Christmas Crafts for Small Kids: Cinnamon Ornaments

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Our son, now over thirty years old, gave us this darling Christmas ornament he had made with his Kindergarten teacher. She explained the recipe to me years ago; a simple blend of glue, cinnamon, and water. At the time, I didn’t realize this ornament would become such a keepsake, lasting for years. (Yes, the cute cinnamon bear in the photo was made over twenty-five years ago!)

There are other popular ornament recipes out there. Many of them include applesauce in the ingredients. I can’t vouch for how long such ornaments will last, but I know this recipe will for sure. The gift from my son wasn’t painted with acrylic, but it still kept well. This is a sweet craft idea that can hold memories for years to come.

Holiday Cookie Craft for KidsINGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. white glue
  • 3/4 to 1 c. water


1. Stir the cinnamon, glue, and water together, mixing into a thick dough.

2. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, on cinnamon-dusted work surface.

3. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Make holes for hanging the ornaments, using a straw.

4. Lay the ornaments on wax paper to dry, turning once or twice a day. Let dry for several days at room temperature. (To speed process, one might leave them on a rack in a very low-heat oven.)

5. Paint with an acrylic coating, if desired

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