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Published on December 3rd, 2013 | by Kristen Swain


Heavenly Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

I think these cinnamon ornaments are a real traditional craft. This is one craft that has been around years, and odds are that you have probably at one point in your life, made these. But I know that I haven’t created them in years, and I thought it would be a great craft to re-introduce. Maybe this year, you can sit down and create this as a family. Make it as a group craft, or just have a little down time for yourself. They do take several days to dry, but in the meantime, your house will be scented with cinnamon and you won’t have to buy the pine cones that are sold at most craft stores to get that lovely scent.

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I found that they make lovely rustic looking tags, as I used some brown paper and raffia to do a little of my Christmas wrapping, so very pretty under the tree. I also added some to my tree for a lingering scent of cinnamon in my home.

They are simple to make, you’ll just need-

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Glue, applesauce, and cinnamon.

1/2 cup of glue- 2 cups of applesauce, and 2 cups of cinnamon. I like the little cups of applesauce, each one is a premeasured 1/2 cup serving.

mix the wet glue and applesauce together, then add the cinnamon. until you have most of the ingredients mixed into a dough.

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I rolled my dough onto a sheet of parchment paper, less mess to clean up and not as sticky as a table.

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If you find your dough is sticky, add a little more cinnamon on top, to help roll it out. Now get your cookie cutters and place them so as to use as much space up as you can.

Use a straw to punch a hanging hole out of the top of the ornament.

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Add in more cutters so you get as many cutouts as possible.

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Remove the dough around the cutouts, then use a spatula or flat tool to lift the cutouts off the parchment.

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I left the jagged edges, and once they were about 50% dry, I used a finger to smooth the edges. Allow to dry.

You can tell when the ornaments are dry because they have a uniform color, and are dry to the touch.

Add decor to them, with simple designs painted on using fabric paint.

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A simple white makes such an elegant touch to the design.

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Now you are ready to use them. They are lovely hanging from the tree.

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Or equally beautiful as package decorations.

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Love the rustic beauty of these ornaments!






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24 Responses to Heavenly Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

  1. Beverly says:

    How long do they take to dry?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Beverly! it really depends on the humidity in the air and the thickness of the dough. Mine took about 2 days to dry. I recommend putting them on a drying rack in a warm room if you need to get them dried faster! hope it works out for you!

  2. Jill says:

    Do these last from year to year even though they are made with edible ingredients?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Jill, yes, if you package them within a bag to keep out moisture, they will last. I also like to make them new each year, because they tend to lose scent with time.

  3. Shannon says:

    I found your ornament recipe on Pinterest. Have you ever tried drawing them on a low temp in the oven? If so what were your results and how long did it take?
    Thanks so much :)

    • Shannon says:

      I meant drying not drawing lol

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Shannon, I tried that many years ago, but I cannot recall the results. I would also recommend a dehydrator to use as well. I think results would vary anyway on how thick the ornaments are. If you are looking for speed. I’d recommend putting them in 250 degree oven for 2 hours, then turning it off and leaving them in overnight.

  4. Chantil says:

    Do you have a recipe for the decorative frosting?

  5. Molli says:

    Hi there! How many ornaments does it make?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Molli, that just really depends on the size of the cutters and the thickness you roll them out to be. I would say about 8-10 2 inch ornaments, if that helps!

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    I have made these since the 1970’s and I have never used Elmer’s glue. I only use cinnamon and applesauce. I have some that are 40 years old and they are fine. I don’t wrap them, I just put them in a rubbermaid container with other Christmas ornaments. When you take them out each year, if you rough up the back with an emery board, the cinnamon smell comes alive. I make mine just under a quarter of an inch thick. I let them dry flat on wax paper for 2 days and then flip them and give them another 2 – 3 days to dry. If you go to the dollar store, you can get the ground cinnamon cheap. Then, I just buy a generic jar of smooth applesauce. It doesn’t not take much applesauce. So put the cinnamon in a bowl and add the applesauce one spoonful at a time until you get a good dough consistency.

  11. Alyce says:

    Hi I was just wondering can you glaze these lovely ornaments without losing their fragrance

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