Are you looking for the best DIY Christmas crafts to make with kids? Learn how to make easy 2-ingredient edible Cinnamon Tree Ornaments.
I grew up making Christmas ornaments from salt dough. It’s a really fun activity, so when my girls were toddlers, I started looking for some other ideas for Christmas ornaments they could help me make.
We decided it would be fun to make a dough from cinnamon and applesauce and turn it into fragrant Christmas ornaments for our tree! Like I said, we had been talking about making salt dough ornaments, but I loved the idea of the smell of cinnamon wafting through the house we went with this idea instead!
I was really pleased with how easy this cinnamon Christmas ornament recipe is to make and how the ornaments turned out. They smell so good too!
This recipe makes around 12-15 ornaments depending upon how thick you roll your dough and how big the cookie cutters are you use. If you love giving homemade gifts, you could easily double the batch and have plenty of handmade Christmas presents for friends, family and neighbors!
You can either leave them rustic and plain, or paint them like we did. I love the versatility of this easy Christmas craft.
How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments
- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Mix applesauce and cinnamon with your hands in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed.
- Roll about 1/4 of the dough out at a time, with 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness, between two sheets of plastic wrap. If you make it thinner, the ornaments will curl when you bake them and break more easily.
- Peel off the top sheet of plastic wrap and use 2-3" cookie cutters to make shapes.
- With a drinking straw, make a hole at the top of each ornament.
- Place ornaments on baking sheet, then bake for 2 1/2 hours. If you use a convection toaster oven rather than a conventional oven, the time will be shorter (start with 1 1/2 hours, then check on them).
- Cool the ornaments on wire rack.
- If you prefer a no bake method, you can allow the ornaments to dry at room temperature by carefully placing them on a wire rack and allowing them to stand for 1-2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.
- When they are cooled (or dried), use acrylic paint markers to decorate your ornaments. Then insert the ribbon through holes and tie to hang.