Here's what she told me to do: "Get a big jar of cinnamon, a container of elmer's glue, and some apple sauce. Mix equal parts cinnamon and applesauce and pour in the entire container of glue. Mix it up, roll it out, and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Oh, and don't forget to punch a hole in the tops for the string to go through."
So, we did just that. (Yes, that's organic apple sauce--that's all they had at the dollar store!)
Fortunately, I am not one for exact measurements, so Belinda's instructions were right up my alley--but if you need a more precise recipe, check out Jackie's at Pocketful of Posies!
I didn't have any Christmas cookie cutters, but we made do with some valentines ones and our stash of play-doh supplies. We punched holes in the top with a drinking straw.
This recipe makes A LOT of dough. We made an entire cookie tray of ornaments and STILL had half of the dough left over. Maybe precise measurements are good for something after all...
We let these dry for several days, turning them over several times during the drying process. (learned that tip from pocketful of posies!)
Our house smells like cinnamon or as Juliet puts it, "a big apple pie!" I hung several on our tree, some in our car, and gave the remainder as gifts.
Some books that come to mind with this project are:
Penguin book: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Seahorse Book: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
Apple Pie Book: The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
Do you have any good ornament recipes? Please share!