Make Cinnamon and Applesauce Ornaments to Use All Year For Pennies!

Applesauce & Cinnamon Decorations

There’s something about the smell of cinnamon & spices at Christmastime! Perhaps it’s the rush of childhood memories of making cookies in the kitchen with mom, or the little gifts that we would make in school? Or maybe it is the smell of pumpkin pie our family would share every Christmas evening that I remember so well? Whatever the reason, nothing says we’re ready for the holidays better than something sweet & spicy being prepared in the kitchen!

These little ornaments have been warming hearts & homes for many years, and with proper care, they can last a very long time. In fact, the ornaments pictured above are ones that I made several years ago that I still enjoy! All it takes is a simple mixture of applesauce & cinnamon to create beautiful items for your home!

To make these ornaments you will need:

Equal parts of cinnamon & applesauce – I suggest 1 cup each for your first time

Mix in a bowl and stir until well blended. Work mixture in hands for several minutes to form a ball. If mixture is to dry, add a bit more applesauce. If it’s too wet, add a bit more cinnamon.

Knead ball on cinnamon sprinkled surface until it holds together well. Then, roll out using a rolling pin sprinkled with cinnamon. You can use your favorite cookie cutters, or templates that you’ve drawn yourself to cut out your shapes. As you can see by the picture, for this batch, I chose to use a template of some little primitive stars for our shapes. I like the ornaments to be a little bit thick. This helps keep them from breaking over the years.

Place ornaments on a cookie sheet that has been sprinkled with cinnamon. Use a drinking straw to cut out the little circle that you will use to hang your ornament.

Air dry for 24 to 48 hours – turning several times. You can also place the cookie sheet in a very low oven (around 200 degrees), which will help them dry much faster. Remember to turn several times.

When you pack the ornaments away, be sure to cushion them to keep them from breaking. And, if they start to loose their scent over the years, add a drop of cinnamon oil to bring back the wonderful aroma!

Primitive Christmas Tree

Save money and make this a VERY inexpensive project!

– Buy your applesauce in the large can in the bulk section of your super-mart

– Buy your cinnamon in the generic containers from the super-mart or the local discount store. I can usually find larger containers of cinnamon 2 for $1.

Use different materials to hang your ornaments

Try using things such as;
– yarn
– clear fishing line
– ribbon
– raffia
– twine or hemp
– strips of homespun fabric – my favorite, as I buy it at super-mart for $1 pr yard!

Different ways to use your ornaments

1. Decorate a small Christmas tree using only these ornaments, then as your guests leave, take an ornament off and give it to them as a little gift.

2. Use as gifts for teachers, the postman, your hairdresser, or any other person that you need to give a little special something to.

3. Use them as a gift tag or package decoration by using paint to write the person’s name on the ornament.

4. Do you make baked goods or jar mixes as gifts? If you do, add one of your ornaments to the jar or package by using a strip of homespun fabric to tie it on.

5. Use your ornaments to make a beautiful garland!

6. Add to a wooden bowl of things such as; potpourri, rusty bells, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, apple rings, and dried orange slices.

7. You can add extra touches to your ornaments with acrylic paints, or glitter. You could also dip them in wax, then roll them in cinnamon for a wonderful “grubby” prim look!

It doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to make these creative little beauties! How about hearts for Valentines Day, flowers for Mother’s day, and stars for the 4th of July! And, I know of many people who like to keep a little primitive style tree up all year long. They have the lights on it, and then they decorate it according to the holiday or season in which they are in.

You don’t have to make them yourself!

If you love the thought of using these creative little ornaments, but don’t have the time or energy to make them yourself, I still have the perfect plan for you!

There is a gal named Jean that makes these little beauties & sells them in her online shop. Of course, hers are a bit different than mine… as she uses her “secret recipe” to make the ornaments purely out of cinnamon ;) She has a whole store full of beautiful things that she makes, and everything is priced very nicely! Her store is called: BlueJean Primitives
Check out all of the other wonderful things she has there – including some beautiful fabric covered primitive boxes!

Here are her beautiful little stars!
Applesauce ornaments

Let us know what other creative ideas you come up with, then post some pictures in the New forums!

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43 Responses to “Make Cinnamon and Applesauce Ornaments to Use All Year For Pennies!”

  • Kristy Howard on December 21, 2007

    These are SO cute… creative, too! I think I’m going to blog about this and share the fun!!

  • Samvel on December 21, 2007

    Great Idea. Edible ornaments are fun.

    • admin on December 21, 2007

      Except that these probably wouldn’t taste very yummy ;)

  • Laura on December 21, 2007

    We made these for the very first time this year when my grandson was out for Christmas break. I was going to photograph them and blog about them as well. But everyone loved them so much that we passe them all out.
    I figure we’ll make more when Valentine’s Day rolls around. I have a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Next time we’ll know to make extra!

    • admin on December 21, 2007

      Laura –
      You’ll have to let us know when you make up some more, and we can post a pic of your treasures!

  • Edi on December 21, 2007

    Your star ornaments w/the fabric ribbon look very sweet – kind of what you’d expect to find on a tree a hundred yrs ago.

    We made some of the cinnamon ornaments and painted them with model car paints. When I walk by the tree I can smell the cinnamon.

    It made me think I’d like to have only handmade ornaments on our tree – as well as ones that are special…rather than just having something to fill up the tree.

    If you add Elmer’s white glue to the mix…the ornaments become more “stable”. The first yr – most of ours broke and crumbled…this yr I found you could add glue to the mixture – as well as bake them for a few hours on very low temp (last time they air dried).

