Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments Are a Cute Primitive Christmas Craft!

I really love making primitive Christmas ornaments and this quick tutorial to make cinnamon stick Santa ornaments is a rustic and fun craft!

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These easy cinnamon stick Santa ornaments are the easiest rustic Christmas ornament!

Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a little bit of a primitive theme in the farmhouse decor in the house. Particularly when it comes to winter and the holidays. So, making a few primitive ornaments? Definitely something on my holiday crafting list.


I made this fun set of cinnamon stick Santa ornaments as a fun way to bring a little primitive Christmas charm to our farmhouse Christmas tree. If you’re ready to make a fun rustic ornament, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Santa Ornaments from Cinnamon Sticks

  • I found it really hard to find these super-long cinnamon sticks I wanted. To save you a ton of heartache searching for them, click here to get the 12-inch long cinnamon sticks for your Santa.
  • If you want your colors (the red and the face color) to be more vibrant, I would recommend adding a coat of primer (white paint) on those areas. The cinnamon really dulls down the color after it dries. I didn’t mind it, but if you’d like brighter red, white base coat.
  • No eyelash yarn for the trim? No problem – you can use a white chenille wire or some faux fur. Even some polyfill stuffing would work.
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How Do I Make this Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornament

Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments

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These easy cinnamon stick Santa ornaments are a fun and rustic Christmas ornament that are so easy to make, you're going to want 10 of them!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Cinnamon Sticks – 10” to 12” long
  • Wooden Plugs – 1/4-inch or Smaller
  • Eyelash Yarn for Trim
  • Chenille Stem – Red
  • Acrylic Craft Paint – Red, Light Peach, Pink


  • Paintbrush and Stencil Brush
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black Permanent Marker – Fine Tip
  • White Pen – Fine Tip
  • Tape – Painter’s or Masking


  1. Paint the top 1/3 of the cinnamon stick using the red paint. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely, adding a second coat if desired.
  2. Paint an approximately two-inch area below the red area with the peach paint. Paint the plug the same peach color. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely, adding a second coat if desired.
  3. Using the pink paint, add two rosy cheeks spots on either side of Santa’s face. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  4. Hot glue the wooden plug nose to the center of Santa’s face.
  5. With the black marker, draw on two ovals for eyes on either side and above the nose and two lines above the ovals for eyebrows.  Add a highlight dot to each eye with the white pen. 
  6. Hot glue the eyelash yarn trim around the cinnamon stick at the bottom of the red section.  Cut three approximately 5-inch lengths of yarn and glue them under the nose to be the mustache and beard. 
  7. Cut the red chenille stem in half.  Roll the stem into a swirl shape, leaving about a one-inch section straight.  Hot glue the straight section into the top of the cinnamon stick and hang from the tree! photo collage tutorial of how to make cinnamon stick santa ornament


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