Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament Fun!!

December 12, 2012
Aahhhh!! Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments!!! Boy, am I lovin' the way my classroom smells after making these!

They are really simple and easy to make. If you've never made them before- don't worry it's not that difficult at all, ok I lie, the clean up is terrible!! They take a a day or two to dry completely, and you can also bake them in the oven if you need them to dry right away.

It took about 4-5 days to complete the whole thing. We did it in steps- a little each day.

Here are the ingredients you'll need: applesauce, glue, and ground cinnamon. The recipe I used calls for, 4 cups of cinnamon, 3 cups of applesauce, and 1/4 cup of glue.

I mixed them all together in a big bowl. As I did this, one of my little boys yelled out "eewww, it looks like poop", which brought on a whole bunch of gross comments and squeals by my "girly" girls...sigh. I gave each student a small piece of construction paper, and a small scoop full of dough. I had them knead it for about 5 minutes. We counted to 100 a few times and sang a few songs while we did this.

When the dough was ready I had them flatten it with their palm and then they chose a cookie cutter of their liking.

After they kneaded their dough and cut out their shape with a cookie cutter, I laid them out to dry for a day or two flipping them over each day so the other side could dry. I used an old pencil to poke a hole at the top in order to hang it later. 

This is probably the only time you'll catch me using glitter in my class. I just hate how it gets all over the place!!

I broke a paper clip in half and used it to feed the ribbon through. And at the back I wrote "Kindergarten 2012" with a black sharpie. I truly hope it's something their parents will cherish and enjoy.

Have you made these before? I'd love to know how they turned out if so. Leave a comment below! 


  1. I did this two years ago and the room smelled delicious! Thanks for sharing the pictures! I am going to try it again :-)

    1. I absolutely LOVE the way my room smells :)

  2. I did this at school and took them home to bake them. I found this recipe to be a little dry. I kept adding glue to it. I checked online for other directions and many of them use a higher applesauce to cinnamon ratio. I had several crack.. I found several of them fell apart when making the hole for the ribbon.I think using Christmas ornament hangers while you make them would help My house smells delicious. I'm giving one to my older son in hopes it will make his apartment smell good :-) I love this project. The baking temp I've seen recommended for quick drying is 200 degrees for several hours.

    1. I wouldn't recommend adding more glue- I'd recommend adding applesauce instead if it's too dry. I also let them air dry. I noticed they did crack more when they were baked. I'd suggest trying it again- I hope you have better luck. Feel free to email me with any other questions- I'd be glad to help :)


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