Originally posted 2014-11-12 08:00:30.
Fragrant Holiday Ornaments That Are Easy to Make!
Many years ago, I ran across a recipe for cinnamon-applesauce dough ornaments in a magazine. I was so excited to make them because I wanted to decorate my office for the Holidays that year and I thought they would make a great addition! A lady visiting the office kept commenting on how cute they were (like, really kept stressing it!) and wouldn’t you know, another employee saw her taking one of the ornaments down and sticking it in her pocket! I’m sure that if she’d known how to make cinnamon-applesauce dough holiday ornaments, she could have made her own! Needless to say, I was a tad unhappy.
There are other crafters who add Mod Podge or glitter to the mixture. I like to add a special twist to the ornaments once they are dry…
- 1 – 4 oz. bottle of ground cinnamon
- 1 jar of applesauce
- Rolling pin (<– affiliate link!)
- Assorted cookie cutters
- 1 drinking straw
- 1 tube of white puffy craft paint
Start by mixing 1/2 cup of applesauce to the entire bottle of cinnamon. If the dough is crumbly, add applesauce in small increments until the dough is sticky. (The original recipe can be found on the McCormick website.)
I cut open a plastic shopping bag and placed the dough between two layers of the plastic to roll it out with a rolling pin. Roll the dough to approximately 1/4″ thickness.
Use cookie cutters to cut out a few shapes… I used a couple of large cookie cutters I found at Target. Larger cookie cutters will yield fewer shapes and smaller cookie cutters will yield more shapes. I kept rolling and cutting the dough until I ran out! I used a drinking straw to cut a hole in the top of each shape for hanging.
I placed the shapes on a piece of parchment to dry on the counter for a few days. The shapes can also be arranged on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven at 250° for 2-1/2 hours. I don’t like to bake them in the oven because the edges tend to burn, especially if the dough is rolled thin – it does smell good, though!
Now here is the fun part… I like to use white puffy craft paint to add detail to the ornaments similar to icing!
Thread a cord or ribbon through the hole and hang them up!
Smaller shapes make excellent package toppers, too!
Rhinestones, beads, and other crafty bits can be added to the ornaments, also. The ornaments are easy and inexpensive – I bought the cinnamon and applesauce at the dollar store. In all, the ornaments cost me less than $10 to make this batch!
So, what do you think? Now that I’ve shared how to make cinnamon-applesauce dough holiday ornaments, will you make a few, too?