In the run up to Thanksgiving I wrote about how crafts were not always a welcome activity with my boys. But a few years ago, I did find a Christmas one that was enjoyed by them and me.
I love the smells of the season as well as handmade decorations and ornaments. It is always fun when you unpack your Christmas boxes to find those handmade decorations from previous years.
This craft is a great one for little hands, it smells good and it is a lovely one for your home to hang on your tree or to gift to friends and family.
Cinnamon-applesauce ornaments are easy to make, the ingredients are cheap to buy and your house will smell heavenly after you bake them.
They are unfortunately not edible, but look very cute on a Christmas tree or I often tie them to a bag of cookies or other gifts I am giving away.
To make these you will need some Christmas cookie cutters, which you can purchase inexpensively at the Dollar Tree, Walmart or local craft stores. I use a cheap brand of applesauce and buy the cinnamon in bulk at Sherms.
If you Google this recipe you can find all sorts of alternatives. The one I am sharing with you is the one we used and really liked. It is very simple.
Have fun making these ornaments and making Christmas memories with your children.
2 cups applesauce
2 cups cinnamon
Mix applesauce and cinnamon together, adding more cinnamon if dough seems too wet, and more applesauce if dough is too dry.
Sprinkle countertop with cinnamon and then roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and place ornaments on a baking sheet. Reroll scraps to make more ornaments.
Let ornaments dry on baking sheets for several days or until completely dry. Alternatively, bake at 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.
I also like to make holes in the ornaments before I bake or let them dry. We have also sprinkled flour and glitter on ours.