Looking for a craft for the kids to do this holiday season? Or a gift for them to give? I love how little hands can help with this project, they can be given as gifts, and made into momentos. Here’s a recipe for some easy do it yourself spice ornaments.
And, to make them extra kid-friendly, these babies are no-bake.
You’ll need just a few ingredients to make these aeromatic Christmas ornaments. I bet you have most of these in your pantry.
Becuase you use three spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice) these ornaments smell great. It’ll be the best smelling craft you’ve done this year!
You mix the spices, applescaue, and glue together.
Until it forms a “dough.”
Set on a piece of wax paper. (If you do this on the counter, without the wax or pachment paper, be aware the dough may stick.)
You’ll roll out until the thickness you desire for the ornament, probably abuot 1/4 inch thick.
Using your favorite cookie cutter, cut out shapes – just like you would for cookies.
Use a straw to poke a hole at the top of the ornament. This is where you’ll put the twine or yarn through.
Spread the ornaments on a rack to air dry.
If you don’t want to use them as an ornament, you can glue a magnet on the back to use as a decoration in the kitchen. Just don’t poke a hole in the top of those.
After they’ve air tried for 48-72 hours, you can thread the twine (or colored yarn – have fun with the colors) through the hole and tie a knot.
Then they’re ready for hanging or gift giving.
They’d be great to adorn a package too.
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. ground allspice
- 2 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 Tbsp. white glue
- drinking straw
- twine, ribbon, or yarn
- cookie cutters
- wax paper
- magnets (optional)
- Combine cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, applesauce, and glue until well blended. The mixture will become stiff.
- Form dough into a ball and place on a sheet of wax paper.
- Roll out to a ¼” thick.
- Sprinkle rolling pin with cinnamon if needed to prevent sticking.
- Using cookie cutters, cut dough out in desired shapes.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 with left over dough until you have used up as much dough as you can.
- For ornaments, use the straw to poke a hole at the top of your ornaments to thread the twine or yarn for hanging. If you would like to make magnets, skip this step.
- Place ornaments on a flat surface to air dry; a cookie cooling rack works well.
- Let dry for 48-72 hours, turning them over half way through the drying period.
- Once dry, thread the twine or yarn through the hole and tie in a knot.
- If you choose to make magnets, place a self-adhesive magnet to the back (additional glue is recommended to reinforce adhesion).