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Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids

If you are like me, when you dig out your box of christmas ornaments your stomach drops as you notice there are significantly less ornaments than you remembered from last year… thanks to a curious dog and a even curiouser little boy who just couldnʼt keep his hands from tree. I used this very quick and easy recipe to make some simple ornaments that SMELL just like Christmas to hang on my tree. Here is just a quick little tutorial to follow if you want to do the same.


  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp white glue
  • 2 Tbsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp ground cloves (optional)
  • cookie cutters (free form shapes would be cool too)
  • rolling pin or something to roll the dough out with

Step 1: Mix the cinnamon and applesauce together. Add the cloves and nutmeg at this step for a more Christmas-y smell.

Step 2: Add the glue to the mixture and combine by hand (its not as messy as it sounds). Just like playdoh, the more the dough is worked the softer and more pliable it becomes and the easier it is to work with.

Step 3: Divide and hand out to the kids to shape the dough any way you like. We used Christmas cookie cutters. At this point you can add any embellishments you like beads, feathers or sparkles.

Step 4: Place your shapes on a lined baking sheet and poke holes in each to run a string through to hang on the tree.

Step 5: Let ornaments air dry overnight.

Step 6: Tie a string through the hole in the ornament and hang on the tree and ENJOY the sight and smell!

Krista Rao is a stay-at-home-mom of two. When she and the kids aren’t on some sort of craft mission, she’s making children’s items from reclaimed materials. Check out more of Krista’s adventures at Green Thimble.

Photos via Krisa Rao

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