I really love functional decorating. The function here is that this decoration also makes the house smell wonderful!! These ornaments are made with just a few ingredients that you probably have right now, and are sure to become a holiday tradition!!
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
All you need is one cup cinnamon + a few extra tablespoons (one regular 4.3 oz. bottle is enough), 4 Tablespoons glue (Elmer's school glue works fine) and 3/4 cup water.
Mix together your ingredients. You should have a cookie dough consistency. Add a touch more water (like a Tablespoon at a time) if you need to. It should hold together easily in a ball.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for a couple hours or until your ready for the next step (within same day). Or if you're impatient like me, go ahead and move on...just be careful because your ornaments will be more prone to cracks if you skip this step!!
Knead the dough until it's soft then roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on a surface dusted with some of your extra cinnamon. Scatter more cinnamon over the top to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin. Now cut shapes using your favorite cookie cutters.
Using a toothpick or straw, make a hole to hang your ornament. If you use a toothpick, be sure to flip the ornament over and work the hole from the other side, too!
Dry your ornaments, either by using a dehydrator (120 degrees for about an hour and a half), your oven (as low as it will go for a few hours, flipping every once in a while), or put them on parchment paper and air dry for three or four days, flipping twice a day. When they're good and dry (you can tell once they start drying if they're done or not, it's time to decorate!!
Make them as colorful...
...Or as simple as you (or your kids) want.
Hang them on door knobs for a waft of fragrance each time you open the door...
Hang them in windows and let the sun magnify their scent...
String them together to make a colorful winter garland. Whatever you do be creative and have fun! Enjoy!! Don't forget you're always welcome to visit me at treasuredchaos.com
Eileen Carmody Cramer on Nov 30, 2020
I'm so excited to find this!!! This recipe was in Southern Living Christmas years ago and I lost it but now I have it again!!!! The ornaments I made 20 years ago still smell good--I did them just on the counter making sure to flip every day so they didn't curl. So happy!!!