For the past few years we decorated our Christmas tree with bows. They don’t break and the girls haven’t tried to pull them off…. Yet!
This year I decided to have the girls make their own ornaments to put on the tree.
Regular paper ornaments are fun, but my girls aren’t really old enough to cut out the shapes, and they like to do everything themselves. Then I remembered an ornament project I did in elementary school. Cinnamon Spice Dough Ornaments. The recipe is super easy, the ornaments smell like heaven, and the shapes are cut out using cookie cutters!
This was the clear winner because the girls are already cookie cutter masters due to their obsession with Play Dough.
Here is what you need to make the ornaments.
4oz Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 1/4 C Apple Sauce
1/3 C glue
3 Drops Young Living Holiday Spirit Essential Oil* (You could also use orange)
2 drops Young Living Spruce Essential Oil* (You could also use lemon)
- I used these two essential oils to help boost the fragrance. Feel free to omit them if you like. You can also use whatever fragrances you have on hand too. Just make sure they complement the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice scents.
Making the Dough
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them up.
Once everything is nice and mixed, grab handfuls of the dough and roll it out so it is about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and then put them on a cookie rack to dry.
Make sure you make a whole at the top of the shape to loop the string/ ribbon.
When the ornaments are finally dry (this may take a few days) the fun really begins.
It’s time to decorate!!!
We love glitter in our house, but I don’t like the mess it makes! My solution to this problem is glitter glue! I picked up a few packages at the dollar store for the girls to use.
Clearly we needed two packages because Emma likes use a lot of glitter!
These ornaments are a lot of fun for kids of all ages to make!
Emma decorated all of the ones in the back, and little Miss Lilly decorated the two Mickey Mouse shapes in the front! Not too shabby for a 1 year old!
It takes a bit of time for the glue to dry… especially when you pile it as high as Miss Emma did! LOL!! Once the glue dries grab some string or ribbon and loop it through the hole, pinch the tops of both ends and make a knot so you can hang them on your tree.