Friday, December 13, 2013

Homemade Christmas Decorations - Cinnamon Ornaments

A couple days ago my youngest boy arrived home from school and he was feeling a little bit upset. The grade 6 students at his school got to make Christmas ornaments and he wished that he could make some. Tyler is in grade 5 and he is a very heartfelt boy. To be honest, with Mat on a road trip to the city, I was looking for and activity to do with him.

I started browsing through Pinterest for some holiday craft ideas and that led me to a post written by Melissa at the Chocolate Muffin Tree with a recipe for Cinnamon Ornaments. I should mention my oven doesn't work well so I'm not entirely sure how well this will work.

Now, Melissa's recipe calls for:
1 cup of ground cinnamon, 
1 Tablespoon of ground cloves, 
1 Tablespoon of Nutmeg,
3/4 cups of Applesauce
2 Tablespoons of White Glue

First of all, I don't have nutmeg so I will use All Spice instead. I don't think it will make a difference, they aren't for eating and it will still smell delicious. I also don't have a cup of cinnamon on hand. I do have enough to split the recipe in half though. No biggie, we will make a smaller batch and it will certainly cheer up the little one's spirits.

Melissa said that you could leave them out to try for a few days but she was impatient and instead cooked them at 200F for 2 hours. I followed suit and cooked mine in the oven for 2 hours. After 2 hours they were almost done except they were a little gummy on the bottom. I flipped them over and cooked them for another 45 minutes.

When they were finished Tyler was in bed so I painted a few of them with some leftover Easter egg paint and saved the rest for him to paint the next day.

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