Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments

These are the easiest, most awesome-smelling homemade ornaments you’ll ever put on your tree!   I can’t take credit for the idea; we made some last year at our old church’s advent festival(where the kids come and make all kinds of Christmas and Advent crafts).  Anyway, when I pulled out all the ornaments to put on the tree, I was surprized to find that not only were the ornaments we’d made last year not broken, but they still smelled quite yummy.  The only problem with making these was that my kids wanted to eat them…

I don’t have pictures, but the instructions are super easy:
Take 1 cup of store-bought applesauce and add 1 cup of ground cinnamon(about one whole regular spice-sized container). You can also add a tablespoon of white craft glue if you want. (We did because I think it makes them last longer, but if you don’t have any on hand…don’t worry about it.) Once you have all of this mixed up, you’ll want to make sure you have it at a good “cookie dough” consistancy. I had to add cinnamon, so you may want to make sure you have an extra container of it. Once it’s “dough-y”, use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Then use a straw to make a hole at the top of the ornament, so you’ll have a place to tie on a pretty ribbon once it’s all dry.

I found that it was easiest to cut them out on paper plates and leave them there to air dry. Trying to move them while still “wet” was really hard to do.  But you can either let them air dry on the plates, OR you could transfer them to a baking sheet and bake them until they’re hard.

Really easy for you(with easy clean up, too!).  Fun for the kids.  Smells good for at least 2 years!  🙂  Looks cute for a long, long time…

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  1. Kaye
    December 5, 2008 | 1:08 pm

    This sounds AWESOME! I will forward this post to my email and give it a try! Thanks!