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The Old-Fashioned Christmas Ornaments Your Kids Will Love Making

Get in the Christmas spirit with a homemade craft to make and share. These ornaments have been a favorite for generations! MORE+ LESS-

How to Make Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

If you ever made scented cinnamon ornaments when you were a kid, the smell of these will take you right back to the Christmases of your childhood, and surprising your parents with a homemade gift you made during school craft time. This year, pass on this tradition to your kids and help them make cinnamon-scented memories of their own.

Our favorite way to make these ornaments? Make an afternoon of it! Little fingers will love helping mix the dough, and you can listen to your favorite Christmas songs as you cut out shapes with holiday cookie cutters. Best of all, you’ll enjoy making them as a family, and every time you catch a whiff of the rich cinnamon spice blend throughout the Christmas season, you’ll remember your time spent together making this special craft.

What You'll Need to Make Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (approximately 1 cup) of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons white glue

What You’ll Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Wire racks
  • Parchment paper, if desired
  • Drinking straw or toothpick
  • Ribbon

Step One: In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue; stir to combine.

In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue; stir to combine.

Step Two: Work mixture with hands for 2 to 3 minutes or until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed. (Note: Consider wearing plastic food-prep gloves for this part; cinnamon can be hard to clean from underneath fingernails.) Divide dough into 4 portions.

Divide dough into 4 portions.

Step Three: Roll out each portion to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters of desired shapes.

Roll out each portion, cut dough with cookie cutters of desired shapes.

Step Four: Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a small hole in the top of each ornament. Place cutouts on parchment paper on wire racks; allow to dry at room temperature for 3-4 days, flipping once per day. When ornaments have hardened and are completely dry to the touch, insert a ribbon through the hole in each ornament; tie with knot or bow.

Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a small hole in the top of each ornament.

Ways to Use Your New Ornaments

First off, while these ornaments do smell amazing, DO NOT EAT them. They contain glue and should not be consumed by anyone. Make sure your kiddos know they are only for decoration!

The best thing about these crafty creations is how versatile they are. Use these scented shapes as ornaments on your Christmas tree, or hang them on longer ribbons as window trimmings in your home. For a festive spin on your gift wrapping this year, pair an ornament with a sprig of greens and attach them to your packages with holiday ribbon.

Want to spread the Christmas cheer? Set them out as party favors for your guests to cherish and take home. These ornaments make great, simple gifts for your Secret Santa exchange, or a memorable gift for your kid’s teacher.

And for more memory-making holiday ideas, check out Pillsbury’s Ultimate Christmas Bucket List!



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