Cinnamon Ornaments

Gather your homeschool family and create these cinnamon-scented, cookie-cutter ornaments to decorate your house this Christmas. These easy-to-make decorations not only fill your home with the delicious aroma of cinnamon, but they also make great holiday gifts for family and friends.

(Makes 7-8 cinnamon ornaments)

Ingredients:
1 cup ground cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
¾ cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. tacky glue

Materials:
Christmas cookie cutters (metal, smaller shapes work best)
Red and green holiday fabric ribbon (narrow-width)
Glitter glue in Christmas colors

Directions:
1. Combine spices with applesauce. Add glue and knead it well with your hands until the mixture forms into a stiff dough.

2. Dust a flat surface lightly with cinnamon and roll out the dough ¼" thick.

3. Cut the dough into stars, bells, trees, candy canes, angels, and other Christmas shapes with cookie cutters.

4. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and lay the cut-out ornaments on top of the waxed paper.

5. Gently poke a hole at the top of each cinnamon ornament with a small, plastic straw.

6. Place the ornaments in a safe place and dry them naturally for 2-4 days. To dry evenly, turn the ornaments 2 or 3 times a day.

7. When the ornaments are completely dry, decorate them with glitter glue and ribbon.

8. When you're finished, hang your handmade ornaments on the Christmas tree and throughout the house for a delightfully spicy smell!

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SHERRY R 12/01/2011 08:00:24

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

AMANDA D 12/01/2011 11:05:56

Can\'t wait to try these! =)

JENNIFER P 12/01/2011 12:10:35

I used to make these when I taught first grade. They were fun, easy, and a great gift from the student to the parent. I think I\'ll make them again, with my kids, and give add to my neighbors goodie baskets.

AMY S 12/02/2011 05:25:58

Sounds easy and fun. This will be an art project for us next week....thanks!

TRISTA J 12/07/2011 19:32:55

If you give these away as gifts, don\'t forget to remind people that though they smell delicious, they are not for eating!! We received some of these from my niece last year and thought they were absolutely the worst spice cookies we had ever tasted!! (We make an edible version at our house that looks identical) Blessings to all.

HOPE C 12/08/2011 20:57:50

The children and I made these tonight - I put them in the dehydrator - wonder how if they still need to be turned?

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