Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments (Fun & Easy Holiday Craft for Kids!)

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy craft to do with the kiddos for the holidays, try these creative and frugal homemade ornaments using just applesauce and cinnamon for the dough. They turn out so cute and leave your home smelling like Christmas! 🙂

For this craft, you’ll need:

  • 2 – 3oz. containers of ground cinnamon (try the dollar store!)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • white puffy paint (I found mine at Walmart for just $0.99!)
  • 3 inch holiday cookie cutters
  • 1 drinking straw
  • ribbon or baker’s twine

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  • In a bowl, combine cinnamon and applesauce. Mix well into a dough using a spoon at first and then use your hands. Add more applesauce a teaspoon at a time if it’s too dry. Roll out dough until it’s about 1/3 inch thick. For easier cleanup, I rolled mixture out between two sheets of nonstick parchment paper – you could also use plastic wrap.
  • Cut out shapes and place on a baking sheet just like you would for cookies. Continue to roll out the dough to get as many cut-outs as possible. Use a drinking straw to make a hole near the top of each cut-out. Bake at 200 degrees for 2.5 hours (your home will smell amazing!).  If you prefer not to bake, you can opt to let them air dry for 2-3 days. After completely cool, embellish with white puffy paint and tie with ribbon or baker’s twine to hang on tree. Makes around 15 ornaments.

My kids and I had a blast crafting these this weekend and I love having handmade keepsake ornaments for our  Christmas tree! Thanks to Hip2Save reader Jennifer for sending us this recipe and idea!!


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Comments 57

  1. Lindsey

    Thank you! I can’t wait to try this with my kids this weekend!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome! Enjoy

  2. Laurie


  3. Meredith

    Where can one find a pre made dough, I wonder?

    • ash

      The dough is just apple sauce and cinnamon. Two things very simple to make and mix don’t waste money buying it.

  4. Jess

    Can this be kept for the following year or they have to be thrown out at the end of the season? I’m always unsure when it comes to consumable. Thanks!

    • Deb

      You can spray them with a clear coat from the craft store. Other ornament recipes use some Elmer’s glue in them and that makes them more durable, too.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Good idea! I will

    • ash

      Jess I would toss them they lose the smell which is the point of them. * tips don’t use flour when you roll the dough make sure you use extra cinnamon flour tends to mold over time.

      • Deb

        Actually, you can revive the smell by using a drop of cinnamon oil, if you choose to go that route.

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Oh smart!

      • Rae

        We received one as a gift in an ornament exchange eight years ago and it still smells like cinnamon.

    • Dayna

      I have an ornament similar to this one that I made as a child. I still have it and it looks and smells just as good as when I first created it… a little over 20 years ago! I think it was lightly spayed with a top coat.

    • Texas Gal

      I used a recipe with glue in it and I’ve used my ornaments (for looks not smell) for 3 years now and they still look as if I just made them 🙂

      • Melissa

        do you have that recipe?

    • Jess

      Thank you for all your tips!

    • Dee

      Mine kept in food storage containers for many years. They didn’t survive the golden retriever and cattle dog “tree undecorating” while we were out of the house for a few hours, though. 🙂

    • N.Steddum

      My mom and I did these and stored them in a cookie tin and we had them for years.

  5. Gisette

    Love this idea!

  6. April

    This would be cute as part of a decorative garland.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Ive seen that if you tie them all together! Cute

      • N.Steddum

        We dried apple slices and strung them on ribbon and cinnamon sticks. We used cloves for the buttons and eyes.

  7. Sarah

    I was talking to my husband about these the other day! I used to make these in elementary school!

  8. tiffany

    so……can you eat them?? lol

    • Kat

      I don see why not as both items are edible, but they might not taste that good.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ha i dont think it would taste so great!?

    • Dee

      My dogs ate them one year. Everything on the bottom third of the tree, anyway. They suffered no ill effects. Wouldn’t recommend it, though.

    • Brittany

      They will just taste like straight bitter cinnamon. Not sweet. I think the cinnamon is what keeps these so well preserved. That and some sort of light top coat.

