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Mistle toes and festive fingers

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Twenty five years later, my parents still have the cinnamon ornaments my sister and I made at school as kids.  They adorn the mantle every year at Christmas time, bringing the perfect waft of cinnamon-y deliciousness.  So, when I was thinking about some fun things my mommy friends and I could do at our weekly get together, it was the perfect time to make some for our mantle.

Crazy to think they’ll last 25 years…But, considering they contain three ingredients (all which you can buy at the grocery store) and only took a few hours to make, bake and decorate…it seemed incredibly cost-effective.  Oh, and fun!

According to Martha, here’s what you need per batch (I doubled the batch and made 6 1/2 ornaments the size of hamburgers):

  • 1 jar of applesauce (1/4 cup per batch…there will be PLENTY left over)
  • 2 big containers of cinnamon (1 cup per batch, just about used all of it)
  • 2 bottles of Elmer’s glue (1/2 cup per batch, used all of it)

Martha’s blog has more details, but in short, all you do is mix the cinnamon and applesauce together with a spatula, then add the glue.  Let it rest for one hour.  Roll out the dough on a cool surface with a rolling-pin, 1/4 at a time.  Make them anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.  Use cookie cutters or a circular shape to cut out your ornaments, then use a straw to poke a hole at the top for your string.  Cook at 200 degrees for 2 hours (or until dry).

Next, round up all of the fun craft items you have around the house.  I pulled out some paints, glitter, glitter glue, gold sharpies and paint pens.  I put a tiny dab of paint on a plastic plate, let baby W rub his hands around a bit, and then WHAM!  Right onto that cinnamon-y round of awesomeness.

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I highly recommend making these with friends or family.  Not just because the holidays are about spending time with those you love, but because trying to dip a toddler’s hand or foot in paint and successfully make contact with a small target (and ONLY that target) is challenging.  It helped to have a few moms playing with the babes while the others decorated, and then switch.

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We will definitely be making a few more batches and gifting to grandparents!  I know the hubby will be excited to decorate a few with his little guy 🙂

Yours truly,

MomME