First, mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
1 3/4 Cups Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Ginger
2 Tbsp Ground Cloves
1/2 Tbsp Allspice
Add the moist ingredients and stir until well mixed.
1 Cup Applesauce
1/2 tsp Vanilla
3 Tbsp Titebond-3 Ultimate Wood Glue *Note- I used this glue and I LOVED how well it worked. These ornaments are not edible but if you’re super worried about someone taking a bite out of one, you could use Elmer’s Glue instead- it’s non-toxic and safe for kids to handle.
You may need to add a little more cinnamon or applesauce to get a good dough. It should feel similar to rolling out sugar cookies- firm while moist and flexible.
Roll, Cut and Place
Sprinkle a little cinnamon on your rolling surface then plop down the dough. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough until 1/4″ to 1/3″ thick. Grab your cookie cutters and cut out your favorite shapes. Put them on a cookie rack sitting on another pan for drying or on a piece of aluminum foil. Don’t worry if the edges aren’t perfect- you can sand them later. If you want a hole for a hanging string, take a toothpick or straw and poke a hole where you want it. You can do this step before you transfer them to the tray, I just think it’s easier this way. The holes won’t get squashed when they move.
Warm in the oven at 160 degrees Farenheit 3-5 hours, give or take, OR place them in a warmer spot in your house and let them sit for four to six days (or more- or less, depending on humidity, temperature, etc.). I made mine in the evening and let them sit with the oven on for a couple hours until bedtime. Then I turned off the oven and just left them in there. They were dry by morning and my house smelled fabulous!
Maybe I’m having an OCD moment here, but at this point I like to gently sand the edges of the ornaments so they look pretty and polished instead of rough and ragged. If the edges don’t bother you, go ahead and skip this step. 😉
You might choose keep it simple or to knock yourself out. Either way, round up any craft supplies you want to use- ricrack, string, glitter, paint, ribbon- use your imagination- and decorate to your heart’s content.
If you poked holes for a string, thread them on now. Using a needle makes it easier! You could also use hot glue and attach a loop of ribbon, jute or even a metal hanger to the back.
Enjoy your beautiful ornaments!
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