Christmas will be here before you know it. Are you still trying to find a great little gift? Or does your tree need a little sprucing up this year?
Making holiday ornaments is a great family activity with a rewarding return.
A handmade ornament is a gift that is cherished year after year.
Ornaments don't have to break the bank. Cinnamon dough ornaments are a good example. For less than $5 in supplies, you can make about two dozen ornaments. They look cute and smell great, and kids of all ages can help.
Cinnamon Scented Ornaments
1 cup applesauce (not chunky)
1½ cup ground cinnamon
1/3 cup white glue (like Elmers school glue)
In a mixing bowl, stir together applesauce, cinnamon and glue. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap in plastic, and chill for about 30 minutes until the dough stiffens.
Sprinkle more cinnamon on a piece of waxed paper, and put the dough on it. Flatten it with your hand, sprinkle more cinnamon on top, and place a second piece of waxed paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to ¼-inch thickness.
Cut out decorative shapes with assorted cookie cutters, then use a plastic drinking straw to make a hole through the top center of each cutout.
Place on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for about two hours. Flip the ornaments halfway through the baking process. When you pull them out of the oven, they may be a little curled. Flip them back over, and they should flatten as they cool.
String with ribbon.
Makes about 20 ornaments.
Note: You may need to add a little more applesauce to get the dough the right consistency.
Candy Cane Ornament
12-inch white pipe cleaner
18 white tri-beads
16 red tri-beads
Wire cutters or scissors
Cut the pipe cleaner in half.
Put on one white bead, then bend the end of the pipe cleaner around the bead.
Feed the next white bead onto the pipe cleaner all the way down to cover the sharp end.
Feed the rest of the beads, starting with two red beads, followed by two white beads, alternating until all the beads are used.
After the last white bead is added, bend the pipe cleaner around the bead.
Feed the stem back through the second white bead to cover the sharp end.