Kids' Craft: Scentilicious Cinnamon Ornaments
Enjoy all the fun of making Christmas cookies without all the fat and calories! These (non-edible) fragrant and festive cinnamon ornaments are a must-make kid-friendly Christmas craft that will have you rolling, baking and decorating.
large mixing bowl
2 cups ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting surface
1/2 cup smooth applesauce
spoon or rubber spoonula/spatula
1 cup all-purpose white school glue, plus extra for decorating, if desired
parchment paper or non-stick silicone rolling mat
metal drying rack (optional)
ribbon, string and/or twine
artist brush (optional)
Pour ground cinnamon and applesauce into a bowl and stir (Image 1). Mixture will appear mealy at this stage (Image 2). Add one cup white school glue and continue to stir or mix with your hands. Dough will be sticky and thick. Press into ball and dump onto parchment paper, allowing it to rest for about an hour. Tip: Allowing it to rest will make the dough more workable.
Roll Out Dough
Dust dough and rolling surface with extra cinnamon to prevent it from sticking (Image 1). Roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/4” thickness (Image 2).
Cut and Sculpt Ornaments
Use cookie cutters in desired shapes to cut out ornaments, like cookies. A knife can also be used to hand-cut custom shapes or dough can be sculpted like play dough (Image 1). Once desired shapes are created, use a straw to make a hole at the top of each ornament (Image 2) for threading a ribbon or string through (Image 3).
Bake, Decorate and Hang Ornaments
Bake in a 200 degree oven for 2 hours. If ornaments are being baked directly on a cookie sheet, flip halfway through. To prevent flipping, bake ornaments on metal drying rack, so both sides are exposed to air (Image 1). Once cooled, ornaments can be embellished with glue and glitter or even puffy paint (Image 2). Hang with a length of twine, ribbon or string (Image 3).