This DIY spice ornament craft means holiday craft time is here! Warning: this post is full of gorgeous, holiday-fun pictures and lots of talk about tater tots.
DIY Spice Ornaments and Tater Tots
Do you know those moms who create absolutely everything for the holidays? I’m not one of them but I know some. They have the perfect cinnamon ornament recipes, salt dough ornament recipes, and even dried fruit ornament recipes!
But y’all, if I’m using my oven it’s likely to make baked goods. Or tater tots.
So here’s a recipe for a no-bake DIY spice or cinnamon ornaments. Happy holidays to us because now we can use our oven for this tater tots nachos recipe.
If you’re going to craft handmade holiday decorations, you might as well get a lot of use from them! Here are the ways we use our spice ornaments:
- individual Christmas tree ornaments
- string them all together on a seasonal garland
- thoughtful, DIY holiday gifts
- we put the glazed ones outside on the front door’s wreath (we used mini cookie cutters)
- as decorations (and tags) for presents
You’ll also be happy to note that these handmade cinnamon ornaments last year over year.
Ingredients and Supplies for DIY Handmade Ornaments
Hey, this might go without saying but don’t eat these. There’s glue in ’em, y’all.
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. ground allspice
- 2 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 Tbsp. white glue
- drinking straw (or large diameter treat stick)
- ribbon or twine
- cookie cutters
- rolling pin
- wax paper
- magnets (optional)
- glaze (optional)
How to Make Spice Ornaments for Garlands, Christmas Trees, and Decor
Mix cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, applesauce, and glue until well blended. The mixture will become stiff, but hey, it smells amazing!
Form the dough into a ball and place it on a sheet of wax paper. Let your little one roll out to a ¼” thick.
TIP: If the rolling pin sticks to the dough sprinkle it with cinnamon.
Using cookie cutters, cut dough out in desired shapes. We love leaves, acorns, and woodland animals for fall garlands. Our favorite Christmas spice ornaments are thicker shapes such as stars, bells, and trees.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with leftover dough until you have used up as much dough as you can. There will be some left over you can use to make accent beads.
For ornaments, use the straw to poke a hole at the top of your ornaments to thread the ribbon for hanging. If you’re making magnets, skip this step.
Place ornaments on a flat surface to air dry; a cookie cooling rack works. Let them dry for 48-72 hours, turning them over halfway through the drying period.
If you have a bee in your bonnet to dry your DIY spice ornaments a little faster, pop ’em in your (should be used for tater tots) oven at 200 degrees for about 2.5 hours.
Once they are dry, thread the ribbon or twine through the hole and tie in a knot. If you choose to make magnets, place a self-adhesive magnet to the back (or just get these inexpensive magnets and use the best glue out there).
Over to You!
Pop in a comment on how you’d use, gift, or decorate with these spice ornaments before you share ’em to your favorite holiday Pinterest board.