I love scents. OK I don’t love all scents, but there are many that I love. My favorite ones are the ones that I associate with something. One such smell is cinnamon. When I was very young my mother made some cinnamon ornaments that she hung up in the house at Christmas time. Every year when she got them back out it seemed that Christmas had officially arrived. To this day the smell of cinnamon makes me think of Christmas.
I finally decided that it was time that I added some Cinnamon Ornaments to my holiday decor. Making the ornaments is actually pretty easy. Best of all if you store them well they will last forever. My mother still hangs up the ones she made when I was young and they are still full of scent. All she does is put them into a large baggie and make sure that they won’t be smashed or broken during storage.
What You Need
- 3/4 Cup Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Allspice
- 2 Tablespoons Ground Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1 Cup Applesauce
- Aluminum Foil
- Cookie Sheet
- Mixing Bowl
- Rolling Pin
- Christmas Cookie Cutters
Steps to Make the Cinnamon Ornaments
1. Blend spices in a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix in applesauce to make a dry but workable dough. Note: Some applesauces are runnier than others, so add a bit at a time.
3. On aluminum foil roll the dough out. You want it to be about 1/4″ thick.
4. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the dough.
5. After each one is cut out insert the straw to make holes for hanging.
6. Once it is cut out and the hole has been added place the ornament on the cookie sheet to dry.
7. Continue to reshape and roll the dough out until you can’t get any more shapes out of it. With the remaining dough make small dough balls. You can later spread these throughout your home to create some more scent.
8. Leave the ornaments to dry for 24 hours without touching them. Then flip them over every 12 hours until they are completely dry. Usually it takes 4-5 days to dry.
9. You can hasten the drying by putting the cookie sheet in the over at 180 for 4-5 hours. The ornaments will need to be flipped every 15 minutes.
10. Once your ornaments are fully dry (and cooled if you baked them) take a small sharp knife and trim any jagged spots so that the edges look smooth.
11. Thread a long piece of ribbon through the hole of the ornament.
12. Hang your ornaments and enjoy the holiday scent!
13. After Christmas place the ornaments in a baggie and store them somewhere safe. If you take care of them they will give many, many, years of wonderful scent.