  9. Lolita

    How cool are these?

    • Lolita

      I didn’t mean it as a question… 🙂 I love cinnamon scent, what a cute idea!

  10. Jennifer

    Lina, I love the different shapes you used! Your ornaments look so pretty! I love mine too and they are really durable after they dry. I gave some to my daughter’s teacher and she loved them!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks so much Jennifer, i love these too!

      • Maria

        where did you get those cut outs? They are awesome looking.. the wooden handles 🙂

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          HomeGoods for the snowflake and gingerbread boy & girl.

  11. Anna

    THANK YOU!! This is perfect. My 4 year old loves making Christmas cookies with me. The problem is that my husband and i end up eating most of them since she doesn’t ask for them and i don’t offer, which totally defeats me going to the gym. This will be a perfect substitute.

  12. Shawn Glover

    Can you use white frosting to “paint” this. Would these be safe to give to the wildlife after Christmas?

    • Deb

      I’ve seen people use royal icing, but I think Lina’s puffy paint idea is so much easier (assuming you don’t have concerns about children/pets eating them).

  13. Christy

    We made these when I was a nanny! so easy and cute! be careful dogs like them…had to put them high on the tree after the Lab knocked it over trying to eat them.

  14. Sherri

    Walgreens has their spices with the in ad coupon for $0.79 this week. Cinnamon is included in that sale, so that would make some cheap cinnamon for this project.

    • Nicole

      Geat!!! Thanks Sherri

  15. Nicole

    Thank you for this recipe!!! My son and I are making these with our friends this weekend. Great craft and inexpensive.

  16. Anna

    Just made them with my daughter, loved them. What a great project!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yay! I’m glad! 🙂

  17. Cherl

    I made these in the past with my son’s Cub Scout den. He’s 32, so you know it’s been awhile. Thanks for reminding me about. My husband and I made a batch tonight. I’ll have to try it again with my grandson in a couple of weeks.

    • Lina D

      Yay I’m so glad!

  18. Kathleen Flynn

    I used to make these with my first graders. If you warm the applesauce first, the dough comes together more easily !

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great tip!! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  19. Marea

    Made these today omg they are so nice and easy! The smell is incredible!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay -thanks for coming back to share!

  20. Leah

    We decorate ginger bread houses as a family every year. Because kids grow up and have kids our houses have turned into a village. Every year my husband and I buy all the houses and the past year it got pretty expensive. I bought 9 houses. I used to buy them at the end of the season and save them for next year, but I think people are starting to catch on to that. They are harder to find. This year I bought a gingerbread house cutout kit. I have b been trying to decide what to make the gingerbread out of but thanks to this post I now know what to use.

    A gingerbread decorator tip. I will frost up cookies the night before to eat while making the ginger bread houses. We seldom use edible candy to decorate the houses and most accessories are applied with hot glue/or glue. We use unused items in our respective house’s. A sliced almond roof is incredible. One year my cousin made hers a fabric deco house. My nephew found out that chocolate melts, but he made it work with a melted house one year. At the end of the night we vote for most unique, best of show and Christmas spirit.

    Thank you for these incredible DIY posts!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I LOVE your tips!!! Your rock and thanks so much for stopping by today! <3

  21. Emily

    Tried making this. Ended up with a big mess. It doesn’t say to butter the baking sheet but trust me you better butter the baking sheet or they don’t come off.

    • Joanne Keith

      Use wax paper if drying these. If using an oven, use parchment paper or aluminum foil. the butter or oil will cause them to spoil. People were talking about eating these, not a good idea as the large of cinnamon will not taste good plus they are as hard as rocks.

  22. Stefanie

    I wonder if you could write on/decorate these with a white paint marker or metallic Sharpie?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya maybe! It’s fun to have the 3D frosting looking effect though. It’s all just up to you.

  23. Brittany

    I wonder how this would do with ground ginger, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice. You would then have a variety of choices for scents. 🤔

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh ya great idea! Those all smell great!

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