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Article: Warm your Winter Holidays with the Spicy Scent of Cinnamon: Oh, What a Fabulous Idea!

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DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2008
6:40 AM

Post #5857134

What a great idea. I love it. Thanks for the great article and great craft idea.
youngershirl
Orange Park, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2008
11:06 AM

Post #5857269

I agree. Thanks for the idea. I love the smell of Cinnamon as well, it makes the house smell so inviting.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2008
1:43 PM

Post #5857403

Thanks Critter!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2008
2:14 PM

Post #5857509

They're as much fun to make as baking cut-out cookies... and you won't believe how good your house will smell while they're drying.

I hung these in my bathroom last year and just left them up, because they were so cute! The warmth from the lights enhanced their scent for several months, but I think I probably need to refresh them with a few drops of cinnamon oil now. The ones that I stowed away in a Christmas tin still smell yummy!





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kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2008
5:35 PM

Post #5858303

I made these one year in Maine as Christmas tree ornaments and would love to do it again.

Lovely article!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2008
6:38 PM

Post #5858552

Thanks!

In checking around the web for various "recipes," to see how they varied from what I used, I was trying to figure out how long these ornaments had been around. I have no idea! I'm sure it's been at least 5 years, but for all I know it could be 30 or 40... it sure seems like a craft from the '70s to me. :-)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2008
7:55 PM

Post #5858756

Nifty idea! I made ornaments from clay, sparkly decorations, cookie cutter shapes and acrylic paint many years ago but these seem much homier!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2008
10:30 PM

Post #5859197

Thanks, Carrie. To me, they seem a whole lot lighter than clay or salt dough ornaments, also. It's much easier to find places to hang them on the tree!

I think their color especially lends itself to gingerbread shapes or reindeer...



carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2008
8:57 AM

Post #5860648

Yeah, it would! It's so hard to fing a good rich brown...
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

December 9, 2008
8:19 PM

Post #5875284

Jill,
This sounds so intriguing and I am going to try to make some this week. I am off to the store to buy the ingredients now.
I thought these would be great to add to my cookie plates that I give out as gifts to friends too. I'll just attach it on the outside with a little note.

Thanks for the great article,
Donna
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2008
8:27 PM

Post #5875313

Have fun with them! And be sure to point out that they're not edible, especially if you put one on top of a cookie plate... my BIL said he got one within an inch of his mouth, all set to take a big yummy bite when my SIL yelped at him to stop because she thought it might be an ornament. (You would think the ribbon hanger would be a clue, but he says it just smelled sooo good, LOL.)
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

December 9, 2008
11:22 PM

Post #5875925

Oh, I will Jill. lol
Angel_D
Quincy, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 12, 2008
12:51 PM

Post #5884140

QUESTION - how much glue? the recipe just says "1/2 bottle of school glue" which comes in all shapes and sizes. Can you recommend a size? Thanks!!!
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

December 12, 2008
3:44 PM

Post #5884560

I was just going to ask the same question...lol

I've got everything else right now, just waiting for the contractors to finish up laying the new granite and putting the kitchen sink back in, so I can make these. Any day now, I hope!!
Donna
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 12, 2008
4:01 PM

Post #5884613

The directions above the recipe say to add two to three tablespoons of white glue for every cup of drained applesauce. The size bottle I generally have on hand is the one that's 3-4 inches tall, probably 4 or 6 oz. The glue is an optional component, so use whatever you have on hand... amount is flexible.

SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

December 13, 2008
12:07 AM

Post #5886018

Thanks Jill. :-))
Angel_D
Quincy, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 13, 2008
12:39 PM

Post #5887297

Ooops - just saw where you recommended 2-3 tbsp in the article. I did read the article, that bit just didn't quite register. :)
EleanorZRuch
Hatfield, PA

December 7, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #7344608

The idea sounds wonderful. I too love cinnamon scents all winter long.

An aside: Cinnamon is now used as a health supplement in capsule form, is VERY therapeutic. While the ornaments are not meant to be edible, the cinnamon would not be harmful...even if the ornaments were not sweet like cookies. Now the ribbon and metal hanger? They could prove not the healthiest! =)
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 7, 2009
3:37 PM

Post #7344631

Wonderful idea for tree ornaments! Thanks Critter.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2009
4:53 PM

Post #7344894

I'm not certain, but I think Ceylon Cinnamon ("true" cinnamon) is the one more often touted for its health qualities.

they do make great ornaments, and they're not quite as heavy as salt dough. :-)

If you store them in an airtight container, they keep their scent... but you can also readily re-scent them with a drop or two of cinnamon oil

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