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DIY Spice Ornament Craft for Fall and Christmas Decorating

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.

This no bake cinnamon DIY spice ornament recipe will wow the kids and have your house smelling amazing from fall through the holiday season

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.

Mmmm, tots.

So here’s a recipe for a no-bake DIY spice or cinnamon ornaments. 

Decorate ALL.THE.THINGS!

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.

Related: Free Holiday Christmas Fonts for Crafts and Cutting

supplies for cinnamon salt dough ornaments for kids

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!

Mix together the spices and glue to create cinnamon dough

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.

Roll cinnamon dough into a ball and use a rolling pin to flatten

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 the leftover dough until you have used up as much dough as you can. There will be some leftover you can use to make accent beads.

cut shapes in the cinnamon ornament dough for holiday decor

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).

Let the clay ornaments dry on the counter or in the oven

Yield: 10-20 ornaments

DIY Spice Ornament Craft for Fall and Christmas Decorating

Handmade DIY spice ornaments featuring a wonderful cinnamon, no bake recipe

This DIY spice ornament craft means holiday craft time is here!

Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • cookie cutters
  • rolling pin
  • wax paper
  • magnets (optional)
  • glaze (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, applesauce, and glue until well blended. The mixture will become stiff.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).

Did you make this?

Please leave a comment or share a photo and tag me @rufflesandrain

More Dough Recipes for CHristmas Ornaments

If you want to explore the world of DIY Christmas ornaments with kids, be sure to pop over to my favorite recipe from Rainy Day Mum. It is by far the best salt dough recipe I’ve tried and comes out perfectly every time for us. She also shares so many different ways to scent, color, and craft with salt dough.

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.

This no bake cinnamon DIY spice ornament recipe will wow the kids and have your house smelling amazing from fall through the holiday season

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Sheena burgess

Sunday 6th of December 2020

My consistency is so wet. I followed recipe to a T. Where did I go wrong?

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

It might be the applesauce you used? That's the only thing I can think where it would go wrong. You could try reducing it to 3/4 cup or increase the amount of cinnamon to 1.5 cups.

We just made these again for a few mail-away package tags and I used the oven method for these because we had to get them to the post office.

But no, the mixture shouldn't be too wet.

Abby

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Love these! Have you tried decorating any of them? Glitter glue, sequins, etc?

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 30th of November 2020

My daughter used puffy paint (the bottle kind with the thin, built-in tip) and they worked well. We stored them and found that it lasted for this year's tree, so I know they at least stay on that long. :)

Vicky

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Is it possible to use only other ground spices instead of cinnamon at all? I’ve discovered a quantity of expired spices... in my pantry! 😁 TNX

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Saturday 20th of June 2020

You know, nutmeg would be a great one. I am not sure if you have that in your expired supply, but rosemary would be good, too. For that one, however, you'd have to grind it into a powder.

Nikki

Tuesday 11th of December 2018

Looking forward to making these! Just wondering about how many one batch will make if you use a 3 to 4 in cookie cutter. Thank you

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

Nikki, I would say that this single batch would only make 4 or 5 of that size, depending on the shape. You can whip up a double batch, though. We used the excess scraps to make beads for our little ornaments because it doesn't keep rolling out well time-after-time. Hope that helps!

Ms Sam Nicholson

Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Thank you so much for this recipe!! Late night internet worked!! Been trying to find this, my last heart for my tree broke and I love the smell of these!!!

Bestemør Ronda

Friday 13th of December 2019

This was so fun for my grand babies ! I I found that the goal is to make the dough about the same consistency or a bit dryer than play dough, then roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper, at very least 1/4 in thick , this is where buying cinnamon in bulk pays off.. I didn’t have any allspice on hand however pumpkin pie spice worked nicely. Thanks!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Wednesday 13th of December 2017

The smell is amazing, isn't it? I'm so glad you were able to make some new spice ornaments!

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