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Small Kids Moment: Cinnamon Ornaments

cinnamon ornaments, Christmas crafts, Christmas crafts for kidsRemember that great puffy paint that we made last week?

Well, it’s time to put it to good use with a reader-submitted project.

Thank you for this great idea, Sunshine. We had a ton of fun with it, and my house smelled amazing while they were baking.

Okay, let’s make cinnamon ornaments!

Here are the ingredients and supplies you’ll need for this project…

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup white glue
  • drinking straw for cutting holes before baking
  • bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • rolling pin
  • cutting board
  • cookie cutters
  • cookie sheet
  • puffy paint (see recipe here)

And here’s what you’ll do…


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    1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and gather your applesauce, cinnamon, and glue.
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    2. Mix applesauce and cinnamon.
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    3. Add glue.
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    4. Stir until combined.
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    5. Turn half of dough out on a cutting board and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Mist the dough with water if it becomes too dry to work with. If it gets too sticky, dust with more cinnamon.
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    6. Cut out shapes and continue rolling out the remaining dough until you have too little to roll again. Use a straw to cut the holes that you'll need to hang these from the tree.
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    7. Place on an old baking sheet and bake for 2 hours, gently flipping once midway through. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
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    8. Grab your puffy paint and let your kids go wild with decorating the ornaments.
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    9. There's no need to wait between colors.
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    10. Allow paint to dry. This took over 24 hours at our house. (Katie was pretty heavy handed with the paint.)
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    11. String ribbon or string of your choice through the holes.
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    12. Hang and enjoy! We're using some of our ornaments to decorate the outside of the presents we bought for Katie's teachers.

Do you have a fun project that you’d like to see me tackle here? You can submit your ideas to me here and if I use your idea, I’ll link to you!

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