December 3, 2012

Cinnamon Gift Tags and Ornaments

Now that Christmas is just a few weeks away, I can officially start getting ready for the holiday! I spent the weekend tackling little projects that I've been looking forward to, including these Cinnamon Gift Tags and Ornaments. I'm sure you've seen these before - they're like cinnamon cookies that you don't eat, but they last forever and smell delicious!

1. Admittedly, I hadn't made these cinnamon ornaments/tags before, so after some Internet research I found a recipe that seemed ideal: cinnamon (of course), ground cloves, ground nutmeg, applesauce (really?!) and glue (I don't have white glue lying around, I I substituted with some modge podge). If you want the exact recipe, I've included it below!
2. According to the recipe, I measured all the ingredients and poured them into an old bowl. I was a little nervous that the project woudn't clean up well, so I used old utensils, etc.... but I was pleased to learn that everything cleaned up without an issue- what a relief!
3. After a bit of mixing (I found it was easier to just use my hands), the dough came together.
4. So I sprinkled some cinnamon on my counter top, and prepared to roll out the dough with a rolling pin.

Once the dough was an even thickness, I cut out my ornament and tags using a cookie cutter. I wanted some of my holiday gifts/decorations this year to represent my Swedish heritage, so I used a Dala Horse cookie cutter.

And in order to make the holes for my ornaments/tags, I used a plain, ol' drinking straw to punch holes in the dough.

In no time at all, I had cut all the dough and put it on cookie sheets lined with foil. Then I placed the pans in a warm oven for several hours to dry out.

Once they were dry (and my apartment smelled amazing), I couldn't wait to see how my tags/ornaments had turned out. 

I grabbed some ribbon to hang the ornaments...

And threaded some ribbon through the tags to decorate some holiday packages. 

This was a really fun and easy project that I hope will become an annual tradition! And since all of the ingredients were so inexpensive, I can certainly afford to make a few more batches... maybe even this year!

Non-Edible Cinnamon Ornament/Tag Recipe
-1 cup cinnamon
-1 tablespoon ground cloves
-1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
-3/4 cup applesauce
-2 tablespoons glue (or in my case, modge podge)

Non-Edible Cinnamon dough (see above for recipe)
Rolling pin
Cookie cutter
Cookie sheet
Oven (optional)


  1. These is certainly a christmas project I'll be trying soon! Love the smell of cinnamon and the dala shape is gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration! X. Maria

  2. Can you tell me approximately how many ornaments/tags this recipe will make? We would like to make some sets as gifts and wanted to make sure we had enough. Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. When I made them they made well over 20 or so.

  3. They are wonderful. Can you tell me what the temperature of the oven was and how many hours? Are they durable?

    1. You don't bake them, you dry them out in the oven, I put my oven on "WM" which was warm, but didn't bake them or you could turn your oven light on that should help dry them out. I'd suggest at least 1-2 hours for them to dry out completely and harden.

  4. This looks amazingly simple. Once the cookie cutters I ordered come in, this will be done.

  5. If you live in a warm climate they can be left in a warm spot in the house and they will dry out over a couple of days depending on thickness. They add a festive scent to the home.

  6. What a great idea, can't wait to make these!
    I don't have any applesauce right now, is there anything you would recommend I could use instead?

  7. I think I'll make these with the kids and add a little dark copper glitter...they will love these!

  8. Where did you get your ribbon from? It's such a gorgeous colour!

  9. How thin did you roll the dough?

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