December 15, 2009

{Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments}

I was looking for a craft type of something that was easy, kid-friendly, and not super messy.

Then I went to playgroup.

It was at a friends house, and sitting on her counter top were dozens upon dozens of little gingerbread men.

Upon further inspection, I discovered that they weren't actually gingerbread, but cinnamon. And glue.

And I decided right then, that we would make our own Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments.



First things first, we assembled the ingredients.
  • Cinnamon, 4 cups worth (please get it from the dollar store.)
  • Cloves, two big spoonfuls (because I felt like it. Also, the SMELL!)
  • Applesauce, 3 cups. 
  • Glue, 1/2 cup. (more if dough is dry)
We put everything into a big bowl and stirred it up as best I could.

Then I dumped it onto the counter and kneaded it.

Next, we rolled it out and cut out festive shapes, then put the ornaments on cookie sheets, lined with parchment paper.

Then I went around and poked holes in the tops of the ornaments so that we would be able to hang them on the tree.

I put them in my oven, at 200, and let them bake for, oh, 6 hours or so.

(My friend just set hers on the counter to dry. She said it took about 4 days.)



After they're dry, let your kids decorate them.

Or not, I'm sorta a big fan of the plain look.

Also? Every time I walk by the Christmas tree, I smile. Because it smells delicious.

And now I vote that you go make some.

Because they are rad.

The. End.

18 comments:

  1. I CANNOT wait to try this!
    Thanks!!

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  2. You are such a Molly Mormon.

    I'm totally going to do this!

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  3. I will have to try this out...looks like it's easy and fun!

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  4. I used a similar recipe this year. Only I didn't have any liquid glue so I found a recipe that didn't need it. Used glitter glue instead of frosting to decorate.

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  5. I have never heard of these...what a great idea.

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  6. I think I may have to do this. Since we have a fake tree (gag, blech, ew) I need something to make my house smell like Christmas!

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  7. Dear Danielle,

    I'm telling your tree you said that.

    xoxo,
    MomBabe

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  8. These are awesome! My 3yo has a bell he made out of this with his preschool class last year and has been devastated that his older brother accidentally broke it when we were decorating the tree last weekend. NOW I know how to make more!! Thanks. :)

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  9. Great idea, MomBabe...I think I could almost handle this...

    I love that they smell delicious. I love all things delicious.

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  10. Okay those ARE totally rad. I bet your house smells wonderful.

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  11. Maylyn came home with one of these from Pre-K today!! It smelled wonderful, I think I need to make some!

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  12. My class at school makes these every year and then decorates them with glitter glue. They are great and sparkle in the lights of the christmas tree.

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  13. Super! This sounds like an awesome Christmas break project!!

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  14. I needed one more thing to add to my activity day christmas craft thingy tomorrow and I think I just found it! Thanks!! Got the Christmas card. Way cute. The kids look too big.

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  15. My daughter made these at school. So much fun. Thanks for the recipe so we can make more at home!

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  16. I made these today. The dough was not what I expected. I think I did something wrong... They are in the oven now. Cross your fingers they work!

    P.S. Did you turn yours?

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  17. I am printing your directions now! I will let you know how they turn out

    Jessica Jones
    www.atlmomguide.com

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  18. We did it and lived to blog about it! Check out our adventure in ornament making at www.atlmomguide.com Thanks for the great idea!

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