Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

This dough dries to a hard clay-like finish, and holds the delicious fragrance of cinnamon.  You can also tie the ornaments onto wrapped gifts with ribbon.  Save this recipe!  Sculpting with it makes a great rainy day activity for kids of all ages.

What you will need:

1-cup ground cinnamon

2 cups flour

2 cups water

rolling pin


holiday cookie cutters

red ribbon


Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Remove from heat, and stir in the cinnamon. The mixture will be shiny and stringy.  Add the flour to the cinnamon mixture 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.  You may have to knead the last half-cup of flour into the dough after it has cooled slightly.  When finished, the texture should be similar to pliable cookie dough.

Cinnamon Dough ornaments

To make the ornaments, liberally sprinkle cinnamon on a tabletop or counter, and place the dough on it.  Sprinkle more cinnamon on top of the dough if it is too sticky and roll it out to approximately 1/4″ thick (if it is rolled thinner than 1/4” the ornaments may curl when dry).

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Use the cookie cutters to press out the ornament shapes.  Next, make a small hole near the top with a pencil point to slip the ribbon through for hanging.

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Place the ornaments on a cookie sheet and dry in a warm spot for one or two days (drying time will depend on the humidity of your home).  Turn the ornaments over after 12 hours to allow drying on both sides.  When dry, thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and hang these fragrant beauties!

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  1. Lauren Jackson says:

    Thanks for the great memory! I made this with Trevor when he was three from your book. We decorated them with red, white and green colored sand and he loved having his own gifts to give the whole family for Christmas.

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