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Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments is not a regular household Christmas crafts you come across daily. Those who have tried this recipe will agree that these applesauce cinnamon ornaments will make your house smell heavenly, and the kids love it, especially when used to decorate the Christmas tree.
If you are looking for a fun, easy, and cheap Christmas craft idea or Do It Yourself Christmas ornaments ideas to do with your children or by yourself during this festive season, then these easy to make and fragrant ornaments are just the perfect ideas.
This recipe requires a few ingredients, and because it is so simple, the kids can do it alone with a minimum amount of supervision (mainly because the spices can get messy).
At a time when customized Christmas ornaments are trendy – but finances are usually lacking – these homemade ornaments are sure to please someone special and provide relatively cheap entertainment.
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Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments Ingredients
- 1 cup ground cinnamon (buy)
- 1 cup applesauce (buy)
- This is optional, but you can also add some of these spices (or a blend of both):
- One teaspoon ground cloves
- One teaspoon nutmeg powder
How to do make Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments
1) Mix in a large bowl the applesauce with the cinnamon (and other spices if using) a little at a time until you have a soft dough. Start with one cup of cinnamon with one cup of applesauce, which is pretty much equal ratios.
2) As you continue to mix the dough, it will start becoming firm (not sticky). When you get to that point, work the dough on a cinnamon sprinkled surface using your fingers until it is pliable and easy to work with. Roll the dough on a cinnamon covered surface using non-sticky parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Note: If your dough is a little bit dry, try adding a bit more applesauce to it, and it’s too wet, then add a bit more cinnamon.
Also, let your ornaments be about 1/4 inch thick so that they are firmer. You can make them thinner, but they will be break more easily.
4) Cut your dough into fun shapes using cookie cutters. An alternative method is to press them into soap molds. With a straw, make a hole for hanging.
Note: for a smaller hole, you can use a tiny screwdriver. Preferably, use a small straw from juice boxes as they are of the perfect size for small ornaments.
Drying Your Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments
- You can let them air dry using room temperature. It will take a few days between two to three days to dry, but you will need to turn them over every few hours.
- You may also place them on a cookie rack as they’ll dry faster with better airflow.
- You can place them on a wax – or parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake them at 200 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit for a few hours. Remember to still turn them over several times so that they dry evenly on both sides.
- You may also try using a food dehydrator to see if it will work as desired. Using a food dehydrator is something you will have to try out on your own, and let us know if it worked.
- Once dry, and in other to hang them, you can use any of the following:
- Fabric cut into strips
- DMC thread – cross-stitching thread sold in craft stores
- Leather string
That is all forks on how to go about making applesauce cinnamon ornaments for your Christmas tree decoration. Any questions or concerns, feel free to comment below and we will try and get back to you as soon as possible.
FAQs About Cinnamon Ornaments
Can I eat a cinnamon stick?
Cinnamon is a delicious spice with many health benefits. Eating a small amount is safe, but overeating may result in side effects. There are two cinnamon types: Cassia cinnamon, which is the most commonly sold one, while the True cinnamon is the healthiest type. Note here that the Cassia cinnamon contains high amounts of coumarin, and research shows that coumarin could cause liver damage and cancer.
Can you paint cinnamon applesauce ornaments?
Yes, you can paint cinnamon applesauce ornaments once it’s dried. You can use regular craft paint to decorate the cinnamon applesauce ornaments. The applesauce ornaments will soak in a little of the color since they are so dry.
How long do cinnamon applesauce ornaments last?
If you preserve the cinnamon applesauce ornaments properly, they can last you for a long time. But they usually won’t smell as strong as they were the first time, and after maybe the 2nd and 3rd year, it makes sense to make new once after 2-3 years if you like them for the smell.