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Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

This project started off as an advent calendar and kind of took on a life of its own. I was going to make fluted circle ornaments with the calendar numbers cut out of the middle, but then I realized that numbers like “6” and “8” were going to look a little odd because their entire interiors would be cut out. D’oh! So, I morphed the project into a riff on the polymer clay wreath ornaments that I made earlier this year.

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

The possibilities are endless with this project – tie the ornaments onto gifts as embellishments (I really like how the monogram ornaments came out), hang them on the tree, or string many together on twine or embroidery thread to create a garland. You can also use polymer clay (Sculpey has a color called “Hazelnut” that’s a pretty good match for gingerbread cookie dough) to create something very similar. I like using the cinnamon dough, though, because it smells so good and because it has a texture like that of real gingerbread cookies.

I left the ornaments/embellishments undecorated, but you can use dimensional paint and/or glue and glitter to decorate them. After I finished the project, I also had the idea to do a color wash over them (i.e., white paint mixed with water to thin it out), so I’ll have to try that out with the leftovers. See, endless possibilities!

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments + Gift Embellishments
dough recipe from Martha Stewart Living

Supplies Needed

for the dough

1 cup ground cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup school glue
a mixing bowl
a spatula
measuring cups
plastic wrap
oven parchment
a cookie sheet

for the ornaments

a variety of small cutters (I used Wilton Mini Alphabet Cutters, Sculpey Mini Metal Cutters – found at Jo-Ann, and Ateco Fluted Circle Cutters)

a toothpick, wooden skewer, or drinking straw

a polymer clay roller or rolling pin

twine, embroidery thread, or string

Instructions

1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cinnamon and applesauce using a rubber spatula. Add the school glue and stir until the consistency is smooth. The dough should not be sticky. Let stand for 1 hour.

2. Break off 1/4 of the dough, covering the rest with plastic wrap so it won’t dry out. On a flat surface that has been covered with oven parchment, start to flatten the dough with your hands and continue flattening with a clay roller or rolling pin until the dough is 1/4 inch thick. Note: I didn’t have any problems with dryness or stickiness, but Martha says to have a spritzer bottle on hand to use if the dough starts to dry while you’re working with it, and extra cinnamon if the dough starts sticking to the roller.

3. Use various cutters to create the ornaments, and use a toothpick or skewer to create a hole that you can thread twine or string through to hang the ornaments or tie them onto gifts. If you’d like to thread ribbon or something thicker, use a drinking straw to create a larger hole. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining dough.

4. To dry the ornaments, you can either lay them on a cooling rack covered with paper towels for 24 hours, turning them over every 6 hours or so to prevent warping, or you can bake them on a parchment lined cookie sheet in a 200 degree F oven for about 2 hours, or until they’re completely dry. I used the oven method and baked for about 2 1/2 hours, but some of my larger ornaments still warped over the next several days. I’d recommend using smaller cutters because I had no warping problems with the smaller ornaments. For larger ornaments, I’d suggest using polymer clay.

Posted in Craft, Tutorials | 16 Comments »

16 Responses

  1. Monica says:

    this is adorable! love it!



  2. Michelle says:

    I haven’t made these in years. Thanks for the reminder!



  3. Heather - Chickabug says:

    These are beautiful! Homemade AND modern – love them!



  4. Giuli says:

    Totally fantastic!!!
    What a creativity you have!!!
    Thank you for sharing! =)
    Giuli in Italy



  5. alyssa says:

    I have been wanting to make these with my eight year old – who knew they’d be so elegant?



  6. Tundra says:

    These are adorable! I’ll be linking to this from my creativity forum.



  7. sue says:

    I have been looking for a recipe for these for so long! Someone gave us a cinnamon dough ornament years ago and I loved it as a kid. Whenever I googled it, all that ever seemed to come up was salt dough. Thanks for sharing!



  8. Kathryn says:

    So cute! I’m adding this to my Christmas fun list for me and my children. Thanks!



  9. Melissa says:

    I made these with the kids two years ago. We made them for our tree. They made the house smell so good! And they don’t smell quite as strong, but they’ve made it through two Christmases…almost 3!



  10. Kim Bee says:

    These are so cute I can barely stand it. Just adorable!



  11. Greta says:

    I made these as a wedding favor, cheap and everyone raved!



  12. Nakia says:

    I want to eat the ornaments!



  13. Pat D. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Can’t wait to try making these.



  14. cathy jenkins says:

    i made these about 30 yrs ago. i used mini gingerbread boys and girls to cut out. i used a skewer to punch a hole where i tied a gold string. then i used acrylic stencil paints to paint the features and clothing details. i hung the mini ornaments on the faux greenery i drape on a stair case, they smelled wonderful the entire season. after christmas i stored them all ina metal tin. i reuse them each year. they aer still looking good. another way i used them wasas gifts for my students. and i draped my brass chandelier with fauz greens and hung the ornaments from that. my house always smells so good at christmas. i usually keep a small pot fu]]ll of water and oangepeels, cinamon and cloves simmering on the bacck of my stove top.



  15. Jenna says:

    I just love these ornaments! And your packaging is just gorgeous!! Where did you get your wrapping paper?



  16. Kristen says:

    Jenna – Thanks! You can download the wrapping paper sheets and matching gift tags here: http://www.domestifluff.com/2010/12/printable-pink-gift-wrap-sheets-gift-tags/.



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