Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
Makes about a dozen, medium to large ornaments
1 cup ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue
Preparing the Dough
Mix ground cinnamon applesauce and glue in a large mixing bowl
Mix ground cinnamon with applesauce and white glue in a large mixing bowl.
If the mixture feels too stiff, add a touch of water.
Knead the clump together and wrap it in some plastic wrap, allowing it to sit for about an hour.
Making the Cookies
Sprinkle some cinnamon on your prep area and roll the dough out to about 1/2″.
Use your cookie cutters to create fun shapes in the dough; or
Make coils of dough and sculpt your own designs such as letters and shapes.
Be sure to punch a hole in the top of each shape with a straw or pencil.
Drying or Baking the Ornaments
You can either let them dry naturally over a period of 3 to 5 days, or you can bake them in an oven at 200 degrees for about 2 hours (making sure you flip them halfway through).
This year’s ornaments. Yeah, I know– Martha’s job is totally safe. Hint: if the results of a for-child craft look perfect, it was likely not made by children. But the stars are mine, wink.
This year we added names in the hopes of preventing a repeat of “I don’t know which candy cane is yours” argument.
For better or worst, we make these ornaments (or the salt dough version) every year. Handprints. Shapes. It’s fun, it’s easy*.
*Yes, it IS easy. With one child, calm children, or adults.
I realized today that the Making of the Ornament marks a milestone stored in the oldest Small Person’s head: CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE.
So yes, they want to make the ornaments. They love to see the previous year’s ornaments when we decorate the tree.
However, the ACT of ornament-making with twitchy little boys sort of feels like I’m being punk’d by Santa.
On the bright side, tasting the dough isn’t a temptation (to me!) because of the glue. Also, the cinnamon in the oven smelled more festive than dirty dog feet and little boy farts.
Oh, did I neglect to mention that a contest of competing farts was the Funniest.Thing.Ever?
Boys, they pee all over the floor and fart all over your house. And we love them anyway.