Cinnamon Elmers Glue Ornaments

EASY glue cinnamon and applesauce ornament keepsakes!

cinnamon glue ornament recipe

I believe I have a re-occurring theme on my blog….easy, simple and fast. At least when it comes to recipes/crafts.

cinnamon glue ornament snowflake

This is one of my all time favorites. The smell of cinnamon and spices just add so much to the holiday spirit. 

First, get ready for your house to smell deliciously like Christmas. 

Second, turn on the Christmas music.

Ok now you are ready (-:

cinnamon glue applesauce recipe

Ingredients:  (not for eating!)

     *  1 1/2 cups (8oz) ground cinnamon (can add dash of nutmeg/cloves –whatever you want!)
     *  1 cup applesauce (store bought works best)
     *  1/3 cup white school glue (Elmer's or other brand)

Simply mix these 3 ingredients together.  (my kids went crazy with wanting to "mix" it with their hands!) After it's mixed plop it down onto wax paper (or the counter) and use extra cinnamon to "flour" working area especially if dough is a little sticky. Lightly knead the dough.

Roll out to 1/4" (this picture is too thin, mine should have been thicker) and use Christmas cookie cutters for your shapes.

Use a straw for poking a hole on the top.

Let them dry for about 4 days turning them over at least once a day.  If you want to speed up the process you can bake for an hour at 200 F and let air dry 24 hours after that.  I did one batch in the oven and the other on a cooling rack.  The air drying on a cooling rack turned out looking more "professional" but if this is just a fun craft for kids who cares.   Actually I just let mine cool after the hour of baking and the kids painted on them right away.  What kid can wait 4 days to finish a project!

cinnamon glue ornament How to

Once dry feel free to paint them using puffy paint or glitter paint.  Or make it really easy on yourself and just personalize it with a Sharpie pen! (they have cool silver sharpies that would really look nice!)

Dove Cinnamon Ornament Recipe

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Be sure and check out your local dollar store for cheap cinnamon, OR grab some bulk at Costco or Amazon. 

cinnamon ornament gift tag idea
Gift tag added to my Apple/Pear butter

They make such great gifts to teachers,friends, relatives because the kids made them.  C'mon, nothing melts a grandparents heart like something hand made by their precious grandchildren!

Made by my daughter for grandma.

Here are a few more ideas using your ornaments:

1.) Use them on top of your presents as a gift tag, just write with a sharpie To: and From:
2.) String them through yarn and put them around the lid of your homemade gift can goods. 
3.) I have heard of people decorating a small tree using only these ornaments and when a guest leaves you give them one to take.
4.) Make a complete garland out of them.

angel ornament with cinnamon glue gift tag
Gift tag added to Apple Cider candle

It doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to make these. How about hearts for Valentines Day, or flowers for Mother's Day.

Once again - I hope I got your Creative Juices flowing! 

Feel free to check out my post on Craft Ideas for School Break!  Lots of fun :-)

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  1. YURM! Those look awesome, and I have no idea how you did some of those pictures so props for stumping me :) This looks like a fun idea that my kids would totally get into. We don't ever do crafts. I know, I know, I'm a terrible mother wah wah wah.

  2. NO WAY!!! How totally clever! And I bet they smell fantastic! So cool!

  3. SO awesome! And I love your photographs!! Thanks so much for linking this to the Christmas Challenge SFS! -shaunna :)

  4. I have such good memories of when I was young, making these cinnamon ornaments with my mom and sister. I think I might have to carry on this tradition with my kidos. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Im so excited:)

  5. I keep saying I am going to make these with my kids and then I never do. Thanks for the reminder :) Yours are the cutest I have seen. Thanks for linking them up today!

  6. Thank you so much for this post! My Grandma had these on her tree and it smelled fantastic! I had been wondering how to recreate these since she is no longer with us. You have no idea how special this is to me! Merry Christmas!

  7. How cute!!! And there's no way I could wait for 4 days...forget the kids. LOL

  8. will try these one day with the grand kids

  9. My Grandkids are coming in a couple of weeks.....we'll have fun making these for Christmas. Thanks!

  10. me and my sister do these every year with our kids, they love it.

  11. I haven't done these in 6 years. Mainly because i had my last batch for 5-6 years. I put them in plastic baggies and the cinnamon smell lasted a while. The last year that i had them i just threw them in a drawer and just recently they broke. But still smelled amazing. So glad i found this site. I just couldn't remember how to make them. BTW i don't know if i messed up but the "dough" was really sticky, just an idea for everyone else that this might happen to (I ran out of cinnamon...) but i just used some warm water to prevent it from getting too sticky on my hands and work space.

    1. I rolled mine out between saran wrap.

  12. Lovely! Can't wait to make these with my children. Could You tell me what can I use instead of applesauce? We don't have it here and I don't know how thick or juicy it is.
    Thanks :)

    1. Well let's you have apples where you can cook them and make your own sauce? I suppose if you have any fruit that you can turn into a medium thick sauce that would work. I'm at a loss!!! OK I just googled it and here is what someone said off yahoo..."You can slice and peel and apple, put in a covered dish, add just a little water, and microwave for a couple of minutes. Let it cool and blend for applesauce.
      You could use any ground fruit, fruit puree or vegetable that would have a similar texture. Pumpkin, sweet potato, pear sauce, purred peaches, banana, etc." Hope that helps!! Let us know if you make them and how they turn out :-)

  13. It's that time again. I've never made these but saw another recipe recently and then lost it. Glad I found yours! How long did yours last? I see this blog is from 4 years ago so I hope you still have them. I'm going to add some cloves and freshly ground nutmeg to mine. I might make a double batch to put some in every room/closet of the house, as well as on the tree.
    Thanks for this!

    1. I'm glad you found this post - they are so much fun to make. They will last forever as long as you store them so they don't break. You could always make them thicker than the ones I did - they bake longer but they would be sturdier. ENJOY!!!! (cloves and nutmeg would be fantastic!)

  14. Can you glue beads to these or will the cinnamon prevent that?

    1. I think you could glue beads to them....maybe just use hot glue instead of the more watery elmers glue :-)

  15. I wonder if you could dry them in a dehydrator to speed up the process?

  16. I made these with my grandson when he was 3 years old. Use them each year on my tree and they still smell good, just not as strong. Today my grandson turned 21. : )

  17. Caitlyn Pray12/23/15, 12:52 PM

    Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe!! I have scouted the web for a while, and only now did I come across your recipe that I remember!! It was such a blessing, thank you!! :)

    Also, just wanted to say that you did a STUNNING job on your blog! I have always looked at blogs like this and marveled, but it wasn't until this last fall I tried to create my very own and say how much more spectacular blogs like this really are! You did and AMAZING job on the design, pages, everything, and I just wanted to say, good job!! Keep up the astounding work!! :)

    God bless, and Merry Christmas!!!

    In Christ,
    Caitlyn Pray

    1. Hi Caitlyn! Merry Christmas to you too (: and I will say, it was a fantastic Christmas gift to get such a kind and encouraging comment. I will tell you, sometimes I feel my blog needs so much work! /-: but we are own worst critics and it's nice to hear that you think it's great "as is". Enjoy making the cinnamon ornaments and just know your comment really blessed me:-)

  18. how many cutouts does this receipe make

    1. Around 20, depending on the thickness (:


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