December 4, 2014 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Although it’s a joy to adorn the tree with old, long-treasured ornaments, it can also be fun to spice things up with some homemade trimmings. Here’s a recipe for some delicious-looking (and delicious, if you like glue) eye-candy for your Christmas greenery.

Supplies

  • Medium bowl
  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup craft glue
  • Rolling pin
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • One straw
  • Wire rack or baking sheet
  • Craft paint
  • Ribbon or jute string

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and ¼ cup applesauce. Even with the applesauce, the mixture will still feel very dry. Slowly add in craft glue (about ½ cup) until the mixture has a dough-like consistency.
  2. Scoop out a small portion of the dough and flatten with your hands onto wax paper. Flatten with a rolling pin until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Use cinnamon like you would use flour to keep dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
  3. Use cookie cutters to cut out your personalized shapes. With a straw, poke out a hole towards the top of the ornament, but not close enough to the edge that it will not hold the weight.
  4. Air drying the ornaments on a wire rack is an option—flipping them over every six hours or so to keep them flat. Or you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and bake the ornaments on a baking sheet for about two hours. Flip them once about halfway through.
  5. Take a moment at this point to savor the rich cinnamon fragrance permeating your home.
  6. Finally, you can embellish your ornaments however you please. You can use glitter or beads or paint. I chose to use squeezable craft paint to make sure I could get some detail in these guys.
  7. Wait for your media to dry, tie a ribbon or string through the hole, and you are ready to hang these bad boys up! 

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