shapes.
When you remove the shapes you will notice the edges are a little rough. Use your fingers to smooth the edges of your cut shapes so they dry nice and pretty.
3. Add more sparkle!
The little bit of sparkle in the dough wasn't quite enough for my girls. They decided to add some to the top of the ornaments and gently rubbed it into the surface with their finger. It left a beautiful result! The great part is, he fine glitter sticks to the dough without the mess of extra glue.
My girls, hard at work...
4. Set aside to dry!
For drying your ornaments, you have two options. You can leave them out on the counter (I placed them on paper towels) until they are completely dry... which may take a day or more depending on how thick your dough is and how moist the air is. OR, you can place them in the oven at 200F for 2 or more hours. Either way, you will need to turn the ornaments over at least once to keep them from curling.
The dry ornaments will have a slightly lighter color.
5. Add some string!
Add some ribbon, twine, string... anything you'd like to finish the ornaments so you can hang them on the tree. Here are our finished ornaments...
6. Storage Suggestion!
To keep your cinnamon ornaments from going bad, or losing their wonderful smell while they are stored, I recommend keeping them in an air-tight container. I have kept these for years in a ziplock bag with the rest of my ornaments. Each year, I open the bag to hang them on the tree, and the smell is still lovely!
A beautiful addition to your tree, or a great way to decorate your packages!
Happy Holiday Crafting!