Hey there!! Today, as promised, I will be sharing the recipe for cinnamon dough!! So, before I lose the pics in the abyss let’s get started!!
Update: You can print the directions photo free for cinnamon dough ornaments here!
It’s super easy! This is a yearly tradition at my house. I still have ornaments from when my 9 year was three years old, and would you believe they still spell like cinnamon? I know!! It doesn’t take a whole lot to do, either!
- 1 cup ground cinnamon = about a 4 1/4 oz. bottle like you’d buy at Dollar Tree 😉
- 4 Tbsp. glue (I’ve used both Elmer’s school or all-purpose glue, as well as tacky glue)
- 3/4 to 1 cup water
Mix all ingredients, reserving a few tablespoons of the cinnamon. (Tip: if you double the recipe, 4 Tbsp. doubled is 1/4 cup!) Add only the 3/4 cup water at first, adding the additional water a little at a time until your cinnamon dough is like cookie dough. It should form a ball when pressed together.
I have never read the actual instructions before today but apparently at this point you are supposed to refrigerate the cinnamon dough for a few hours, then knead it until it is smooth before proceeding. Good for you if you accomplish that! My kids always help (with the exception of today… I didn’t take pics of the actual event prior to the last few steps, so I mixed some up solo just to share) and we move right into the next step…It seemed that refrigerating helped with thoroughly wetting the cinnamon, helping avoid cracks and general brittleness!
Roll your cinnamon dough out to a quarter-inch thickness and use cookie cutters to create your favorite shapes!! This year we stuck with snowflakes and stars, but in the past we’ve made bells, snowmen and just about any other cookie cutter shape you find this time of year.
Use a toothpick or straw to put a hole through your cinnamon dough ornament.
Dry your ornaments. In the past I have just spread them out on cookie sheets and flipped them over twice every day until they’re dried through (three or four days). This year we had company when we made them and she was going to have to take them home and paint them later. So my husband suggested putting them in the oven to speed it up. A few hours at the lowest setting would work. Make sure you check them often, and I would flip them a time or two. I’m just a little slow (I’ve been doing this at least eleven years), but once we started talking about that I was like, “The dehydrator! Why haven’t we been using that?” Of course, worked like a charm! I set the temp to about 110 degrees and in about an hour we were moving on to the next step…
Paint/Decorate your cinnamon dough ornaments! I’m fond of glitter glue, so we make sure to have some of that on hand. Be creative!! (This was the best part of this! As the kids painted them they were constantly giving them to each other. They would say, “I made this one for you. Is it the best one? That’s why I made it for you!”)
Attach a ribbon or sturdy thread through the hole you created and enjoy!
Where do I hang my cinnamon dough ornaments? My favorite is windows. When the sun heats them their wonderful smell is strengthened.
I strung these together to make a sort of garland on my door.
I also enjoy them on pantry doors...or any door. There’s a delightful “waft” of cinnamon when you open and close it! I have one hanging from my rear-view mirror in my truck, but it’s a little intense in there when it’s warm out! You could even put them on your holiday tree if you have one. I don’t, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying these wonderful cinnamon dough ornaments….absolutely everywhere!! Back in the day, when I used to have a Christmas tree, I made stars and left them natural instead of painting them for a “rustic” feel. During that time I also painted on names and used them for gift tags!!
Oh….and about the turd I was smelling while I sewed the balloon balls…that’s another part of the tradition. My husband has forever made at least one to leave somewhere as a surprise for a co-worker. My father-in-law even requested several one year to put in the company stocking exchange (they each put a small token gift in each others stocking). I guess one fellow went home and hung it on his tree and whether it fell or what I don’t know, but his wife freaked out!! It’s really super gross, considering if you happen by it you can’t help but pick it up and inhale it! Anyway….I don’t think they ever grow up!!
Until next time…Have fun making cinnamon dough ornaments!!