Cinnamon Spice Bundle Christmas Tree Ornaments

With its distinctly warm, aromatic smell, cinnamon spice can instantly create a familiar festive scent in any room. Try finding long, golden-red cinnamon sticks to make these striking natural decorations for your Christmas tree.
Spice Holiday Ornament

Spice Holiday Ornament

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed:

  • 6-8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 recycled elastic band
  • length of thin wire, approximately 6" long
  • 2 nutmegs with a hole drilled through the center of each (use a clamp and fine-bore drill bit)
  • length of recycled natural raffia, about 20" long
  • eco-friendly adhesive glue
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 dried orange slice

Step 1

Secure the cinnamon sticks in a bundle with the elastic band. Thread the wire under the elastic band and secure it tightly in a loop.

Bundled Cinnamon Sticks

Bundled Cinnamon Sticks

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Thread a nutmeg onto the raffia, down to one end. Tie a knot in the end of the raffia to secure the nutmeg. Repeat at the other end.

Knots of Nutmeg

Knots of Nutmeg

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Wrap the raffia around the cinnamon bundle a couple of times so that the elastic band is completely hidden. Secure in a knot.

Cinnamon Bundle Tied With Raffia

Cinnamon Bundle Tied With Raffia

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Glue the star anise onto the front of the orange slice, then glue the orange slice onto the raffia so that it covers the knot.

Dried Orange Slice With Star Anise Covers Knot

Dried Orange Slice With Star Anise Covers Knot

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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