Friday, December 12, 2008

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments

I've been meaning to make these ornaments for several years now, but somehow am always down a few ingredients... which is ironically also the case today. However, I'm hoping that I'll FINALLY have the get up and go to actually get this done this weekend. I already have a huge canister of cinnamon, so now all I need to complete the project is applesauce and glue. I have high hopes for these ornaments not only looking nice, but also bringing the smell of simmering apple cider to the house-- I'll let you know if they deliver. (These ornaments are not edible, but should last for several years)

What you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer's)
  • Bowl
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie cutters or a knife
  • Ribbon or yarn for hanging
  • Straw

How to make it:

  1. 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.
  2. Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least a half hour.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Check out the full recipe at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful craft idea. Thanks for sharing!