Crafting Festive Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments: A Holiday Activity for the Whole Family
Embracing the Holiday Spirit with Homemade Ornaments
As the holiday season approaches, the air fills with the enchanting scents of cinnamon and applesauce, heralding a time for cozy family activities.
Creating cinnamon applesauce ornaments is not just a craft; it’s an opportunity to make lasting memories with your loved ones while adding a personal touch to your Christmas decor.
These ornaments are not only delightful to make but also fill your home with a warm, inviting aroma.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you dive into the fun, ensure you have all the necessary ingredients and tools at hand:
- 1 cup of cinnamon: Buying in bulk can be cost-effective and ensures you have plenty for a large batch of ornaments.
- 3/4 cup of applesauce: This acts as the binding agent and adds a lovely scent.
- 1/4 cup of white craft glue: Helps solidify the ornaments, making them durable.
- Rolling pin and cookie cutters: For shaping your ornaments.
- A straw: To create a hole for hanging.
- Flour for dusting: Prevents the mixture from sticking.
- Ribbon or ornament hangers: For displaying your creations.
Step-by-Step Crafting Guide
- Mix It Up: Start by combining the cinnamon, applesauce, and white craft glue in a small bowl. Stir until you achieve a consistent dough-like mixture.
- Roll It Out: Dust a clean surface with flour to prevent sticking. Transfer your mixture onto this surface and gently flatten it with your hands. Then, using a rolling pin, roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.
- Shape Your Ornaments: Now comes the fun part! Use your favorite Christmas cookie cutters to cut out shapes from the rolled-out dough. Stars, trees, bells, or angels—choose whatever brings joy to your heart.
- Make a Hanging Hole: Using a straw, puncture a hole at the top of each ornament. This is where you’ll thread the ribbon or hanger later, so make sure it’s well-placed.
- Dry Them Out: Arrange your ornaments on a cookie sheet or leave them on the counter. They need about 48 hours to dry thoroughly. Flip them occasionally to ensure even drying.
Additional Tips for Perfect Ornaments
- Thickness Matters: If you roll your dough too thin, your ornaments might break easily. Aim for no less than 1/2 inch thickness.
- Decorating Ideas: Once dry, you can leave your ornaments as is to enjoy the natural look, or decorate them with paint, glitter, or even more glue and cinnamon for textured details.
- Storage: After the holidays, wrap your ornaments in tissue paper and store them in an airtight container. They’ll be ready to bring joy for years to come.
Wrapping Up: A Heartwarming Addition to Your Holiday
Creating cinnamon applesauce ornaments is more than just a craft; it’s a way to bond, to fill your home with the fragrance of the holidays, and to create decorations that carry the essence of family warmth. As you hang your handmade treasures on the tree, take a moment to appreciate the love and laughter that went into making them.
Here’s to a holiday season filled with joy, creativity, and the sweet scent of cinnamon and applesauce. Happy crafting!