ok, I kinda got this idea from “the great Martha”. In her directions though, she makes her ornaments into birds, and I realize you could make them any shape you want, but for me, it made more sense to make them into gingerbread people. I mean, the dough is BROWN! How does that not scream GINGERBREAD? 😀 To each their own, I guess.
1 medium bowl
1 cup ground cinnamon (note: to get a large amount of cinnamon, I bought in the bulk section at Winco for just under a dollar)
1/4 cup applesauce
Craft glue (one full bottle of elmers should work)
Craft Paint, Glitter, Beads, etc.
Length of thin ribbon for each ornament or wire hooks
First thing you are going to want to do is mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup applesauce using a rubber spatula.
Next, stir in 1/2 cup craft glue. Stir the dough until consistency is smooth and dry. Let stand 1 hour.
One thing I should mention here when stirring, unless you LOVE cinnamon, cover your nose and mouth and stir carefully. Cinnamon is very fine and will easily get stirred up into the air and up your nose.
After an hour, I suggest working with small portions of dough, like, a 1/4 piece at a time. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. If your dough should stick to the rolling-pin or the counter top, sprinkle a little cinnamon over it like you would with flour and cookie dough. If the dough is too dry, spritz with some water.
After cutting out figures with cutters, I used the flat end of a wood skewer to make a hole to hang ornament from.
Arrange them onto a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or non stick mat and put into oven for 2 hours at 200 degrees. flip once.
When they are all done, the last step is pretty much free creative rein. decorate however you wish. paint, glue, glitter, etc. I painted mine like gingerbread men and women, but do what you feel. 🙂 With them being 90% cinnamon, they should smell pretty nice. However, mine in the end didn’t have much smell to them at all. I wonder if its due to the quality of cinnamon purchased?