how to make cinnamon ornaments with kids

December 23, 2009

My neighbor, Belinda, told me about a homemade Christmas ornament project that she does with her grandkids every year. Being ornament obsessed, I had to try it out.

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!

Juliet had fun rolling out the "apple pie play-doh!" with her mini rolling pin.

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...

I tried to etch Juliet's name into one of the sort of came out.

We let these dry for several days, turning them over several times during the drying process. (learned that tip from pocketful of posies!)

When they were completely dry--I think it took two days--we tied red ribbon through the holes.

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.

It was easy and fun and Juliet loved it.

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!


Chels said...

Wow! Really fun homemade (nice-smelling) gift idea! This is going on next year's to-do list! ☺

Jackie said...

Those turned out really cute. I bet they made your house smell really good. Thanks for the link!

artsy_momma said...

My son would love doing this.... do you think they will last for awhile or while the get yucky fast?

Raising a Happy Child said...

Wow - a fun large-scale project for lovers of cinnamon smells. Our entire family happens to hate it - I hope nobody gives us any cinnamon decorations. LOL. I was thinking why Mr Seahorse comes to mind, but then looked at your shapes. We just happen to be reading Mr Seahorse this week as a repeat read - Anna loves this book.

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