2 Ingredient Cinnamon Tree Ornaments

A gingerbread man Cinnamon ornament hanging on a garland

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A super fun, easy, kid-friendly holiday craft! These ornaments will smell cinnamony for years to come, and they’re always so fun to decorate!


  • two 2.37-ounce containers of generic cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, plus more as needed
  • your favorite cookie cutters, biscuit cutters
  • any kind of decorations like ribbon, hot glue, ornament hangers, puffy paint, glitter glue, etc.


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add your cinnamon and applesauce into a large bowl. Mix well with your hands until a dough forms that can be squished into a ball. If it’s too dry, add an additional tablespoon of applesauce at a time, mixing between each addition, until the right texture is achieved.
  3. Lay a piece of parchment paper onto your working surface and place your dough ball on top. Roll with a rolling pin until 1/4-inch thick.
  4. Using your cutter of choice, punch out shapes, and transfer the ornaments to your prepared baking sheet. Feel free to re-roll the dough scraps as many times as you can! If your edges are a bit craggily, use your finger to carefully smooth them out or wait until they’re baked and dried to carefully sand the edges to make them more smooth.
  5. Optionally punch a hole into each ornament where your hanger will go. Alternatively, don’t and just hot-glue a ribbon or hanger to the back once they’re baked and dried.
  6. Bake for 2 hours, or until dried through.
  7. Immediately and carefully transfer your baked ornaments to a cooling rack and cool for at least 24 hours, or until completely dry.
  8. Decorate as desired, and hang on your tree, garland, or wreathes!
  9. Store in an air-tight container with your other ornaments. I like to wrap each in a paper towel so that they don’t break!
  10. It should go without saying but don’t eat these ornaments. They’re for decorating, not for eating.


Recipe from McCormick.

Keywords: homemade ornaments, cheap christmas decorations

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