3-Ingredient Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

by | Updated: October 13th, 2020 | Read time: 2 minutes

Need a last-minute gift or a fun and festive activity to do with the kids this season? Let’s get crafty! These cinnamon ornaments are made with just three simple ingredients, and they’re easily customizable with different-shaped cookie cutters, embellishments and creative hangers. As they dangle from the branches of your tree, they’ll fill the air with a sweet and spicy scent – along with tons of holiday cheer. So grab the kids (or not!), turn up the Christmas tune and get creative!

Festive Gingerbread-Shaped Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments Hanging From Red Ribbon Against Teal Blue Wooden Background | Vitacost.com/blog

Makes: (About) 20 ornaments


1-1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. craft glue

Other materials: 

Medium mixing bowl
Rolling pin
Plastic wrap
Baking sheet(s)
Glitter glue/paint
Thin ribbon


1. Preheat oven to 200° F.

2. In large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well combined. With hands, continue kneading until dough forms. (Note: If dough feels too dry, add more applesauce; if too wet, add more cinnamon.)

3. Divide dough into fourths. Working with one fourth at a time, place ball of dough between two pieces of plastic wrap. Roll dough to ¼” thickness.

4. Remove top layer of plastic wrap and use cookie cutters to shape ornaments. Use straw to poke hole at the top of each ornament. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. Arrange ornaments on baking sheet and bake for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. (Note: Ornaments may curl slightly, but baking will give you the quickest results. If you have a dehydrator, you can dehydrate ornaments on highest setting for 6 hours for similar results.)

6. Once completely cooled, decorate ornaments as desired. Thread ribbon through hole and tie bow.