Make these easy cinnamon dough ornaments for the Christmas tree. This is an inexpensive, revised version.
Age: 5 and up
Difficulty: Easy peasy
Time Scale: 1 out of 5 (not including drying time)
There are a variety of recipes for cinnamon dough ornaments on the internet. They smell really good but they use a LOT of cinnamon and it isn't exactly cheap. The creations also end up dark brown.
Since I am kind of a cheapskate, I have done some experimenting. Mixing and fiddling, I wanted to make a cheaper version, that is a different color and smoother texture.
I've taken a salt dough clay recipe and adapted it. There isn't as much cinnamon in them, so they aren't going to smell as strong, but they still smell pretty good.
Some were partially dried in the oven, some were left to air dry. The process has left me a bit puzzled and I will have to wait a few days to see what the final results will really be. *Okay, I have waited and they are still strange.
dough ornaments that were left to air dry are fairly light in color. The ones I put
in the oven are darker. No, they aren't burnt, if that is what you are thinking!
To make the dough, add all the dry ingredients together first and mix together in a plastic container.
*omit the white snow glitter and decrease the amount of water slightly, if you plan on painting these a solid color.
Add 1/2 cup of water, then 2 tablespoons of white glue. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour.
Add a small amount of flour to a piece of wax paper.
Use a rolling pin to flatten out a small piece of dough, onto the wax paper. Roll to about an 1/8th inch thick.
Use the snowflake cookie cutter to cut out the shape. If you want to make a pattern on the ornament, press a plastic doily into the dough first. Remove the doily and then use the cookie cutter to cut out the shape.
To get a nice clean edge all the way around, pull off the excess dough with the cookie cutter still in place, then go around the edge with a skewer stick to smooth any rough edges.
Poke a hole all the way through, near the top of one of the legs of the snowflake, using a skewer stick. That makes me wonder... do snowflakes have legs? Maybe it is an arm.
If you have letter stamps, you can use them to add Christmas words such as, Love, Peace, Joy, and Hope.
Now the cinnamon dough ornaments will have to dry. Air drying will take a couple days. Turn after a few hours, to dry the other side.
After drying they can be left as is, glittered up, or painted.
The decorations with a pattern can be dry brushed with a small amount of white to make the pattern more noticeable.
Want more glitter? Some people really love that stuff. Paint on some diluted white glue and sprinkle the glitter on. (Be careful not to go over the surface too much with the paint brush or you get a sticky goo!) Tap off excess glitter. I seem to get this stuff everywhere!!
Cut nylon thread 8 inches long. Put through the hole in the decoration and tie. Now you can hang them on the Christmas tree.
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