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Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments (Easy No Bake Recipe)

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments are the perfect homemade ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree or to use as decorations throughout the holiday season. They are easy to make and the perfect craft to share with your kids or grandchildren.

With only 3 ingredients and no baking required this is a great activity for kids and adults of all ages. In addition, the ingredients to make the ornaments are inexpensive and easy to find.

Simply combine the ingredients until a dough forms. Then roll them out and use cookie cutters to form the ornaments.

diy cinnamon applesauce ornaments

In just a couple of days the ornaments will dry out and then you can use them in all sorts of ways to add holiday cheer to your home. Not to mention, the warm and inviting cinnamon scent will make your home smell festive all throughout the holiday season.

When stored properly they will last for many years to come. And each year as you hang the ornaments you will continue to smell the fragrance from the homemade keepsakes and enjoy the memories of when they were made.

WAYS TO USE HOMEMADE CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ORNAMENTS

The ornaments can be used in a variety of ways during the holiday season. From decorating your Christmas tree to gifting them to family and friends, there are several ways that you can use them to help you celebrate the season.

Decorations

1. Hang them on your Christmas tree. Cinnamon applesauce ornaments make a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree. They are lightweight and durable, so they won’t weigh down the branches of the tree.

2. String them together to create a garland. Cinnamon applesauce ornaments can be strung together with twine or ribbon to create a festive independent garland or you can hang them on a garland made of greenery. Then place the garland on your mantelpiece, staircase, or along a window frame.

3. Use them as placeholders. Write each guest’s name on a cinnamon applesauce ornament and use them as placeholders at your holiday table.

4. Decorate your wreath with them. Cinnamon applesauce ornaments can be glued or hung to your a wreath to add texture, color and a nice warm fragrance.

5. Place them in a glass cylinder or vase to create a festive centerpiece. Fill a vase or glass cylinder with greenery, bulbs and the homemade ornaments and place it on your dining table or coffee table for a festive centerpiece. *Just be sure not to place them in a shallow bowl as your guests might think they are edible.

Christmas cookie cut outs

Gift Ideas

6. Use them as stocking stuffers. Cinnamon applesauce ornaments make a fun and inexpensive stocking stuffer. The homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments will add great aroma to the stocking, but more importantly the gift can be enjoyed for years to come.

7. Use them as gift tags. Tie a homemade ornament to each of your gifts for a personal touch. Then the recipient can use the tag to hang from their tree for years to come.

8. Give them away as party favors. Send your guests home with a cinnamon applesauce ornament along with a small thank you gift for attending your holiday party.

Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are a fun and easy way to add a touch of holiday cheer to your home. Get creative and come up with your own unique ways to use them this season!

INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR HOMEMADE CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ORNAMENTS

Cinnamon – You will need approximately 1 1/4 cup of ground cinnamon to make the ornaments. Although that sounds like a lot of cinnamon, that measurement is correct.

One cup of cinnamon will be used as the dry ingredient to make the dough. Then the remaining cinnamon will be used to dust the surface will be used to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface when being rolled.

HELPFUL TIP: You can purchase cinnamon at a fraction of the cost when compared to grocery stores if you go to a local bulk food store or at warehouse club.

Applesauce – Applesauce is the primary wet ingredient in this recipe. When combined with the cinnamon it will create a dough.

You can use all natural or sweetened applesauce. Just be sure to stay with the thin, not chunky applesauce so your cinnamon applesauce ornaments turn out nice and smooth.

ornaments drying on parchment paper

White Glue – Although I have made these ornaments without the glue, they hold up much better when glue is added as one of the ingredients. Use a simple bottle of liquid white glue like the kind that you used as a kid.

Nutmeg/Cloves – This is an optional ingredient that some people like to add to the ornaments to make a stronger aroma. It isn’t necessary, but if you would like a stronger smell you can definitely add it into the mix.

TIPS FOR MAKING CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ORNAMENTS

1. Wear gloves when touching the dough. It will save your fingers from getting messy and stained from the color of the cinnamon.

2. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. If you roll it any thinner, the edges of the cinnamon applesauce ornaments may curl or crack when drying.

3. Roll each batch of dough to the same thickness. This will help the ornaments dry at the same rate, so they are all finish drying at the same time.

4. If doubling the recipe do so in individual batches. The recipe as written will make approximately 12 standard size cookie cut out ornaments. However, if you are wanting to make more don’t double the ingredients to make a single large batch. Instead, make two separate batches for best results.

drying cinnamon applesauce ornaments on cooling rack

5. Smooth the edges of the ornaments. When you go to cut out the ornaments the edges may become a little jagged. Therefore in order to smooth out the edges use a wet finger and run it along the edges before setting them out to dry.

6. Speed up the drying process if needed. Although it is best to let the ornaments naturally dry, you can speed up the drying process by preheating your oven to 200 degrees F. Then place the baking sheets with the ornaments in the oven and turn the oven off. Let them sit overnight in the oven and they will be dry by the next day.

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

*A printable how-to instruction card is included at the bottom of this article for your reference.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Straw
  • String, twine or ribbon
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves (optional)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup applesauce (natural or sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons liquid white glue
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or cloves (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl add the cinnamon, applesauce, glue and nutmeg or cloves (if using). Mix with a silicone spatula until the dry ingredients are no longer visible and a dough ball begins to form.

On a clean counter or cutting board, dust the surface with cinnamon. Place gloves on your hands (optional) and then remove the dough and place it on the prepared surface.

Knead the dough several times until it forms a smooth consistency. Then form it in the shape of a ball.

Sprinkle more cinnamon on the working surface and flatten the ball into a disc. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough.

Be sure to flip the dough several times adding more cinnamon to the surface and rolling pin to prevent sticking. Continue to roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

stringing ornaments

Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into desired shapes. Then use a straw, chopstick or skewer to make a small hole at the top of each ornament. Carefully place each ornament on a wax paper or on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Gather the leftover dough into a ball and then knead it several times and repeat the process to get as many ornaments as possible.

Drying Time

After 24 hours, remove the partially dried ornaments to a baking rack or cooling rack so they can dry completely. This process will take another 24-48 hours.

String each ornament with a piece of string, twine or ribbon. Then use the ornaments as a decoration or gift as desired.

Store in an airtight container for long term storage.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

diy cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Homemade Christmas ornaments made with just 3 ingredients. Hang them on your tree or use them as decorations for presents. They also can be used as an air freshener and will keep for many years when stored properly.

Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 1 hour

Materials

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon, more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup applesauce (natural or sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons liquid white glue
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or cloves (optional)

Tools

  • Mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Straw
  • String, twine or ribbon
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add the cinnamon, applesauce, glue and nutmeg or cloves (if using). Mix with a silicone spatula until the dry ingredients are no longer visible and a dough ball begins to form.
  2. On a clean counter or cutting board, dust the surface with cinnamon. Place the gloves on your hands (optional) and remove the dough and place it on the prepared surface. Knead the dough several times until it forms a smooth consistency. Form it in the shape of a ball.
  3. Sprinkle more cinnamon on the working surface and flatten the ball into a disc. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Be sure to flip the dough several times adding more cinnamon to the surface and rolling pin to prevent sticking.
  4. Continue to roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into desired shapes.
  5. Use a straw, chopstick or skewer to make a small hole at the top of each ornament.
  6. Carefully place each ornament on a wax paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
    Gather the leftover dough into a ball and knead it several times and repeat the process to get as many ornaments as possible.
  7. After 24 hours, remove the partially dried ornaments to a baking rack or cooling rack so they can dry completely. This process will take another 24-48 hours.
  8. String each ornament with a piece of string, twine or ribbon.

Notes

  • Store dried ornaments in a resealable plastic bag to retain the smell,
  • Use the ornaments as a decoration for Christmas trees, presents, napkin holders or as an air freshener.

Project provided by Old World Garden Farms

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