Hey, hey! Santa’s workshop is in full-swing over here. We made these homemade Christmas ornaments a few years back and they still smell amazing! I just had to share this super-cheap and easy holiday craft with you today. These cinnamon ornaments are a great activity for you and your kiddos, too. They smell awesome and make great embellishments to gift-wrapped packages. Or, you could just hang them on your own tree like we did.
Nap Rating = 1 nap the first day and 1 nap the second day (or, if your child is old enough, do this together!)
Tools & Materials
- 1 c. applesauce (not chunky)
- 1 c. cinnamon (Shop for this at a warehouse store, bulk food store, or Middle Eastern market because it’s so much cheaper. I bought my cinnamon at Mr. Bulky’s and it was only $2.00)
- 2 T. cloves
- 1 T. nutmeg
- 1 T. allspice
- cookie sheet
- waxed paper
- cookie cutters (simple shapes like stars or bells work well because the cut-outs shrink slightly as they dry…the details of more complex shapes might become distorted)
- drinking straw
- glitter glue in colors of your choice
- thin ribbon
- Mix the applesauce and spices together in a bowl. Since different brands of applesauce may have different consistencies, this isn’t an exact science. Just make sure the “dough” is moist enough to hold together when you form it into a ball, but not so wet that it leaves your hands completely gooey.
- Put the dough between two sheets of waxed paper and roll out to about a 1/4-inch thickness.
- Cut out shapes using seasonal cookie cutters and transfer them to a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. You may need to use a spatula to carefully lift them.
- Keep repeating this process until you’ve used all the dough.
- Using a straw, poke holes in the top of each shape, being careful not to get too close to the edge or it won’t be strong enough to hold a ribbon or hook.
- Allow the ornaments to completely dry for at least 4 days.
- Using glitter glue pens, decorate the ornaments as you like.
- Cut lengths of ribbon and loop through the holes you cut. Tie the ends.