Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

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I like building our ornament collection slowly, so I don't usually go out and buy ornaments en mass. Daniel and I have a tradition of picking up a cheesy Christmas ornament when we go on trips, so we have some from that, and then there are a few I've made the past few years. Our tree was still a little empty, though, so I decided to give these cinnamon dough ornaments a try. That way we don't have to feel obligated to pack them up every year and we can throw them away without feeling too guilty. Plus they smell good!


1 cup ground cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup craft glue plus more for decorating
In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup applesauce using a rubber spatula.

Stir in 1/2 cup craft glue. Stir the dough until consistency is smooth and dry. Let stand 1 hour.

Turn out one-quarter of dough onto a cool, flat surface; flatten with your hands.

Flatten with a rolling pin to 1/4 inch thick. If dough becomes too dry, spritz with water. If it sticks to rolling pin or work surface, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

Cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters (we got a fun woodland set from Ikea) or a craft knife. Make sure to cut out holes for hanging string, or you can push paperclips into the dough for the small ornaments.

Air-dry ornaments on a wire rack lined with paper towels for 24 hours, turning them over every 6 hours or so to keep them flat. Alternatively, preheat oven to 200 degrees. Transfer ornaments to a baking sheet; bake, flipping once, until dry, about 2 hours.

Using a bottle with an applicator tip, spread craft glue over the area you wish to decorate.
While glue is still wet, sprinkle with glitter or beads, holding ornament over a bowl as you work; tap off excess.

Repeat with different colors until pretty!

From: Martha Stewart

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