Ornament Week: Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments

Welcome to Day 3 of Ornament Week!

If you missed the first two days, be sure to check out my Wood Memory Ornaments and Dinosaur Ornaments for more inspiration.

Today’s DIY Ornament Tutorial: Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments!

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I love this idea because:

  1. The whole house smells AMAZING when you make these because you use real cinnamon
  2. So easy you can do it with kiddos
  3. They make great gifts
  4. There are so many ways to customize your gingerbread creations (for pets, hobbies, etc.)

These ornaments won’t last forever, but they will last for at least a few years. And they will smell less like cinnamon with each passing year.

Also, these are not intended for human consumption. Don’t eat them, guys.

Step 1: Make the Dough

Mix together:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves

Step 2: Roll, Cut, Bake

Sprinkle a clean surface with ground cinnamon and roll out the dough to the desired thickness.

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Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Make holes using the end of a straw for hanging them.

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Place your shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a 200-degree oven for 2 hours until rock hard.

Step 3: Add Paint and String

Once cooled, use craft paint to decorate your ornaments. Tie decorative string or ribbon through the holes you made to hang them

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Step 4: Display!

Add these to your big tree or opt for a small themed tree like me.

Maybe just don’t hang them at a level where your dog might want to eat them….

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Tell me how your gingerbread ornaments turn out in the comments!

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