Last year for Christmas we made homemade Christmas ornaments. I took pictures & meant to post them, but then worried that if I did family would figure out our gift surprise that the kids were working hard on. And so these pictures & recipe have been waiting for a year to be shared.
It was easy to do & made the house smell wonderful. We doubled the batch below & made some for our Christmas tree too. If you pack them away well you can use them year after year. Ours are currently hanging on our tree. It was a lot of excitement for the kids who, when we opened the Christmas ornaments containers to decorate yesterday, squealed with joy over seeing their hard-work from the year before staring back at them. And so I’m sharing this really great way to fill out the final week before Christmas.
What You Need:
1 Cup Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Allspice
2 Tablespoons Cloves
1 Tablespoon Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Ginger
3/4 Cup Applesauce
Preheat oven to 150 degrees
If you do not want to use your oven, you can also let these air dry on drying racks for 4–5 days until they are dry & hardened. You would follow all the same instructions below except those related to baking them.
How To Put It Together:
In a medium mixing bowl you will combine all your spices: cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger & nutmeg. It has strong & very seasonal aroma. It made the house smell like Christmas right away.
Then add in your applesauce. Stir to combine. You won’t need as many spoons as I had, but at the time I had 3 helpers who all wanted to stir. So everyone got to help. If we did the same thing this year we’d have 4 as D-man would need to get in on the action.
Now you want to work the dough with your hands. Take about 2 to 3 minutes or until dough is smooth. All the ingredients should be fully incorporated.
Roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Use any shape you want. We choose just a couple Holiday themed ones & made those.
Using straw or pencil, make small hole in top of ornament. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 150 degrees for about an 1 hour. After your ornaments are dried you use the holes to pull ribbon or thread through. I found a few different ribbons & mixed them up.
Then put them on drying racks to cool.
Once they are cooled you can add your ribbon or thread. Then you can hang them on your tree, wrap them for gifts (I suggest putting them in tissue paper) or if you have any duds you can break those up mix with some dried orange or lemon peel & use as a potpourri.