This recipe is so simple to prepare, and the ornaments smell just like Christmas. One thing I love about these cinnamon ornaments is that kids can paint them once they are! They dry naturally light in color, giving kids a perfect canvas to create.
Cinnamon Ornament Recipe
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of cinnamon
- 3/4 cup of very warm water
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Wash hands and then finish kneading the dough with clean, dry hands. If the dough is a little sticky dust your hands with a bit of flour and knead. After a few minutes you will be left with amazing, cinnamon ornament dough
Give kids cookie cutters and rolling pins, and let them make their very own cinnamon ornaments for the tree
I recommend rolling the cinnamon dough out on wax paper to prevent sticking
Be sure to pierce a hole in the ornaments before leaving them to dry. This makes stringing them on the tree easy.
It will take roughly 24 hours for the ornaments to completely dry. Once dry you can give kids washable acrylic paint to embellish their ornaments or simply hang them from the tree as is. This is essentially salt dough with lots of cinnamon added to the recipe. We made two batches of cinnamon salt dough, which allowed us to make roughly 20 ornaments. We hung some of them without painting them, but most were painted by Rosie and Jewel the next day.
A few tips: If kids are painting the ornaments you can add a touch of cinnamon to the paints they are using to make the ornaments extra fragrant. I recommend using acrylic paint for the ornaments. If you are not painting the ornaments you can spray them with a clear finishing spray or use Mod Podge to return them to a deep brown color before hanging on the tree.
Kids love making their own ornaments and feel such a sense of pride when the tree is covered in ornaments they made themselves. This is one family tradition that I look forward to every year, and so do my girls. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine does. Happy holidays!
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