Monday, November 9, 2009

Craft Project - How To Make Cinnamon Applesauce Holiday Ornaments

If you are looking for an easy craft project to do with older children, I think you will appreciate this inexpensive project. You will need to gather together a few basic crafting supplies and make the dough recipe to construct the ornaments.

Once they have been completed, you can use them to hang on your holiday tree, attach them to your holiday packages or hang them from a garland.

These ornaments are lightly scented and contain glue, so please keep them out of reach of small children and/or pets.

Materials Needed For Craft Project

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough (see recipe below)
Holiday Cookie Cutters
Parchment or Waxed Paper
Drinking Straws
String, Ribbon or Embroidery Floss
Rolling Pin, Baking Sheet and Scissors
Scrap Trims - beads, buttons, ribbon, sequins, puffy paints
All-Purpose Craft Glue (for attaching trims)

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments Recipe

1 cup ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce (room temperature)
1 teaspoon Allspice
1 1/2 tablespoons white all-purpose craft glue

Note: If you are not going to use your dough immediately, you can store it in a plastic sealed container or zipper closure bag.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the ground cinnamon and Allspice. Stir in the applesauce and all-purpose craft glue. Using your hands, mix it all together and form into a large ball.

Lay a sheet of waxed or parchment paper down on your counter top. Divide your dough into 3 portions, leaving 2 portions in your bowl. Roll out the first portion with a rolling pin until it measures 1/4" thick.

Using cookie cutters, cut out your desired shapes. Use the end of a drinking straw to make a hole at the top of each ornament so that you can thread some string through it for hanging. Place shapes on a baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated 200 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until they have hardened. Remove from oven and let them cool on a wire rack. Once they are done cooling, place string, ribbon or embroidery thread through the hole so that your ornaments can be hung onto the tree.

If desired, you can decorate your ornaments with scraps of craft supplies using all-purpose craft glue.

Shelly Hill is a mother and grandmother living in Pennsylvania who enjoys crafting with her children and grandchildren.

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