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Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

Frugal Crafts and Homemade Gifts (featured column)
Submitted by Michelle Jones

Fill your house with the delightful scent of cinnamon during the holidays. These homemade Christmas ornaments make wonderful gifts for everyone on your Christmas list, and they're so easy to make. You can even use different cookie cutters to make other holiday shapes to be used throughout your home all year long. Make cinnamon scented hearts for Valentine's Day, bunnies for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween, and turkeys for Thanksgiving!

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Here's what you need to make your scented cinnamon ornaments:

1 c. ground cinnamon (buy it cheap at the dollar stores or in bulk at your grocery store bakery)
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. applesauce
2 T. Tacky or Elmer's white glue
Cookie cutters
Paint, if desired for decorating (fabric paint works great!)
Red, green or white ribbon


Combine first 5 ingredients until stiff dough forms, kneading well with hands. Roll dough out onto cinnamon dusted surface, about 1/4-inch thick, then cut with desired cookie cutter shapes such as teddy bears, hearts, Christmas trees, snowflakes, stars, candy canes, gingerbread boy (or girl), angels, etc.

Lay ornaments on a sheet of waxed paper and cut a small hole in the top (a plastic straw works well), then put in a safe place for drying. Depending on how dry your home is, it can take about 2-4  days for the ornaments to dry completely. Be sure to turn the ornaments over several times a day to ensure even drying.

When ornaments are dry, use fabric paint to decorate if desired (just like you would a cookie), then thread a pretty ribbon through the hole for hanging on Christmas tree, or all throughout the house.

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