Putting a little DIY into your holiday doesn’t have to hard or elaborate. It just has to be fun and, hopefully, not get too much glitter in your carpet.
With the kids home on a long winter break and the excitement of Christmas in the air, you can create a few really easy and beautiful ornaments to make your tree special or share the crafty love with family and friends.
I just love making cinnamon ornaments, but it wasn’t until this year that it hit me to decorate them. This year my little girl got to happily dump fine glitter into the mix, and then like every princess wants to do, squish all the glitter and glue and cinnamon together with her hands.
That was enough glitter for this mom, but you can also add more by pressing a thin coat of fine glitter onto the shapes before you bake them.
You can also use puffy paint on these shapes after they bake and cool.
“Frost” a little gingerbread boy and girl for a special extra touch.
2 cups cinnamon
2/3 cup applesauce
1 cup Elmer’s glue
Fine glitter (the bigger glitter doesn't stick as well)
Ribbon for hanging your ornaments
Mix all the ingredients together; the dough will come together like a cookie dough. If it is too sticky, add a little more cinnamon.
Sprinkle some cinnamon on wax paper and on your rolling pin. Roll out dough to about 3/8 inch and cut shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to poke a hole in the top of each ornament.
You should smooth the edges a little before you place the shapes onto a lined cookie sheet, but even the ones that don’t get patiently placed still turn out pretty.
If you haven’t used up all your glitter, you can gently rub some into the top side of the ornaments.
Bake for two hours at 200 degrees, and be sure to flip them halfway through so they don’t curl and bake flat.
Let them cure overnight before you apply any paint to be sure that they are completely dry.
Cinnamon tree ornaments
Another easy wonderful smelling easy project is little button Christmas tree ornaments.
These would be a hit with any little girl who likes Lalaloopsies and any mom who wants to do something with her stash of random buttons that never seem to find a home. These cute creations come from www.craftsunleashed.com
3-inch Cinnamon sticks
Pine garland cut into 1, 2 and 2 1/2 inch pieces
Twine or yarn
Glue the shortest garland piece at the top, leave some room and glue the middle; then glue the longest piece to make a mini-tree. Glue the twine or yarn to the back of the cinnamon stick so that you can hang your ornament. Now it’s time to decorate with buttons, sequins or pom poms.
Need a no-glue no-glitter project? Why not make a gingerbread house with the kids?
You can pick up a kit at Meijer (on sale right now) for just a few dollars.
Let your little ones help with what my little boy called a “huge” bag of icing to make a messy masterpiece.
I also used this opportunity to use up some of the undesirable Halloween candy, like that gross yellow/orange/pink Twizzlers that no one wants to eat. They make a great sidewalk, or you can stack them for a chimney.