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Jessica Ackerman : Apple Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments

Make Some Fun with Apple Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments

By Jessica Ackerman

Cookie CutterChildren love to get their hands into things, so this Christmas, why not let them help you decorate the tree with their very own, deliciously sweet smelling creations? This craft is fun to do with a group of children, and it is simple enough to do at home with your own, so roll up your sleeves and get ready to be creative.

This project is safe and appropriate for children of any age, though younger children will need help throughout the process.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 small bowl
  • A flat counter or surface for kneading dough
  • 1 sheet per child wax paper
  • Rolling Pin or Straight Plastic Glass
  • Cookie Cutters in Holiday Shapes
  • Embellishments like Button, Beads and Cinnamon Dots
  • White Glue
  • Pencils
  • Straws
  • Ribbon, Wire or String

Recipe:

1 Cup Cinnamon
1 Cup Applesauce

  • Add ingredients to a small bowl and mix with a fork until it is completely blended.
  • As the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl and form dough, remove it from the bowl and work it with your hands for a minute.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding a little more applesauce if it is too dry or a little more cinnamon if it is too wet. Since any type of dough recipe will vary a little depending on weather conditions like humidity, test this recipe before trying it with a large group of children.
  • When you are happy with the consistency, which should be pretty close to that of Play Dough, sprinkle cinnamon on your work surface and continue to knead until the dough forms a malleable ball.
  • While this dough is not designed to be a food item, it is certainly edible and safe to use with small children.
  • Let the dough rest for about thirty minutes while you set up each child's workstation.

Set Up Workstations:

  1. Give each child a piece of wax paper to put on his or her work surface.

    • Older children can mix their own dough, or you can mix it and portion it out to them.

    • For younger children give them a piece of dough to work with.

    • For very young children you will be rolling and cutting the ornament shape for them.

  2. Give each child a straight plastic glass if they will be rolling their own dough.

  3. Give each child a straw to punch a hole in the ornament for the string or ribbon.

  4. Place pencils, glue and embellishments on work table for children to share.

Making the Ornament:

  1. Roll out dough in a sheet from 1/8 to ¼ inch thick.

  2. Select cookie cutter and cut out a Christmas shape.

  3. Use straw to punch hole for string or ribbon.

  4. Use pencil to add detail to the ornament.

  5. Press beads, buttons or cinnamon dots into ornament to decorate.

  6. For larger embellishments attach with white glue.

  7. Lay finished ornaments on wax paper to dry, or you can place them in a slow oven, about 275 degrees, if you want them to dry more quickly. Air-drying will take about two days, and depending on the thickness it may even take a little longer.

  8. When the ornaments are completely dry you may paint them if you wish, or simply run a string or ribbon through the hole in the top of the ornament.

  9. Your ornament is ready for hanging or even gift giving.

While this craft is great for kids throughout the year, the delicious, cinnamon smell of the dough makes it especially appropriate for a Christmas craft. •

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Jessica Ackerman has extensive knowledge in interior design and decorating. More »

12/26/09