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I can’t believe it’s been another year!  You’re going to want to make these early so you can enjoy them for Thanksgiving AND Christmas.  🙂

(Note: this post was originally published in 2006. Enjoy)

Well, it’s time to be thinking of making a few things, if you’re the kind of person who likes to be thinking of making things! I enjoy making these cinnamon ornaments because they keep their great smell year after year. Do you enjoy making your own potpourri? Make the cinnamon beads and add them into your potpourri creation to help kick up the fragrance another notch!
Edit:
I just made this recipe and the smell is absolutely wonderful! I even made beads and put holes through them with a toothpick. I may give them to my niece to string. I carved everyone’s name into the ornaments with a knife. Hope it shows up when they’re dry.

I found this recipe on Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

Recipe #1

1/2 cup cinnamon
1/2 cup store bought applesauce (homemade sauce will likely be too watery)
Or, any equal portions of both ingredients depending on the quantity you desire.

Directions:

Stir together cinnamon and applesauce with a spoon until the dough becomes stiff, then use your hands to create a ball of dough.
Place the ball of dough on a sheet of waxed paper, flatten slightly with your fingers.
Place a second sheet of waxed paper over the top of the dough and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
Use cookie cutters or your own template shapes.
Air dry creations on a waxed paper-covered cookie sheet or a cooling rack for at least 24 hours until they are completely hard.

Creative tips:

For extra “sparkle,” mix in decorative glitter.
Make your own shapes by trimming the dough with a table knife following around patterns you’ve cut from cereal box cardboard.
After cutting out shapes, use a drinking straw to create holes for jewelry or ornaments.
Use toothpicks to make smaller holes for threading. Leave in dough until dry and remove.
For a wall hanging, thread a colored ribbon through the shape.
For a brooch, decorate with fabric paint and glue a metal clasp pin to the back (available at craft stores).
Decorate creations with acrylic paint or fabric.
The creations can be used as decorations on a gift box or bag.

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