Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cinnamon Ornaments

It's time to make cinnamon ornaments again. It seems like since the boys have grown up, I don't take the time to make all the hand's-on crafts that I did while they were young. I think it's because it was always more fun to make things together than to make them by myself. While looking for my stored boxes of Christmas cards today, I found some Christmas craft recipes taped to the back of a cupboard door. Here's one for cinnamon ornaments. They are fun and don't have all the calories of rolled sugar cookies! [Hmmm, these aren't edible, but I couldn't resist that remark].

Cinnamon Ornaments

4 oz. cinnamon (1 cup)
1 Tbsp. ground cloves
1 Tbsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. white glue

Mix spices together in bowl. Add applesauce and glue. Mix with hands. Separate into 4 parts. Roll 1/4" thick (keep it thick or the edges will curl up). Press into cookie molds or cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Insert a toothpick in top to make hole for hanging. Allow to dry 4 - 5 days on a cookie rack. Turn occasionally.

Makes beautiful tree ornaments or garlands. I kept a cinnamon and grosgrain ribbon garland in my kitchen pantry for many years. It always made it smell so nice! Tiny jingle bells glued to ornaments add shine and pretty sound effects.

There are no cinnamon ornaments in this picture because, as I said, I haven't made any for several years. Instead I've posted a picture of our Christmas tree. I decorate in stages, enjoying each stage as it happens. So far there are only lights and a golden garland. Cross-stitchen ornaments and tiny Christmas balls to follow soon.


  1. Anonymous6:44 PM

    What a chuckle I had when I came to your blog my friend. Guess what ??? yup, i have those very same lights on my tree in the dinning room !!!!
    And just today made the same cinnamon ornaments.
    Tomorrow I am doing sticking cloves in the oranges. Do you do those too ?
    I am smiling just thinking about the lights and ornaments.

  2. Anonymous9:58 PM

    I also tend to do christmas decorating is stages. My husband went and got the tree yesterday and still the it is not fully decorated.
    Anyway, I think I'll try that cinnamon ornament recipe sometime. I can just imagine how nice they must smell.


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