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Simple and beautiful, these classic old-fashioned cinnamon ornaments are the perfect holiday craft to do with your kids this Christmas. A longtime family favorite, an easy dough is made then baked into shapes with the help of cookie cutters. You’ll love this magical and sweet activity.
Want more DIY? Try these burnt wood ornaments and DIY light sign for more holiday decor. Add a cozy Christmas scent to the air with homemade Christmas potpourri. P.S. Don’t miss these gingerbread and gingersnap recipe ideas.
CINNAMON ORNAMENTS INGREDIENTS
You will need:
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves
- ½ cup white all-purpose glue
- ¾ cup applesauce
NOTE: These ornaments are not edible and are to be used for decoration only!
SUBSTITUTION AND ADDITIONS
Cinnamon Applesauce: I used cinnamon applesauce for my ornaments if you use regular applesauce, you’ll probably want to increase the amount of cinnamon!
HOW TO MAKE THIS CINNAMON ORNAMENTS RECIPE
STEP ONE: Combine cinnamon with clove and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl.
STEP TWO: Stir well then add applesauce and glue. Mix by hand to form a smooth, clay-like dough.
STEP THREE: Roll out your dough to about ¼ inch thickness.
PRO TIP: You can layer your dough between two sheets of plastic wrap to make it easier and less messy while rolling it out.
STEP FOUR: Cut out holiday shapes with cookie cutters.
STEP FIVE: Add a hole in the top for a ribbon with a straw or toothpick.
PRO TIP: You have to plan ahead though when poking the holes in the ornaments. Also, you could use a patterned rolling pin or stamps to press a pattern into the ornaments before proceeding.
STEP SIX: Lift shapes carefully with a spatula and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
STEP SEVEN: Bake at 200 degrees for 2 to 3 hours until dry and hard.
PRO TIP: You can skip the oven and let the ornaments air dry if you would rather. Just lay them out on a wire rack for 2 to 3 days, rotating occasionally.
STEP EIGHT: Tie with a ribbon and hang on your tree or use as a package decoration or DIY gift. You can also decorate your ornaments with glue, metallic paint, craft paint, and glitter if you’d like to.
PRO TIP: If your edges are a little rough, you can use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth them out. Also, you can use a Sharpie to write the year on the back!
I recommend placing these gems in sandwich baggies when you’re putting away decorations, especially if they’re decorated.
Easy to make and filled with the sweet smell of cinnamon, these old-fashioned cinnamon ornaments will become a favorite holiday tradition for your family each Christmas. It only takes a few minutes to mix and bake the dough, before using cookie cutters and popping your creations in the oven. The result is darling ornaments that are perfect for decorating or keepsake gifting.
MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup white all-purpose glue
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- NOTE: These ornaments are not edible and are to be used for decoration only!
- Combine cinnamon with clove and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl.
- Stir well then add applesauce and glue.
- Mix by hand to form a smooth, clay-like dough.
- Roll out your dough to about ¼ inch thickness.
- Cut out holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Add a hole in the top for a ribbon with a straw or toothpick.
- Lift shapes carefully with a spatula and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 2 to 3 hours until dry and hard.
- Tie with a ribbon and hang on your tree or use as a package decoration like our example below.