No Bake Cinnamon Ornaments

Dear Pintrest,

Why do you taunt me with your ‘easy to make’ attitude? You give me hope that I can whip up cute crafts for my kids on a snowy afternoon, or prepare five star meals with 3 ingredients. This false sense of hope has left me with more Pintrest fails than I care to share with the world.

My latest Pintrest fail has been trying to find a cinnamon ornament recipe. Most of the recipes I have found require applesauce. Perfect, I have kids, they eat applesauce, therefore I will make applesauce ornaments with my kids right? WRONG. For some reason the measurements in most of the recipes didn’t work, leaving me with dough that was constantly cracking, and poor Brin without an afternoon snack.

Next up I tried a recipe that called for applesauce and glue. This left me with dough that smelled so delcious that Avery wanted to start licking/eating it. Ummmm yea…toddlers right? Please tell me yours do this to, or is mine going to be the one in class sitting in the corner eating glue? Anyways, this caused a panic for me to find a recipe that was safe to lick…yea don’t worry, I understand how crazy that statement is.

I finally created a recipe that was basically a salt dough and then added cinnamon. What I like about this recipe is that it made for a great texture of dough, is lick friendly, and it actually worked.

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Aves hard at work while her sister watches over…and eats cheerios.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Cookie cutters
  • Straw

Directions:

1.Mix together your dry ingredients then slowly add your water. I did this in a bowl, then once everything started to stick together I dumped out the bowl and kneaded the mixture until it was a smooth consistency.

2. Roll your dough out on a flat surface then use your cookie cutters to create trees, stars, or inappropriate snowmen. Use your straw to poke a hole in the top of the ornament so that you can string your ribbon through.

3. Lay them out somewhere to dry. Mine took about 2 days until they were completely dry. I suggest putting them on cookie sheets so they will be easy to move if needed.

This is such a great project to do with toddlers because they love picking out their own shapes and creating their own ornaments. Plus after they dry you can have a painting party to add some colour to your ornaments.

If your looking for more toddler crafts, be sure to check out Sensory Projects For Your Toddler and DIY Pirate Treasure

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