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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take a moment at this point to savor the rich cinnamon fragrance permeating your home.
- 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.
- Wait for your media to dry, tie a ribbon or string through the hole, and you are ready to hang these bad boys up!