Holidays are always a fun time of year for decorating, crafting and baking. So many ideas for homemade and DIY gifts, crafts, baked goods and more. About six years ago when I had more time than patience, I spent an entire holiday season baking, crafting and flexing my creative prowess to her max. One of my all time favorite and easiest holiday crafts to make were applesauce ornaments. My kids absolutely loved them; to this day they still love them because of the fun involved in making them and the smell. This is my recipe for an easy Christmas ornaments projectÂ you can enjoy with your kids each year and for years to come, plus these make wonderful additions to gift wrapping.
I wanted to revisit the craft idea and I am stoked to take part with my kids because they are the project managers for this while I just handle the safety portion. No special trips to the store are needed which make this DIY applesauce Christmas ornaments project super easy; just explore your pantry!
- metal or glass mixing bowl
- rolling pin
- wax paper
- a straw
- 1/2 cup cinnamon
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- cookie cutters
- favorite ribbon and or decorative string
In your mixing bowl combine the applesauce and cinnamon until you form a firm, smooth ball. Place the ball on a sheet of wax paper and top with a second sheet of wax paper.
Roll out the ball until the mixture is about a 1/4 inch thick. I like the thicker variation as the ornaments stick together better and have less chance of crumbling and falling apart.
Using your favorite cookie cutters, carefully cut out the shapes of the ornaments you wish. The straw will act as your cutter to draw the ornament ribbon, string or hook. Once the ornaments have been cutout, place onto a baking sheet and or cooling rack depending on your method.
IF you choose the quicker method, you can bake the ornaments for 2-2 1/2 hours at 200 degrees in the oven
OR you can choose the more patient method in which you place the ornaments on the cooling rack and let air dry for one to two days
After the ornaments are nice and dry and your home smells heavenly, string your favorite ribbon through the holes at the top of the ornaments. Hang on the tree, use on the ribbon for your gifts, or place in a nice decorative bowl for a wonderfully fragrant aroma for your home.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!