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life span of homemade ornaments

Does anyone know how long *old fashioned* homemade ornaments last? How long will gingerbread ornaments stay good? And, do you use a specific recipe for gingerbread ornaments verses what you would use if you were just making gingerbread cookies? Also, how far in advance can you string popcorn/cranberries? I've never done that before but we are thinking we want to do a completely homemade ornament tree this year. We wanted to do it last year and just didn't have the time. I'm worried about the time again this year but it's something we really want to do. Any other kinds of ornaments we should consider making?
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Does anyone know how long *old fashioned* homemade ornaments last? How long will gingerbread ornaments stay good? And, do you use a specific recipe for gingerbread ornaments verses what you would use if you were just making gingerbread cookies? Also, how far in advance can you string popcorn/cranberries? I've never done that before but we are thinking we want to do a completely homemade ornament tree this year. We wanted to do it last year and just didn't have the time. I'm worried about the time again this year but it's something we really want to do. Any other kinds of ornaments we should consider making?
I am not sure about the gingerbread ornaments but it's best to do the popcorn and cranberries sometime during the week of Christmas. We have done them a few times in the past and then after Christmas we would hang them outside for the birds.

You can make snowflake ornaments out of popsicle sticks or use the little pipe cleaners. There are alot of inexpensive ornament kits at crafts store.
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There's a "recipe" for ornaments that look like gingerbread, but are non-edible and longer-lasting (they don't spoil and can be used for years). It's a dough made of applesauce, cinnamon, and white glue. You can Google the ingredients and find several versions of the recipe.

Good old paper or tinfoil snowflakes might be an idea. If someone is ambitious enough to crochet some snowflakes out of crochet thread, those last forever.

I also remember seeing ornaments from the olden days that were printed figures cut out of cardboard, then decorated with sequins, scraps of cotton and fabric, and other trimmings. You could cut figures out of old Christmas cards and add glitter and sequins and such---kids would probably enjoy that.
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4 cups cinnamon ....3 cups applesauce ....1/2 cup white school glue (Elmer's works very well) I cut out with a Gingerbread Man cookie cutter, have used the same ones for over 20 years....They last forever, if you keep them in a container from year to year...
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