A Christmas tree is never complete without those cute little ornaments made with love by your children or grandchildren. Here’s a fun craft perfect for kids during the holidays!
Cinnamon dough can be rolled and shaped by hand or with cookie cutters. The scent of cinnamon will warm your house as they dry and with a little spritz of cinnamon essential oil, these delightful decorations will continue to smell delicious over the years.
You will need:
1 cup of ground cinnamon, plus a little more for the work surface
4 tbsp white craft glue (Aleene’s Craft Glue is a great choice)
3/4 to 1 cup of water
Acrylic paints for decorating
Wax paper for lining workstation
1 small Straw to punch a hole for hanging
Gather your ingredients. I didn’t have enough craft glue, so I substituted wood glue. This worked really well; however, I noticed the cinnamon smell disappeared as soon as they were completely dry and the drying time was lengthened by a few days.
Stir together cinnamon, water, and glue.
The mixture should be the consistency of cookie dough. If too thick, add a little more water 1 tbsp at a time until the consistency is right. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and layout on cinnamon sprinkled workstation. If you have boys, you understand the importance of laying out the dough just so.
Roll out the dough to be 1/4″ thick.
Make impressions or cut dough into shapes. Use a drinking straw to punch a hole for hanging.
Lay each ornament flat to dry, turning over 2 times a day, for 3-4 days. Dough may curl within the first 48 hours of drying. Avoid this by turning over as soon as you notice any curling. To speed drying time, bake ornaments on a cookie sheet in the oven at 200° for 2 1/2 hours, turning ornaments over every 10-15 minutes.
When the ornaments are dry, paint them with acrylic paints or decorate with craft glue and embellishments or glitter.
Create hanging loops by threading ribbon through holes. Each year, refresh the scent using a few drops of cinnamon essential oil.