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Easy homemade cinnamon ornaments for your Christmas tree are a great holiday craft for both kids and adults. Fun to make and decorate, these ornaments will make your house smell amazing.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with these handmade ornaments. Meant to look like classic gingerbread cookies, cinnamon ornaments can be hung on your tree or used as a package decoration.
If you’ve never made cinnamon ornaments, these are made from just 5 simple ingredients. Mix everything together into a dough, cut them out just like regular cookies, bake until dry, and then decorate them.
You can’t help but get into the holiday spirit when you smell the aroma of cinnamon. While these ornaments aren’t edible, they do smell incredible and will last for years.
Cinnamon Ornaments Ingredients
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground cloves
- Glue - white all-purpose glue
After you cut out the cinnamon ornaments you’ll need to add a hole in the top for a ribbon. You can use either a straw or a toothpick to add the hole.
You will need to plan ahead though when poking the holes in the ornaments, knowing where you want them to hang from. While adding the holes to the ornaments you could also use a patterned rolling pin or stamps to press a pattern into the ornaments before you bake them.
After the ornaments are dried you can decorate them as desired, or leave them plain, they look beautiful either way. Cinnamon ornaments also make a great gift for friends and family, just remember that they are not edible and are to be used for decoration only.
How to Make Cinnamon Ornaments
FIRST STEP: Combine cinnamon with clove and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl.
SECOND STEP: Stir well then add applesauce and glue.
THIRD STEP: Mix by hand to form a smooth, clay-like dough.
FOURTH STEP: Roll out your dough to about ¼ inch thickness.
FIFTH STEP: Cut out holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Add a hole in the top for a ribbon with a straw or toothpick.
SIXTH STEP: Lift shapes carefully with a spatula and place them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
SEVENTH STEP: Bake at 200 degrees for 2 to 3 hours until dry and hard.
EIGHTH STEP: Tie with a ribbon and hang on your tree or use as a package decoration like our example below.
Do I have to bake cinnamon ornaments?
You can let the ornaments air dry rather than baking them. Simply lay them on a wire rack, rotating occasionally, for 2 to 3 days.
Can I use regular applesauce?
You can use regular applesauce instead of cinnamon applesauce. If you use regular applesauce you’ll probably also want to increase the amount of cinnamon.
What if the ornament edges are rough?
If the edges of the cinnamon ornaments are rough you can use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth them out.
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- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp ground cloves
- ½ cup white all-purpose glue
- ¾ cup applesauce
- 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 them 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.