    • admin on December 22, 2007

      Edi – Thanks for sharing. I have read recipes about adding glue, but I just decided to make them a bit thicker. It seemed to work, as I am still using ornaments that I made 5 years ago!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share! Sounds like your painted ornaments are really nice! You’ll have to post a picture in the Home & Garden Forums!

    • Claudia on December 21, 2008

      My son wants to make cinnamon ornaments because my daughter is in third grade and just made them last week!!!I only want to make two very small ones and i dont want to use too much cinnamon, but i have plenty of applesauce and glue to use!!!Please if you have a recipe that uses glue with it and not too much cinnamon and other spices please let me know!My three year old son has been bugging me constantly!Thank you!!!!

  • The Feathered nest on December 22, 2007

    They’re charming! I like the glittery ones too! Thanks for the reminder about the forum! I keep intending on visiting :-) I’ll do so now.

    Merry Christmas!


  • Alice on December 22, 2007

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas using the cinnamon/applesauce ornaments. Have always wanted to make these, just never have. Perhaps with your suggestions…I’ll try them. Also, love the glittery ones. Happy Holidays!

  • Robin on December 31, 2007

    Hello! I just found this site by accident, and I LOVE IT! My sister-in-law has been making these ornaments, and I had intended to try them for myself. After reading about them here, I am trying them for sure! I keep primitive little pine trees in my home year round, and I think these ornaments would look wonderful on them. I am a Mother of four, and am always…did I stress ALWAYS? lol…looking for ways to cut corners. So keep up the good work and add more frugal ideas, please.

  • Priscilla on January 27, 2008

    Hi, I have just found your amazing blog and wanted to say how pleased I am I found you. I have wanted to make cinnamon decorations for a while but thought they were too complex ingredients, yours are simple and look fantastic. Thank you for sharing…..

    Priscilla x

  • Janeen on July 21, 2008

    I love these. I’ve wanted to make some for awhile, but I’m in this stage where I’m putting off some crafts until my girls are a little older and can do some crafting with me!

  • Tonia on September 13, 2008

    I’m getting ready to make this recipe. It sounds wonderful! I tried to look up the glittery stars on the bluejean primitive website, but couldn’t find them on the site. Any ideas what she used to make the stars so thick and smooth? What would you suggest I try? Also, how do you keep the ornaments from curling while drying? Thanks for your help!

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  • Stephanie Oldenburg on November 27, 2008

    Love these! We’re making these today after Thanksgiving dinner.

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  • celestialcharms on December 12, 2008

    These look so perfect…I can’t wait to make them with my children…instead of using gingerbread!

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  • Kari on January 9, 2009

    I love these!

  • Kari on January 9, 2009

    I love these and linked to you from my site on homemade applesauce making. I’m trying to figure out how to do a trackback. Not sure if I did it right!

  • Lois R. on October 20, 2009

    I helped kids make these in a prekindergarten class, once. I always thought they’d make great car air fresheners, too!

  • Karen Futtner on November 29, 2009

    I made some of these ornaments 15 years ago and am still using them. They were decorated with tiny pinecones and silk flowers, with narrow ribbon hangers. They still have fragrance, but this year I may use an emory board to lightly “sand” the surface to renew the scent. I expect to have them for many more years to come!

  • TIna Bruffett on November 30, 2009

    My 4 year old daughter and I are going cookie cutter hunting to make these this year. She is so excited and so am I . Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Suzanne on December 7, 2009

    I am a kindergarten teacher and have 38 students. How much cinnamon and applesauce would I need to purchase?

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  • Angela on November 24, 2010

    I made these, but I used a gingerbread cookie cutter and used royal icing to decorate like gingerbread men.
    Very cute!!

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  • Cherilyn on December 7, 2010

    My cub scout pack makes these every December to give to the patients at our local soldier’s home. They are a great hit.

  • Cheryl on December 8, 2010

    These are wonderful. A classic for sure, but still a great craft to do with little ones. I will be posting this one to my FB page and tweeting it too! Thanks!

  • Anita on December 9, 2010

    I have been making these for years for my childrens school classes and at nursing homes for activities for the reisdents. THey love these recipes. I am a collector of cookie cutters so they have way to many to choose from. We enjoy ourselvesvery much. I would like to know how to make the glittery ornaments, though. Can anyone help me with that.Thank you in advance for your help.

  • Jessica on December 16, 2010

    I love this idea. I’m going to make them for my fourth graders to give to their parents for Christmas. How much cinnamon and applesauce do I use for 22 students?

    Thanks so much!

    • admin on December 17, 2010

      Jessica ~ Although I’ve never made ornaments with a large class before, I would suggest that you use at least 4 cups each.

  • TLBennett on June 22, 2011

    I have been making these for years. They are easy, smell good and fun. So many different shapes to make for so many different holiday’s.

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  • annie look on December 2, 2011

    Sooo….we made these and they smell amazing..but, they never dried hard enough to pick up?? any thoughts?

    • admin on December 3, 2011


      I would continue to turn them each day & allow them to dry fully. Their drying time could differ depending on your climate & temp. in your home.

  • WackySaver on December 10, 2011

    I love these beautiful little ornaments, I’m linking this on my blog. Great Idea.

  • Amy Wilson on December 11, 2011

    Going to make them with my first grade daughters and their friend the day we get out for Christmas break….We are going to have an ornament making party!!!! Can’t wait…I made these with my son(who is now 18) when he was in first grade….love it….I still have some of his on the tree….and if I sniff really hard I can still smell them.

  • amber on November 15, 2012

    where can i find the primitive star shape like you did?

    • Pearl Sanborn on November 19, 2012

      Amber – I just doodled out the shape I wanted on a piece of cardboard & cut the dough around it. Using this technique, you can make any shape you want & don’t have to rely on cookie cutters :)

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