This is a Martha Stewart craft that I saw on Pinterest, and I knew in that instant that I wanted to do it with my charges.  This craft is worth doing just for the smell; it will fill your house with Christmas scents that will, according to Martha, last and last.

As this craft takes a while to do, it is worth thinking of it as 3 separate activities; making the dough, cutting the shapes and leaving them to dry, and finally decorating them.  I did this with my youngest charge as we were waiting for my eldest charge to break up from school, then we all decorated them the next day after a busy morning out.

To make your own cinnamon decorations you will need:

  • 1 cup of ground cinnamon (that is roughly 3 33g packets)
  • Extra cinnamon for dusting
  • ¼ cup of applesauce
  • ½ cup of PVA glue
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Rubber spatula
  • Cookie cutters
  • Glue for decoration
  • Glitter
  • String
  • Straw/ toothpick

1. Mix the applesauce into the cinnamon using a rubber spatula.

2. Add the glue and mix it until you get a dough; it should be quite a dry.  Leave it for an hour.

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3. Roll out the dough; if the mix is too sticky then dust the dough, work surface and rolling pin in some more cinnamont.  I found this a really sticky dough so I completely covered the top surface with cinnamon so it would not stick to the rolling pin.

4. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your shapes and put them onto a baking sheet.

5. Using a toothpick or straw make a hole at the top for the string to go through once it is dry.

6. Either leave the decorations to air dry for 24 hours (turning them over every few hours), or place them in the oven at 100C for a couple of hours.

7. Once they are dry use glue to add patterns then sprinkle glitter over them.

8. When the glitter has dried add your string/ribbon and hang them up.

When my youngest charge had finished cutting out the shapes she used the left over dough to make her own snowman.  It was really lovely to listen to her  explain and describe what she was doing, and as I said these decorations will give of the most delicious smell.  I did have to keep warning my charges that they couldn’t eat them as they have glue in them!

This craft may help with the development of:

  • Measuring out different units accurately.
  • Creativity

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