Ready to get in the Christmas spirit and your house smelling good? There’s something about homemade spice ornaments that always does the trick for me.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been making them since I was a child or perhaps it’s because it’s an easy way to make holiday memories with my children. No matter the reason, it’s something I look forward to each year.
Homemade spice ornaments are simple to make and children love helping make them. There’s nothing like looking at a Christmas tree and seeing your own handiwork on it. Alternately, you could also make these into fun, holiday magnets.
Homemade Spice Ornaments
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. ground allspice
- 2 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 Tbsp. white glue
- drinking straw
- ribbon or twine
- cookie cutters
- rolling pin
- wax paper
- magnets (optional)
Combine cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, applesauce, and glue until well blended. The mixture will become stiff.
Form dough into a ball and place on a sheet of wax paper. Roll out to a ¼” thick. Sprinkle rolling pin with cinnamon if needed to prevent sticking.
Using cookie cutters, cut dough out in desired shapes.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with left over dough until you have used up as much dough as you can.
For ornaments, use the straw to poke a hole at the top of your ornaments to thread the ribbon for hanging. If you would like to make magnets, skip this step.
Place ornaments on a flat surface to air dry; a cookie cooling rack works nicely. Let them dry for 48-72 hours, turning them over half way through the drying period.
Once they are dry, thread the ribbon or twine through the hole and tie in a knot. If you choose to make magnets, place a self-adhesive magnet to the back (additional glue is recommended to reinforce adhesion).
Hang the ornaments on your Christmas tree or give them as a gift!
You can find more fun family Christmas activities here!