This project is a tradition in my family. My mom used to make cinnamon ornaments when I was a kid, and now I make them with the kiddos. It is easy, inexpensive (especially if you use cinnamon from the dollar store), and fun. Sounds like a win in my book!
I used this recipe to make them, but the other recipe I have used does a half cup of cinnamon and a half cup of applesauce. You mix the two ingredients together until the cinnamon is fully incorporated and you have a good workable dough. If it is too soft, add more cinnamon.
Then just roll it out (using cinnamon to dust instead of flour so they don’t turn white) and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
You can make beads, too. Just roll out little balls and poke a hole all the way through.
If you want to be able to hang them, whether it be for ornaments, garlands, or package decorations, make sure you poke a hole in the top of your shape BEFORE you bake them. Put on a cookie sheet in a preheated 200 degree F oven and bake for roughly 2.5 hours until they are thoroughly dry and hard.
Might as well throw some orange slices in, too! Same temperature, bake for 2 hours, then flip them over and bake for another half hour (or more) until dry. You can use them in Christmas potpourri or as ornaments or garlands.
Let cool, then use! You can also decorate them with paint or glitter.
Note: your house smells like a cinnamon factory exploded while doing this project.