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How to Make Cinnamon Dough Ornaments Garland

07 December

Learn how to make cinnamon dough ornaments to make a garland.  I hang my cinnamon ornament garland on my mantle, but it also looks cute on a tree.  This a fun craft for kids to make, or you can make them yourself for adorable DIY Christmas decorations.





How to Make Cinnamon Ornament Garland


When my kids were little, we did a lot of sensory activities.  They would spend hours at the table with Play Doh and a basket of tools and accessories.  


Each year, we'd make cinnamon dough ornaments.  Not only is a good tactile activity, but they also loved seeing their apple cinnamon ornament on the tree each year.


Cinnamon clay ornaments last forever, too.  I still have my oldest son's ornaments, and he's 19 now.  


Although my kids are sadly past the stage where they are playing with Play Doh and other sensory activities, I made my own cinnamon ornament garland for my fireplace mantle.


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Are Cinnamon Dough Ornaments Edible?


Although this cinnamon clay recipe is made with edible ingredients (applesauce and cinnamon), I don't recommend eating the dough or the finished product.  It's entirely too much cinnamon to taste good.


After you make the cinnamon applesauce ornaments, you'll use puff paint on them to decorate them.  This is not edible, so be sure to keep the cinnamon ornament garland out of reach of children and pets.


How Long Do Apple Cinnamon Ornaments Last?


With proper care, the cinnamon applesauce craft dough garland will last for several years.   My son's ornaments still smell like cinnamon even 15 or so years later!  


We've had a few ornaments crack, but these are fairly sturdy for a homemade ornament.


Do Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments Go Bad?


No, ornaments and garland made from cinnamon applesauce craft dough won't go bad as long as it fully dries before storage.  The water in the applesauce can go bad if it doesn't evaporate before storage.  


This is why I recommend baking your cinnamon clay and not letting it air dry.  If you do let it air dry, make sure it is completely dry before storing.





How Do You Preserve Cinnamon Ornament Garland?


Once the cinnamon applesauce craft dough is completely dried, you can wrap the garland in tissue paper and place it in a box for storage.  I generally place it on top of fabric like our stockings.  


To prevent cracking, store in an area that doesn't get extremely hot, cold, or damp.  We store our Christmas decorations in the attic.  It gets pretty hot, but it stays dry.


Is It Better to Bake or Air Dry Apple Cinnamon Ornaments?


It's personal preference, but I like to bake my cinnamon dough ornaments to ensure the water evaporates completely.


Bake them low and slow to prevent cracking or browning.


If you do air dry them, place the cinnamon applesauce ornaments on a cookie cooling rack and let them air dry for several days before painting.


How Do You Know When Salt Dough is Done Baking?


You'll know this cinnamon dough ornaments recipe is done baking when it feels dry to the touch.  The dough will also darken slightly.


Patience, grasshopper.  It can up to 2 hours for the cinnamon clay to completely dry.  Don't turn the oven any higher or the ornaments can crack.  





How to Decorate Cinnamon Applesauce Craft Dough


I used white puff paint for a 3-D look.  I like the farmhouse looks, so I went with a simple white color and a design that would work with my Christmas decor.


You can use any of the following to decorate your ornaments before making the cinnamon ornament garland:



Can You Put Mod Podge on Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments?


Yes, you can use Mod Podge on your apple cinnamon ornaments.  You can use it as a glue to attach beads or even fabric.


You can also cover the ornament with Mod Podge Extreme Glitter for all over glitter without worrying about getting glitter all over your house.


Cinnamon Ornament Garland Ingredients


To make cinnamon applesauce craft dough to make a Christmas garland, you will need:


  • Applesauce.  I use my homemade applesauce.  However, you can use a cheap brand of applesauce since you aren't eating it.
  • Ground cinnamon.  Use a generic brand.  I get cinnamon in bulk and just use that.
  • Acorn cookie cutters.  This would also be cute with gingerbread men or other shapes.
  • White puff paint.  You can use acrylic paint, but the puff paint gives it more texture.
  • Twine
  • Wooden beads
  • Gingham ribbon
  • Hot Glue





How to Make Cinnamon Dough Ornaments Garland


Step #1


Combine the cinnamon and applesauce in a bowl until it forms a dough.  Add more cinnamon if it's too thick or too sticky.





Step #2


Roll the cinnamon clay to 1/4 inch thick.  Use cinnamon powder to dust the surface before rolling and for the rolling pin.  This helps prevent the dough from sticking.





Step #3


Cut acorns out of the dough.  You can use the extra cinnamon applesauce craft dough to form another ball and reroll it to make more ornaments.  


Step #4


Bake the cinnamon dough ornaments at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 1.5 to 2 hours.  The cinnamon clay will be slightly darker and try to the touch.  Let cool before decorating.





If you want to air dry the cinnamon dough ornaments recipe, place the ornaments on a cookie cooling rack.  Let air dry for two to three days until completely dry.


Step #5


Use white puff paint, acrylic paint, or glitter to decorate.





Step #6


Once the paint is dry, begin making your cinnamon ornament garland.  I alternated between adding wood beads, gingham ribbon bows, and cinnamon applesauce ornaments to the twine.  I used hot glue to attach the ornaments to the twine.  





Now you know how to make cinnamon dough ornaments and how to make a cinnamon ornament garland!  


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Yield: 1 garland
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $5

How to Make Cinnamon Dough Ornaments Garland

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 H & 15 M
How to make a Christmas garland with cinnamon applesauce ornaments.

materials:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups ground cinnamon
  • Acorn cookie cutters
  • White puff paint
  • Twine
  • Wooden Beads
  • Gingham ribbon
  • Hot Glue

tools:

  • Scissors

steps:

  1. Combine the cinnamon and applesauce in a bowl until it forms a dough. Add more cinnamon if it's too thick or too sticky.
  2. Roll the cinnamon clay to 1/4 inch thick. Use cinnamon powder to dust the surface before rolling and for the rolling pin. This helps prevent the dough from sticking.
  3. Cut acorns out of the dough. You can use the extra cinnamon applesauce craft dough to form another ball and reroll it to make more ornaments.
  4. Bake the cinnamon dough ornaments at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 1.5 to 2 hours. The cinnamon clay will be slightly darker and try to the touch. Let cool before decorating.  If you want to air dry the cinnamon dough ornaments recipe, place the ornaments on a cookie cooling rack. Let air dry for two to three days until completely dry.
  5. Use white puff paint, acrylic paint, or glitter to decorate.
  6. Once the paint is dry, begin making your cinnamon ornament garland. I alternated between adding wood beads, gingham ribbon bows, and cinnamon applesauce ornaments to the twine. I used hot glue to attach the ornaments to the twine.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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