Jessica Ackerman : Scented Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
Cinnamon Dough: How to Make Scented Ornaments for All Seasons
By Jessica Ackerman
The smell of cinnamon is very enticing, and there is nothing quite like the scent of freshly baked rolls or other hot steaming goods made with freshly ground cinnamon. You can enjoy the smell of cinnamon wafting throughout your home with the help of cinnamon scented dough ornaments, and they are not just for decorating Christmas trees. You can make unique scented dough ornaments that will fill your home with the smell of cinnamon sticks all year long with the following creative ideas. Get out the cinnamon and applesauce, and try making these scented dough ornaments. They make fantastic gifts too!
To make cinnamon scented dough ornaments for year-round use you will need one cup of cinnamon, one cup of applesauce, a straw, and a large plastic zipper-top bag. You will also need cookie cutters if you plan on making specific shapes, a pair of scissors, thin narrow ribbons for hanging the finished projects, and any extra embellishments such as plastic craft eyes, latex craft paint, a fine-tip brush for creating special features, clear-drying glue, and faux gems.
Place the applesauce and cinnamon in the bag, and with the bag zipped, knead the mixture until it forms soft dough. Once the cinnamon and applesauce are thoroughly combined, the dough is ready to form into cinnamon scented ornaments and trinkets. It is really very easy, and the scented creations you can make are only limited by your imagination.
Cinnamon Scented Dough Ornaments
If you want to fill a room with the delightful scent of cinnamon, consider making scented pinwheels or other ornaments to place in a decorative bowl. Roll out the dough to make it thin, and generously sprinkle it with glitter in a color of your choice. Next, tightly roll the dough, and cut it vertically to create individual sparkling pinwheel ornaments. Allow the dough ornaments to air-dry for at least twenty-four hours before handling or displaying.
Do you love bears? If so, consider making scented cinnamon bear ornaments to hang in your kitchen, dining room, or any other location with low humidity. Use cookie cutters to make perfectly shaped bear ornaments, and create a hole in the top of each bear with a straw. Allow the scented dough to dry completely, and glue on small craft eyes. Paint on a smiling face, and thread narrow satin ribbon through the holes for hanging. Add any extra embellishments such as tiny buttons and bows can be added to the ornaments if desired.
Cinnamon scented stars are a wonderful addition to any home, and you can make them using star-shaped cookie cutters and scented dough. Roll out the scented dough to a thickness of about one-eighth of an inch, and after cutting out the scented cinnamon shapes, sprinkle the dough with metallic glitter. Lightly press the glitter into the dough, and be sure to create a hole in the top of each star for hanging. Allow the dough to dry completely before handling or displaying the finished ornaments. They also look stunning when decorated with faux gems. Instead of pressing glitter into the dough, wait for the scented ornaments to dry, and glue on flat-backed faux gems using clear drying craft glue. When hung near a sunny window they will sparkle and shine while filling the room with the delightful scent of cinnamon. •
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