How to Make Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Ornaments

Learn How to Make Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Ornaments! These are made with cinnamon and applesauce. If you made these in school you know how incredible these homemade cinnamon Christmas ornaments smell!

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Delicious cinnamon spice will fill your entire home! Grab some cookie cutters, and give this fun and easy DIY Christmas craft a try. Then have gorgeous ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree! 

These Old Fashioned Cinnamon Ornaments Are… 

  • Made with 2 Ingredients 
  • Smell Amazing – Warm cinnamon flavor 
  • Simple to Make 
  • Hang and Decorate your tree 
  • Makes a Great Gift As Well

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What Do You Need To Make These DIY Christmas Ornaments 

Cinnamon – Powdered cinnamon is what you will need. Head to the Dollar Tree or Dollar Store to buy inexpensive cinnamon for this recipe. 

Applesauce – Reach for the jug and use. An off-brand works great, as you won’t be eating the applesauce at all. 

String You will want string or ribbon for making a hoop to hang on the tree. 

Cookie Cutters Any Christmas themed cookie cutters work great. I love gingerbread, stars, snowmen, etc. 

Straw – A straw will be the perfect tool to place a hole in the top for securing on the string. 

How to Make 

Full directions are in the card that you can print below. This is a walk-through on how to make it. 

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Start by mixing up your dough. It will be on the dry side, as you can see it. You will find it is easy to roll out and work with, but you don’t want it overly wet. If it is too wet add more cinnamon to help dry it out. 

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Roll out your dough, and then use a cookie cutter to cut out your favorite shapes. Don’t make the dough too thin or as the ornaments bake in the oven they will curl up and risk breaking. 

Place on a prepared baking sheet and poke a hole in the top with a straw. This is going to be used for hanging. Then bake as directed. 

Allow your Christmas ornaments to fully cool, and then tie the string or ribbon on and you are ready to hang on your Christmas tree. 

Will These Store For Next Year 

To be honest I have had some that lasted 2-4 years. After so long they can break if you are not careful with them. But, they will not mold or spoil. I had mine smell for around 2-3 years and then after that the cinnamon fragrance tends to fade away. 

Ways to Decorate Ornaments 

Use Elmer’s white glue and glitter for decorating if you want. The glue will almost look like a royal icing that you are glazing your cookie-style Christmas ornaments with. Then add on glitter if you want even more color to the ornament. 

More Christmas Ideas 

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How to Make Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Ornaments

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

How to Make Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Ornaments is so simple and today you can make your own. These old fashioned ornaments will make your home smell amazing.


  • 4 oz ground cinnamon
  • 10 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 drinking straw
  • Christmas Cookie Cutters in Assorted Shapes
  • Twine or Ribbon


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Add applesauce 1 tbsp at a time, mixing until the dough forms a rollable consistency, without being too crumbly.
  2. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness between plastic wrap. (Don't roll too thin, or they will curl slightly on the edges as they dry!)
  3. Cut dough with cookie cutters in Christmas shapes.
  4. Poke a hole with a straw at the top of each ornament. Bake on a baking rack inside a 200 degree oven for about two and a half hours, or until they are completely dry.
  5. Hang with a ribbon or twine.
  6. These can be used year after year if stored properly in a sealed plastic bag out of extreme temperature changes.
  7. Even though these are made out of all edible ingredients, they are not edible and should not be eaten due to the amount of cinnamon in them.


Depending on the size of the cookie cutters you use, will vary in the amount of ornaments you end up with.

© Heather Schisler
Project Type: craft / Category: Christmas Recipes
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