Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Craft #2

The kids and I had a playdate this morning, and we made ornaments out of dough (made from flour, salt, and water.  Super simple!!).  Our hostess, Megan, told us about another type she tried with her kids, made from cinnamon, that smelled super yummy while making the ornaments.  I came home, googled it, and I am sharing it as craft #2!!  I love the smell of cinnamon, and am looking forward to trying these with the kids.


3/4 cup applesauce
4.12 oz bottle of cinnamon, or 1 cup plus 2 tbsp
Plastic wrap
Rolling Pin
Christmas cookie cutter shapes

Mix applesauce and cinnamon in a bowl until a smooth ball forms.  Use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon, if needed.  Roll dough to 1/4 inch between two sheets of plastic wrap, and cut with cookie cutters.  Using the end of a drinking straw, poke a hole in the top of each ornament. 

The ornaments can be left to dry at room temperature for 1-2 days, or baked in a 200 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours.  Decorate if desired, and allow to dry.  Thread a ribbon or some string in the hole and hang on the tree!!

The ornaments we made today are better for painting, since they are lighter in color.  I should warn you that as the kids play with the dough, it will develop the gluten and start to get sticky.  Just add more flour if this happens.


2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Mix until you have a soft ball of dough.  If the dough is too wet, add more flour.  If it's too dry, add more water.  If the dough gets too dry, it will crack.  It can also crack if the dough is rolled too thin.  Roll to about 1/4 inch, even a little thicker to avoid cracking.  After poking a hole with a straw to thread a ribbon through, bake in a 250 degree oven for 2 hours.

Once dry, paint or decorate as desired!  :)

1 comment:

  1. We made those a few years ago and gave them as gifts. LOVED those! And every one else did too!