Here comes another post in my Crafty Christmas series. Another quick and kid friendly craft – how to make cute and SCENTED applesauce-cinnamon ornaments. You might have already seen this wreath in my tutorial on how to make crocheted gingerbread house tags. But this time we focus on the cute cookie-like ornaments. :-)
Now please – these are not meant to be eaten! They may look tasty! I am pretty sure they are not. But the good thing – they last several Christmases if you are not throwing them around too much. :-)
So how to make them? It is SUPEReasy. You can either google for applesauce-cinnamon recipes. Which I did. And then just ditch the recipes and throw together applesauce and cinnamon. Which I also did! *lol*
(I love google. But I get overwhelmed quickly.)
1. Make dough:
So, I did not add other stuff. If you do search you will find all kinds of recipes … some call for glue and other things. I literally just mixed together the cinnamon and the applesauce. Now, you do need ALOT of cinnamon so you might not want to use the best and most expensive one you have around. I used about 2 parts cinnamon and 1 part applesauce. But it does depend alot on what consistency your applesauce has so I encourage you to just play around and add a little at a time.
You wanna end up with something dough-like that is not too sticky. I only made a rather small batch but it made quite a bunch of ornaments!
2. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter
Now let your kids get “dirty”! ;-) Sprinkle cinnamon on the table to prevent the dough to stick to it.
(WARNING! Do NOT use flour for this AT ALL! I did that last year – I thought I am clever – and the ornaments with the flour ended up with some rather not so pretty mold on them. :-/ You do not want to have that believe me! Especially not if it is followed by a discussion with your 2-year old WHY on earth you are throwing out HIS amazing work!)
You can roll out the dough with a rolling pin – but you can just as well press it flat with your hands. That is what we did and the kids can help!
Then go nuts with your cookie cutters!
(Smaller shapes work best. Also very intricate shapes might break easily.)
3. Let your “cookies” dry
In order for the ornaments to harden I just put them on a plate and let them sit near the heater for a couple of days. I have read that some people bake them. I never did that.
I was never in a hurry AND if you let them sit and dry your house will smell AMAZING like cinnamon.
So if you happen to get sick from the smell of cinnamon – please do not do this project. ;-)
After the ornaments are dry (it does take a few days) you can draw some “icing” on them with acrylic paint if you like. Then hang and enjoy!
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