Cinnamon Ornaments: Easy Craft for Kids (and Last Minute Gift for Relatives)

As evidenced by this post and the post preceding it, I am a procrastinator. Between this craft and the stove top potpourri gift you can throw together gifts and activities to make the holidays easy and fun (and better smelling). The nice thing about this craft is it can be baked simultaneously with the stove top potpourri and it keeps the kids occupied.

What You Need

4.16 oz Container of ground cinnamon (or two smaller containers)

3/4-1 cup Plain applesauce

Cookie cutters (of your choice)

Yarn or string

A very sharp pencil

What To Do

  1. Mix the cinnamon and applesauce in a bowl until it forms a ball. You will probably need to use your hands. Start with 3/4 cup applesauce and add more until all the ground cinnamon is gathered up into the ball. Please don’t use more than 1 cup applesauce unless you have more cinnamon.
  2. Divide the ball into 4-6 pieces. Use a rolling pin or glass bottle to roll each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap until the dough is 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Remove the top layer of plastic and use a cookie cutter to cut out your desired shape.
  4. Use a sharp pencil to poke a hole into the top of the ornament. Make sure the hole is clear of dough on both sides.
  5. The kids will love “drawing” on the ornaments with a really sharp pencil. At this point you can encourage them to decorate the ornament for a specific person such as a grandparent. Easy gift from the grandkids!
  6. Bake the ornaments on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper at 200F for 2.5 hours.
  7. Let the ornaments cool on a rack.
  8. String yarn through the top.


Secret Messages for Valentine’s Day

I thought it would be fun to put together a little Valentine’s Day activity for kids using one of the ingredients on my list of twenty. The activity I came up with involves using lemon juice to create invisible ink for writing loving messages.

What You Need

  1. Red and white paper
  2. Lemon juice
  3. Q-Tips
  4. Scissors
  5. Markers

What To Do

  1. Create a pocket by folding a piece of contruction paper horizontally, leaving a little tab at the top.
  2. Seal the edges using staples or tape.
  3. Using a q-tip and lemon juice (do not diulute with water), write simple messages on pieces of white paper. Examples: XO, a heart, I love you
  4. Allow lemon juice messages to dry.
  5. Place the messages in the construcion paper pocket.
  6. Give to loved ones and instruct them to hold the secrect messages up to light (lamp, sunny window, etc) to reveal what they say.