49 responses to “cinnamon-applesauce ornaments”

  1. orange county photography

    This is four times now that i’ve happened upon on your website in the last two days when searching google for absolutely unrelated stuff. Kinda weird. Keep up the good articles!

  2. Advent, week 3 « Domestic Engineering

    […] I had seen a ton of ideas on the Crafty Crow for making ornaments but I really liked this idea from 5 Orange Potatoes because (1) it was made using things I have on hand and (2) it’s like cutting playdough which is […]

  3. Coupons

    My daughter made one of these in school a couple of years ago. It still smells heavenly!

  4. Liana

    This is just what I was looking for as a Holiday Kindergarten activity! I made them when I was 8 and now looking forward to sharing them with my daughter and her classmates – 18 in total. Just one question: how many does this recipe make (approximately)?

  5. S.

    I just made these today. I collected some different cookie cutters from thrift stores because it is a little early in the season and they MIGHT be cheaper, lol, but some thrift stores around here tend to be quite overpriced for used stuff. I am still going to make another batch before the season is over because I am still on the hunt for different shapes I am missing, like a dove, a gingerbread man and an angel. And plan on giving them to different family for their trees. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  6. Alex in Canada

    We just made these this week, thank you so much for sharing the recipe! They smell wonderful and were easy to make. I linked your instructions on my post :)
    Happy Holidays!

  7. Anna

    thanks for this recipe! i love these ornaments!
    If you coat your hands in a thin layer of olive or massage oil before handling the dough it will protect your skin and should help with the contact dermatitis… water will just make the burn worse though

  8. Stacia

    Cinnamon can cause an allergic reaction (more of a contact dermatitis) in some people. My little one gets a rash around her mouth if she eats something with lots of cinnamon. This usually happens when she decides she wants my cinnamon laden oatmeal versus hers or she notices I have toast with cinnamon on it while she has the kind with cinnamon IN it :) I too love these ornaments. I still have some from YEARS ago-the scent faded so i just added a drop of cinnamon oil to them. You have to be super careful with the oil-it is definitely rough on the skin.

  9. Mandy

    Great idea, & one I will have to try.

    Could be that straw that causes itchiness. That would have been my first thought anyway. Being dried grass stuff it would quite likely be irritating on skin, just like if you rolled outside on the grass & played in it, or if you jumped in a barn on hay bales. That would make most people itchy I would think. Working with any stuff like dough will dry your skin out from handling but the itchy would be sure to be the straw! Gloves will be good me thinks cos I can’t stand grasses etc on me.

  10. pink feather tree | 5 Orange Potatoes

    […] the favorite “job” was decorating the little pink feather tree!  It is full of cinnamon ornaments and Fauna’s little vintage ornament which she bought at an antique shop a few years ago; she […]

  11. Christy

    If anyone else is having problems with the dough sticking in the fancier cookie cutters, try dipping the cookie cutter in the cinnamon! It works for just the same reason as putting cinnamon on the counter. Love these!

  12. ginger

    Love these ornaments, Can’t wait to try them .
    Thank you so much for for sharing the recipe with us!
    Merry Christmas to you and your’s.

  13. Debbie

    These are awesome, Lisa.

    We went out today and got our tree…I think I’m going to make these tonight so we can add them to the tree tomorrow. Love ALL your ideas.


  14. Tamra

    I did these with my four year old and three year old. I totally wore gloves – thanks for that notation. I have very sensitive hands. I took the gloves off to make the holes and even the little bit of handling I did with the ornaments to do that made my hands dry. We learned using very simple cookie cutter shapes is best… My son wanted to do motocycles and cars and dinosaurs. They just didn’t work that well… got all stuck in the cracks.

    Love the using up old spices idea. Whee! This was fun!

  15. Tara @ TheOrganicSister

    This is great! I think I may opt for this one instead of salt dough ornaments. :)

  16. sarah in the woods

    This is exactly what we need to do tomorrow. Thanks!

  17. Earth Mama

    I LOVE doing these. A couple of years ago I created some little mini gingerbread men. Last weekend while taking out our decorations, a certain little three year old crushed them accidentally. So, maybe that’s a sign to make some more. Hmmm.. and I think I didn’t use glue, so maybe that would help make them harder. Will try.


