Meet our new craft columnist, Andrea Tomkins! Andrea is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel, and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.
I’m very excited to be blogging for canadianfamily.ca. I just want to state, for the record, that we try to be Zen about our crafty imperfections around here, and stay mindful that no matter the outcome, crafty time is great family time. Our crafts don’t always look picture perfect, but we do always have fun!
This particular craft has got all the right elements. Cinnamon ornaments are easy to make, give kids of all ages a chance to get their hands dirty, and as an added bonus will make your home smell fantastic.
What you’ll need:
• 2 cups ground cinnamon (The bulk store is perfect for this.)
• 1 teaspoon of ginger
• 2 cups, plus a few teaspoons of unsweetened applesauce
• Silver dragees or puff paint (optional)
• A rolling pin
• Cookie cutters
• Cookie sheet
• Waxed paper
• Drinking straw
• Pretty ribbon
1. Blend everything in a big bowl, adding spoonfuls of applesauce if the mixture seems too crumbly (see Step 1 photo). Don’t be shy about using your hands!
2. Roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper, cut out your shapes, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. (See Step 2 photo)
3. Poke holes in the top of each one with the straw. You can decorate your ornaments with silver dragees, but they will melt around the edges a little bit. (Puff paint works better, but don’t apply it until they’re totally dry.)
4. Leave them to dry for a few days or bake in a 150-degree oven for a few hours. I baked these ones, and then turned the oven off and left them overnight.
5. String the ribbon through the ornaments when they’re dry and hang them on your tree. (We haven’t done that part yet, but see! Pretty! And they smell great.)
Let us know if you try this out. We’d love to see your results!
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