Can you imagine how sweet these cinnamon ornaments smell? Dark brown ornaments imprinted with leaves and scented with apples and cinnamon couldn’t be a more perfect craft for the holidays! Making ornaments from cinnamon dough is very easy, and with a few tips, you will have the perfect consistency of dough to turn into decorations.
It’s a shame you can’t smell these cinnamon orbs through your screen because the aroma is amazing: Stomach Warming Sweet Spicy Apples, When you make these it spreads throughout the house and will continue to scent the Christmas tree for years to come.
I love this cinnamon ornament recipe even more than traditional salt dough ornaments. They look a lot more rustic to me, especially with the leaf prints. Plus, the salt dough is missing the main part that makes these ornaments so amazing…the smell of cinnamon!
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Cinnamon Ornaments Recipe
If you are looking for one Christmas Ornament Crafting Project You will not be disappointed this year. Designed to resemble gingerbread, this cinnamon ornament recipe requires only three ingredients.
Since they are made only of non-destructive materials, they will remain Will last for many Christmases. But don’t be fooled by the smell! This is cinnamon flour not edible, Because this recipe includes glue to help keep them together.
Makes about 10 ornaments. See the recipe card at the end of this post for exact measurements.
Mix cinnamon and applesauce together. Then, add glue. At first, the mixture may seem dry, but put the spoon aside, get in there and mix the dough with your hands. The more you mix and knead the cinnamon dough, the better the consistency will be.
Mix the flour onto a smooth surface with a light dusting of cinnamon, and Knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball, Roll the ball into a 1/2-inch thick circle.
If the edges are tearing, knead the dough again and roll out until the edges are smooth. Use cinnamon like flour To keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin.
Press evergreen leaves into dough And gently roll them with a rolling pin to get a stronger effect.
Use a mason jar to cut out circular shapes Scars around the leaves. You can also use cookie cutters to cut out different shapes.
Use a straw for this Make a hole in the ornament for the string.
Place cinnamon ornaments on a tray dehydrator For 6-10 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can do this Dry them in the oven at 200 degrees for a few hours,
Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t dry out and ripen. They can also air dry, but it will take longer, This is a wonderful project before guests come over because it makes the house smell like Christmas!
Once the cinnamon ornaments are dry, string some baker’s twine through them, and they’re ready to hang on the tree or give as gifts. I love to include them with gift tags on gifts for an extra, delicious-smelling touch. By the way, here are some of my other favorite eco-friendly ways to decorate gifts.
Decorating Your Cinnamon Ornaments
I get a lot of questions about decorating these cinnamon ornaments. I think I need botanical prints and colored twine for my ornaments, but you can decorate them more if you want.
You can paint them with acrylic craft paint, but you may hide the cinnamon scent if you do so. If you want to color them, it’s best to make the ornaments with salt dough so you don’t waste all the cinnamon!
I’ve also been asked if you can add glitter to the dough. Although you can do this, I do not recommend it because it can be harmful to wildlife if they eat it. try adding mica For some shine instead.
Cinnamon Jewelry Storage
When you’re ready to pack up for Christmas, you can store your ornaments to use again next year. I have some 10 year old ornaments that still smell of cinnamon. They really last a long time when stored correctly!
Although they are quite strong, they can crack and break if handled roughly. To store them, wrap and layer them in tissue paper and place in a ziplock bag.
You can also keep them in a small cardboard box. The tighter the seal, the better the fragrance.
FAQs About Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
I get a lot of questions about these cinnamon ornaments. Here are some of the most common things I receive. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
If you store cinnamon dough ornaments properly they can last for years. If they start to crack or break, you can always make a new batch. I like to make a batch every year because I love the smell. This is also a fun activity to do with kids!
Its fragrance can last for years. I have some that are 10 years old, and they still smell amazing.
Over time, you may find that your cinnamon ornaments lose their potency. If you want to refresh the cinnamon scent, you can use cinnamon leaf or bark essential oil.
Since the scent is quite strong, you don’t need much. Use a dropper to put 1-2 drops on the jewelry and leave it until it dries. If you want a scent other than cinnamon, other great choices include allspice, anise, clove, ginger, juniper, peppermint, pine, wintergreen, spruce, vanilla, and frankincense.
I haven’t personally tried it, so I’m not sure about the results. However, I know that glue dries out, and the dough may be too crumbly and dry when you get to it. I think the cinnamon dough needs to be hot and fresh so that it doesn’t curdle.
The kneading process takes some time before the ingredients are mixed well. There are always times when I’m making cinnamon ornaments that I get tired of kneading the dough and feel like the dough won’t come together, but it always happens. The cinnamon is ground bark, so it takes a while for the applesauce and gum to mix with all the particles. Warm hands help too!
It takes a lot of time to knead the dough to make it smooth. If you’re kneading for a long time, adding more applesauce or glue may help, as glue can dry out quickly.
Once your dough is ready and it is the right consistency, you will need to dry out the cinnamon ornaments completely. If you’re not using a dehydrator, the amount of time you’ll need to put it in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit depends on thickness, size, spacing of the trays, and several other factors. Check them every hour and you will know when they are dry.
When they dry, they become quite strong. You can hang these on the tree without any worries. When it’s time to store them, wrap them in tissue paper before packing, they should not break.
But if they do, it’s easy to make a second batch next year!
More Christmas Projects
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
Fill your home with the warm scent of cinnamon and apples with these festive and easy-to-make ornaments. Makes about 10 ornaments.
Mix your cinnamon and applesauce. Once mixed, add your glue. The more you knead the dough, the better its consistency will be.
Sprinkle cinnamon on your countertop. Knead the dough into a smooth ball and then roll it into a 1/2 inch circle. If the edges separate, put it back into a ball and roll again until smooth. Use cinnamon like flour to keep the dough from sticking.
Press evergreen leaves into dough to make impressions. Roll them out gently with a rolling pin.
Use a mason jar (or cookie cutter) to cut out shapes around the leaf trace.
Make a hole for the string with a straw.
Use a dehydrator and place the jewelry on the tray for 6-10 hours. Alternatively, place them in the oven at 200 degrees for a few hours. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t dry out or get cooked.
Once the ornaments are dry, thread twine through them and hang them on the tree.