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Homemade ornaments

We are seriously thinking about doing something different this year with our Christmas Tree ornaments. We are considering doing a completely homemade tree (except for the lights). Some of our ideas for homemade ornaments are:
1) popcorn/cranberry strings
2) gingerbread, cinnamon, and salt dough ornaments
3) dried slices of oranges, lemons, and limes (sliced to make round ornaments)
4) maybe snowflakes or folded paper Christmas stars

We may do some of the dough ornaments in the shapes of the symbols of Christmas.

My questions are:
1) Does anyone know how far in advance we could make the gingerbread and cinnamon ornaments, as well as the dried fruit?
2) Any other ideas for homemade ornaments?

I know it would take a bit of time, but I think it would also be fun to do as a family. And I'm sure it will smell yummy! (:

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The cinnamon ornaments you can make well in advance but they will lose there sent after a while. I have never done gingerbread so I am not sure about them. If you dry the fruit thorughly you should be able to make them now if you wanted and just store them in a ziploc bag. You could also decorate pinecones and use them as ornaments. I also saw ornaments that were made out of puzzle pieces that were glued together in the shape of a wreath and then painted. They had red hots glued on them for decorations but you could use anything. I love the idea of using all homemade ornaments and I think that it would make the tree really beautiful.
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Dried apples make a great addition to a homemade tree.....
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Does anyone have any recipes that they have tried that worked really well? I had made the salt, and cinnamon ornaments before with my kids, and they did not turn out well, so we ended up tossing them .
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Hi...I have used this one for years, wonderful results....They smell so yummy.....
  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  1. Preheat oven to 150°.
  2. In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg.
  3. Add applesauce, stir to combine.
  4. Work the dough with your hands for 3 or 4 minutes until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  5. If the dough is a little crumbly, add a tablespoon of applesause at a time to it until it is smooth and a bit sticky.
  6. Roll out dough to 1/3 inch thickness. It will be sticky, so be careful with it. You can use cinnamon like flour on your pin and rolling surface to stop it from sticking.
  7. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Simple shapes like hearts, bells, trees and gingermen are easier to work with than cutters with complicated shapes.
  8. Using straw make small hole in top of ornament.
  9. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 150 degrees for 2 1/2 hours
  10. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  11. Loop a ribbon through the top.
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I like this one and it sounds easy also.
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I'll have to try this one. We used a glue and cinnamon recipe once. They turned out all right.

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Hi...I have used this one for years, wonderful results....They smell so yummy.....

  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  1. Preheat oven to 150°.
  2. In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg.
  3. Add applesauce, stir to combine.
  4. Work the dough with your hands for 3 or 4 minutes until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  5. If the dough is a little crumbly, add a tablespoon of applesause at a time to it until it is smooth and a bit sticky.
  6. Roll out dough to 1/3 inch thickness. It will be sticky, so be careful with it. You can use cinnamon like flour on your pin and rolling surface to stop it from sticking.
  7. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Simple shapes like hearts, bells, trees and gingermen are easier to work with than cutters with complicated shapes.
  8. Using straw make small hole in top of ornament.
  9. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 150 degrees for 2 1/2 hours
  10. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  11. Loop a ribbon through the top.
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