Celebrate the sweet smell of Christmas with cinnamon. These cute & fragrant ornaments are super easy to create and a make a fun project for families. (Or just for you.)
This craft is a holiday classic. We aren’t sure where the recipe or idea came from originally. If it was you – respect. On an internet search, we found over 20 variations. Some were more complex than how we make ours. Others, almost identical. Either way, this simple project is a winner.
Spicy Cinnamon Ornaments
2 cups ground cinnamon
1-3/4 cups plain applesauce
Preheat Oven to 225.
Mix together cinnamon and applesauce until a thick dough forms. You may need to use your hands towards the end, it gets firm.
Sprinkle a rolling surface with more cinnamon and work the dough into a flat circle. Roll out to about 1/4″ inch and use cookie cutters of choice to create festive shapes. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Poke a hole in the top with a straw or skewer.
Bake for 2 to 3 hours, until dried all the way though. Ours took about 3 hours.
Once cooled, thread with ribbon. You can hang them inside – they smell wonderful and spread cheer throughout the house. Or you can hang them outside. Many kinds of birds love cinnamon and will enjoy sharing holiday fun with you.
We have also seen these decorated more elaborately for indoor use: painted or with beads/glitter pasted on. If you use paints or other decorations, though – don’t put them outside for the birds!