This holiday season, I made a pact with myself to do more wholesome things with my kids rather than commercial things. Yes, I still do Elf on the Shelf, we put up a tree and lights, and we still give and recieve gifts.
I just made a resolve to spend more quality time and do less running around to random holiday themed “things”
I remember making the baked cinnamon ornament crafts in elementary school to take home for my tree, and I wanted to do the same with my kiddos!
I went to Pinterest to see what I could find, and stumbled across a GREAT no-bake cinnamon ornament craft recipe!
No bake=my best friend 😉
And it seemed SUPER simple, so we gave it a shot. And rather than just post the original recipe, I needed to blog it b/c there were a few tricks that were NOT included in the original post that I came across. So I hope to help you all avoid the issues that we had 🙂
The trick to this no-bake cinnamon ornament craft is…
It was NOT listed in the recipe, but have mercy…it would have been nice if they had told me to oil my baking sheet before rolling out the dough! LOL
We rolled it out so nice and perfect, cut out our shapes, and then…dun dun duhhhhh…we couldn’t move them! Every centimeter of dough was stuck to the sheet. :/ Boo!
So we started over again AFTER lightly spraying the sheet with cooking oil. MUCH BETTER!
Granted, the dough got a little glossy, rather than matte. But I don’t believe that that messed up the ornaments.
Next tip for the no-bake cinnamon ornament craft that you need to know?
It says to let them sit for 24 hours to dry out..
Yeah..no. It has been 3 days and mine are still slightly soft in the center. So much so that I don’t think they’d last long HANGING on the tree. So…alas, I had to bake them. I know, I know…*facepalm*. 😛
I let them sit on one side in a 200 degree oven for about an hour, then flipped them and did the same on the other side. They are much more firm now.
*BONUS* Your house will smell amazingly cinnamon-y while they bake! That might be a redeeming factor…right?
We’re going to hang them today and see what happens! 😉 Whether they stay long or not…it was still a sweet little craft that gave us some quality time together…and really..that’s what this holiday season is about. Spend as much time with those you love, and enjoy the spirit of Christmas. <3
No Bake Cinnamon Ornaments (Edited)
~ 1 cup of flour
~ 1/2 cup of salt
~ 1/2 cup of cinnamon
~ 3/4 cup of very warm water
Mix and roll out on an oiled surface. Leave to dry for 24 hours (dont forget to poke a hole in the top!) THEN bake on each side for about 1 hour at 200 degrees.
To see what I do that allows me to stay at home and create with my kiddos on a Tuesday afternoon as a single mama, click here 😉