Trimming the Tree

Hey guys! Sorry for failing you on the link yesterday :( I updated the post with the correct link, but in case you didn’t see it, here it is.

I have a mental Christmas bucket list of things I want to do with Jack this season. It just occurred to me that Christmas is just over a week away, and there are still so many things to cross off!! Time goes too fast. Anyway, I really wanted to do some sort of Christmas craft project with him this year.

Well. Remember last Wednesday night how I made that fresh cranberry salsa for Jack’s Christmas party the next day? I failed to mention how my sweet friend Erin texted me Thursday morning to say, “You know the party was yesterday, right?” I MISSED THE PARTY. I’m a huge idiot. So then we were left with a cute gift exchange present (stocking stuffer!), a big bowl of cranberry salsa and nowhere to go.

The point of this story is that the playgroup made an adorable Christmas craft at the party and I kept hearing about how awesome it was: Applesauce-Cinnamon Ornaments. Did anyone else make these as kids? I remember ornaments like this hanging on our tree, but I have no idea when we made them and definitely didn’t know that they consisted of applesauce and cinnamon.

So, Jack and I crafted our own batch.

Just mix equal parts cinnamon and applesauce. I used 2 cups of each. Dollar Tree had jars of cinnamon (equaling a cup each) for $1, and 4 packs of applesauce for $1, too. So this whole project cost a grand total of $3.

Older kids might be able to stir themselves, but it’s pretty messy until the cinnamon is incorporated.

Then you roll out the cinnamon-applesauce “dough.” Jack manned the rolling pin.

We actually used a combination of rolling and then patting down with our hands. The dough was sticking to the rolling pin a little.

This is just a gratuitous Jack shot, because I think he is gorgeous and I love looking at pictures of him… those eyelashes… it’s not fair. (Sorry, was that obnoxious?) This is also for those of you who expressed concern that the curls were gone. I assure you, they are not.

Next you cut out your shapes with cookie cutters… trees, gingerbread men, candy canes and stars:

And then (carefully! we had a few casualties) transfer the shapes to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole through the top. This is where you’ll string the ribbon for hanging on the tree.

Let dry for about 3 days and you’re good to go.

So easy, right? And Jack only asked once if he could eat it. These smell amazing, too… the house still smells of cinnamon.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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2 Responses to Trimming the Tree

  1. Nancy says:

    Oh I remember making these but did we use glue in them? I like yours better but wanted to check before I went ahead.

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