Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments


'Tis the season! Christmas is next week, so I am sure you already have your Christmas tree up, your home fully decorated, all your Christmas baking done, and all your gifts purchased, wrapped and under the tree... right?

Ok, so maybe not quite.

If you're not one of "those people" who have everything done perfectly and are just sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace awaiting Christmas day, then I have a fun DIY Christmas project for you!

It's a great project to do with kids and makes your home smell amazing! This is so easy to do and most of the time spent is just letting them dry. Even if you're done your decorating, these cute aromatic ornaments will add a little somethin' extra to your tree.

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of cinnamon
  • cookie cutters, your choice of shape
  • a skewer or straw for poking holes in the ornaments
  • string, ribbon, etc for hanging
  • baking pan with wax paper (or silpat)


  1. Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature
  2. In a bowl, add 1 cup of applesauce and 1 cup of cinnamon
  3. Mix really well (hands work best!) until it's fully incorporated
  4. Slowly add more cinnamon and mix well until it reaches a "doughy" consistency (it shouldn't be too wet or too dry)
  5. Dust cinnamon onto the countertop and roll out the dough to about a 1/4" thickness
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes of your choice
  7. Place shapes onto a baking pan lined with wax paper (or use a silpat)
  8. Using a skewer or straw, poke a hole in the ornament where you want the string to go
  9. Place ornaments in the oven for a couple of hours until most of the moisture has evaporated
  10. You can either leave them in the oven (turned off) overnight or let them sit out on the counter
  11. The next day, string them and hang them up on your tree!

Another great idea for these is to use them as gift tags! Use a black or silver sharpie to write names on them.

My daughter and I enjoyed making these together and our house smelled soo good for days! These are supposed to last for quite a while as long as you pack them up carefully. But, it's so easy and fun to do, I think we might just make more next year too!