  18. Lisa Crowe

    We received one of these last year as a gift and it still smells wonderful! I will definitely try this!

  19. GinaG

    This is also a tradition at our house and we often use them to decorate gifts. I never thought of adding glue to the mixture. Will have to try that as I can see how it would be helpful. I often use this recipe to use up my old spices before stocking up for holiday baking and herbal recipes through the rest of the year. I have found that ground allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, etc. go particularly well. We just mix these spices in with the cinnamon and then measure out the cup needed for the recipe.

    I never thought of using them as a garland. Think we will be adding these to the popcorn and cranberry garland we have planned. :)

  20. nicola@which name?

    THANK YOU for this, lisa. we used to make ornaments growing up and i haven’t done it with our kids yet. this year, lala is 5, and so much more “into” all the traditions and festivities!

  21. suchlovelyfreckles

    I’m so making these!!

  22. Teresa

    We love our cinnamon ornaments too – we still have some that are several years old and they still smell…

  23. Hip Mountain Mama

    Very very cool! We are always looking for more ornament ideas…thank you!!!

  24. kristen

    Oh I love that! Thanks for the recipe and the reminder of what a neat idea this is. : )

    Have a great weekend!

  25. Juanita

    Mmm. I bet they smell wonderful and festive. What could it be that makes it itchy to the skin though?

  26. Amy

    I LOVE these! I made like 100 of them last year…:) I tied them with a piece of ripped red checked fabric…it was so festive! I love the shapes you have! SO PRETTY! :)

  27. Shady Lady

    What a clever idea!! I’ll have to try to remember this for next year.

  28. grace

    These look fun. I’m going looking for a big ole jar of cinnamon tomorrow!

  29. Linda

    These look absolutely lovely, thank you for sharing :)

  30. Dawn

    I love making these ornaments, but I lost track of my recipe. Thank you for posting this!

  31. Joy

    We’ve made those before. Aren’t they delightful! I love that smell!

  32. renee ~ heirloom seasons

    We made those last year and strung them as a garland. Thanks for reminding me to get them out! I like your star with the wooden beads!

  33. Kylie

    oh wow these sound fabulous. When you say glue, do you mean PVA?


    Fabulous! We just did this very thing this afternoon. I still smell it on my hands — mmmmmmm!

  35. Heather

    Oh I love making Cinnamon/Applesauce ornaments, they just freshen the room, and they are a blast to correct. Yours look just gorgeous

  36. pink and green mama MaryLea

    I can only imagine how yummy the kitchen must smell while these goodies are in the oven!
    Great post — I’m right there with you on the overly sensitive hands!

  37. Ivy

    This looks like a fun activity and one that will smell fabulous. Thanks!

  38. Tamra

    MmmmMmmmm. Soooo gonna do this one too! Thanks for sharing! Another good one to do and give away too! Things like this I like to repurpose… like put them in my socks and undies drawer. I heard another mom talk about using her left over beeswax from her candles… melting them in a double boiler, pouring in holiday candy molds and attaching yarn… voila! Hang them on the tree and the warmth of the lights gives off the wonderful smell… I’m thinking you could put those over or around a heat register too.

  39. Andrea

    These are PERFECT – I was looking for something new/easy/foodish to decorate a small tree in my kitchen. I can’t wait to try these with my little one (and probably the older ones). Thank you so much for sharing!

  40. Patricia

    Wow Lisa, this is fun :)
    I love the smell and color!
    This is new to me …..
    Next week we will make them!


  41. Beth

    Hmmmmmm….I believe I can smell them! love, Beth

  42. jess

    My mom used to make these when I was little. I can still smell them.
    Smells like Christmas.

  43. Stephanie

    We haven’t done these yet this year… maybe if I can get my hands on a huge thing of cinnamon, since we’re doing homemade decorations on the tree this year.
    But small!! They’re so heavy! My babes will probably try to make them six inches around and two inches thick. :)

  44. april

    Lisa, you are awesome!
    I made these ornaments years ago before I even had the boys. I still have some of them and they still smell great. I was just thinking yesterday that I wanted to search for the recipe so I could make some with the boys this year. Then I find it right on your blog. Thanks!