Some of my most favorite ornaments on our tree are the silly, crooked and badly colored ones I made as a little kid. There are some beautiful store bought ornaments out there but for me, homemade are the best. Last year the girls and I tried craft clay ornaments. We painted and modge podged and gave them away as gifts.
This year I thought we’d try cinnamon dough ornaments. Two ingredients to a delightful smelling house! I mean, two ingredients to super cute ornaments! Over 8 hours later my house still smells like a Yankee Candle store (without the pushy sales people), the girls have something to show for their time in the kitchen and my house smells good. Did I mention the smell? It’s good. All in all, a good day. This is a completely kid friendly craft, but please note, it requires a little bit of vigorous scrubbing to get the dough off your hands.
Did I mention how good this project smells? Did I? I can’t tell you enough HOW GOOD IT SMELLS.
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments (from the McCormicks website)
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1 bottle of cinnamon (4.17 ounces)
- Mix the two together throughly. Dough may appear crumbly.
- Working with 1/4- 1/2 the dough, roll out to between around 1/4- 1/3 inch thick between two sheets of parchment or two pieces of plastic wrap.
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Cut out dough with cookie cutters and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Use a straw or a bamboo skewer (blunt end) to poke a hole for ribbon or yarn.
- Bake for 2 hours, turning at least once.
- Let cool, decorate with ribbon. You can also glitter or paint them, but remember if you cover them entirely, they won’t smell as good.