Cinnamon Ornaments – updated and reposted
Here is a fun project to do as a family! It’s easy, inexpensive, and makes your house smell delightful! Mattie and I made these for Christmas a couple years ago. One trick I learned? Have extra cinnamon on hand. For some reason, I ended up needing a little more then was called for.
What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer’s)
Plastic food wrap
Cookie cutters or a knife
Ribbon or yarn for hanging
Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if the dough is too stiff.
Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least a half hour.
Remove the dough, knead again to make sure it’s smooth. Flatten/roll the dough between waxed paper until it’s between 1/4″ thick and 1/8″ thick.
Cut out desired shapes, use a straw to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. The circle of dough will pull out with the straw.
Gently place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper. They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat. OR bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.
Don’t be surprised to see that the ornaments get smaller during the drying process. Keep this in mind when you pick out the cookie cutters for your designs. You will also notice that if you do not turn the ornaments over often enough while they are drying, the edges of the ornaments will curl.
When dry, thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through the hole to hang.
TIP: These ornaments make fantastic Grandma and Grandpa gifts! They are also awesome “gift tags” on presents to friend and neighbors.