Make these easy, DIY no bake cinnamon applesauce ornaments for your Christmas tree. They can also be used as gift tie-ons or stocking stuffers!
Christmas is coming quickly…but there’s still time for one more little craft project! For the past couple of years, I have given a handmade, very small gift to the girls in my husband’s office. Last year I made chocolate Christmas tree pretzels, which were very cute. I’ve always wanted to make no bake cinnamon applesauce ornaments, so I decided that would be my gift this year.
Sometimes I get myself into these craft projects and wonder “what was I thinking?” However, not this time! These little ornaments were very fun to make and more important than that, they were easy. I made three batches of dough and from start to finish, this project took about an hour. This is the perfect Christmas craft to make with your children or grandchildren. They would love rolling out the dough, and using the cookie cutters to make the ornaments. The entire process was enjoyable, but cutting out the stars, trees, and gingerbread men was the best part!
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Supplies Needed for Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
- Red and white twine
- Scissors (similar)
- Cookie cutters
- large wood rolling pin
- wood cutting board
- parchment paper
No Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments Recipe
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 2 tablespoons basic white glue
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or cloves
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use a spatula and make sure all the cinnamon is absorbed into the applesauce.
- Gather the dough with your hands. Knead it several times, pressing the dough firmly into a ball. It will be about the size of a softball.
- Sprinkle some cinnamon on a cutting board or other smooth surface. Flatten the ball into a disc with your hands. Using a rolling pin, begin to roll out the dough. Turn the dough several times while rolling, adding more cinnamon to prevent sticking.
- Roll until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick and cut out the shapes using cookie cutters.
- Gather the leftover dough after the first cutting and again knead it several times, pressing it firmly into a ball. Repeat the rolling process.
- Repeat until all the dough is used.
- Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet covered with wax or parchment paper. Using a skewer or small straw, make a hole in the top of each ornament.
- Ornaments should dry in 24 to 48 hours. It helps to turn them occasionally so they dry evenly.
- String with a piece of twine or ribbon to hang.
We’re not going for perfection here, but I do have a few tips that will make your ornaments pretty enough for gift giving. Of course, you don’t have to give them away…it’s perfectly fine for you to keep them for yourself!
Tips for Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
- The dough, when rolled out, should be at least 1/4 inch thick. If you roll it any thinner, the ornaments may curl when they are drying. They can definitely be a little thicker than 1/4 inch, but keep in mind they will take a little longer to dry.
- Each batch of dough makes about 12 ornaments. If you need more ornaments than one batch will make, do not double or triple the recipe. It’s best to mix up separate batches of dough. The individual batches of dough are much easier to mix up and roll out.
- Try to roll out all the batches of dough to the same thickness. This will give your cinnamon applesauce ornaments a uniform look, and they will look beautiful when packaged for gift giving. This also helps the ornaments dry at the same rate, so they are all finished drying at the same time.
- Depending on how sharp your cookie cutters are, the edges can be a little ragged. After you have cut out a batch of shapes, wet your finger and run it along the edges of each ornament. This will smooth the edges and it only takes a few extra minutes.
- If you are in a hurry, you can bake the ornaments in a 200 degree F oven for about two hours. Turn them over halfway through the baking time. (I did not bake mine…they took two full days to dry.)
- If you choose to let them air dry, turn them over whenever you think about it. I turned mine several times over the two day period and they dried nicely.
- Because there is glue in the recipe, which I really think is necessary, these are not edible. I’m going to package mine in little cellophane bags with THESE TAGS. I would hate for someone to bite into one of them and be totally shocked!
How to Store Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
To store the ornaments safely, use a plastic container with a tight lid. Place the ornaments in single layers, with wax or parchment paper in between the layers. If possible, store these ornaments in a place where the temperature is controlled. Avoid attics, damp basements, garages, etc.
Of course, in addition to looking adorable, these little ornaments smell wonderful. I dried them on my dining room table, and every time I walked through the room, it smelled just like Christmas. These handmade ornaments are slightly imperfect, but they come from the heart…and that’s very special indeed.
More easy Christmas craft projects!
- Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pots
- Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments
- Christmas Tree Pom Pom Pillow
- Christmas Garland from Wool Felt Balls
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