If you’re looking for Christmas tree decorating ideas, here is a traditional ornament you can make that will adorn the tree and fill the house with a warm apple spice fragrance for the holidays.
Apple spice cookie ornaments are easy and inexpensive to make. All you will need is a jar of applesauce, a large container of powdered cinnamon, wax paper, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, a drinking straw, red ribbon, a scissor and a large flat tray.
This is a great family project – everyone can make ornaments in their favorite shapes. They can also be painted with craft paint if you want to make them really fancy. My favorite ornament to make is the gingerbread man – with just a few strokes of paint, he comes alive on the apple cinnamon cookie. An easy ornament for smaller children can be a star or heart shape – with white dots around the outside border of the cookie to dress them up.
Here are simple instructions to make your ornaments:
- Gradually mix one cup of cinnamon powder with heaping tablespoons of applesauce until you get a pliable consistency of cookie dough. If you happen to add too much applesauce, just sprinkle in more cinnamon powder until you can form the mixture into a ball.
- Roll the ball out on wax paper with your rolling pin until it’s about ¼” thick.
- Use your cookie cutters to stamp out the shapes for your ornaments.
- Use the drinking straw to punch out a hole at the top of each ornament (where you will later thread red ribbon to hang the ornament). Don’t put the hole too close to the top – about ¼” is sufficient.
- Carefully peel the shapes from the rolled out dough and place them on clean wax paper on a large, flat tray.
- Roll the left over dough again and again and continue to make cookies until you run out of dough.
- Set the ornaments aside to air dry for 1-2 days.
- Cut thin red ribbon into 6″ lengths, slip through the hole at the top of the ornament and knot the ribbon at the end to make a hanging loop.
- Optional: Paint your ornaments to make them as fancy as you like.
Make sure you don’t eat your little treasures – they are just for decoration. Hang them on your tree or anywhere else you want to spread a little Christmas cheer or apple spice fragrance. They also make beautiful hand-made gifts for family and friends.
With a little loving care, these ornaments can last for years. I have some that I made with my children over ten years ago and they still make us smile. They remember each one and the fun we had when we made them. I store mine in a zip lock plastic bag placed in a shirt box for added protection. Each year I put a little drop of cinnamon oil on the back of the ornaments to bring up the fragrance again.
Christmas decorating ideas are more fun when you share them with family and friends. So get out that rolling pin and your cookie cutters – it’s time to make gorgeous little treasures to decorate your tree or give as special holiday gifts to very special people.