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Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Elevate your holiday decor with DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments that fill your home with the warmth of the scent of Christmas. Learn how to make a delightful scented handmade ornament.

Crafting Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments in holiday shapes is a fun tradition and a delightful way to infuse your home with the spirit of the season. 

These handcrafted ornaments not only add a rustic charm to your decor but also fill your space with a warm and inviting cinnamon-apple aroma. 

Hang your 2 ingredient cinnamon ornaments on your Christmas tree, use as gift tags or tie to gifts for a festive touch. Applesauce cinnamon ornaments also makes for lovely Christmas decor that fills your home with a warm cinnamon scent.

Making applesauce cinnamon ornaments is a popular holiday craft that not only fills your home with a delightful aroma but also creates charming, rustic decorations. 

Make cinnamon ornaments with applesauce throughout the entire holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Kids will love this fun project throughout winter break.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make these fun Christmas ornaments. 

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How Do You Make Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments?

Materials Needed: 

  • 1.5 cups cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Also needed: your favorite cookie cutters, a drinking straw, ribbon or twine, a baking sheet
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Preheat oven to 200 degrees fahrenheit

In a large bowl, combine cinnamon and applesauce. Mix well until you have a thick, firm dough. 

If the dough is too sticky, add more cinnamon as needed.

Dust your work surface with a bit of extra cinnamon to prevent sticking.

Roll cinnamon dough to about 1/4 inch thickness, using a rolling pin to achieve an even thickness.

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Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes from the cinnamon applesauce dough. Christmas cookie cutters such as hearts, stars, gingerbread men, and Christmas trees are popular choices.

Reroll dough to create more ornaments.

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Use a drinking straw or skewer to create a small hole near the top of the ornaments. This hole will be used to thread a ribbon or twine for hanging.

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Place the cut-out ornaments on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Place them in the oven at the low temperature for a few hours to speed up the drying process.

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Cool on a wire rack.

Once the homemade cinnamon ornaments are at room temperature, insert ribbon or twine at the top of each ornament and decorate if you would like with puffy paints, craft paint or glitter glue.

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Applesauce Ornaments FAQs

How long do applesauce cinnamon ornaments last? 

Your easy homemade cinnamon ornaments will last a long time. Place ornaments in a cool, dry place, wrapped in tissue paper

How do you keep cinnamon ornaments from breaking?

To keep cinnamon ornaments from breaking, it’s essential to start with the right consistency of dough, making sure it’s not too thin.

  • Roll the dough evenly to a thickness of around 1/4 inch, avoiding excessive thinness.
  • Ensure the ornaments dry thoroughly for 24-48 hours, handle them gently during cutting and decorating, and create a sturdy hole for hanging.
  • When storing the ornaments, protect them from dust and potential breakage by using airtight containers or sealable bags.
  • In areas with high humidity, take extra precautions to keep them dry and intact, and if an ornament develops a crack, non-toxic glue can be used for repairs.

Can you put Modge Podge on cinnamon ornaments?

Applying Mod Podge to cinnamon dough ornaments is generally not recommended. Mod Podge is a water-based adhesive and sealer, and it can soften and potentially damage cinnamon ornaments over time. The moisture in Mod Podge may affect the structural integrity of the ornaments, leading to warping, cracking, or molding.

If you wish to seal or protect your cinnamon ornaments, it’s better to use an alternative sealant or clear acrylic spray, which is less likely to introduce moisture and is specifically designed for preserving craft projects. These sealants can provide a protective coating without compromising the integrity of the ornaments, allowing them to maintain their shape and fragrance.

Can you paint cinnamon applesauce ornaments?

You can indeed paint cinnamon applesauce ornaments to add color and personalized designs to your holiday decorations.

  • To get started, make sure the ornaments are completely dry, then use water-based acrylic craft paint. Protect your work surface and apply the paint with brushes, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before adding more layers. For intricate details, use smaller brushes.
  • Once you’re satisfied with your painted ornaments, allow them to dry completely, and if desired, seal the paint with a clear acrylic sealer spray to protect the design.

How do you preserve applesauce cinnamon ornaments?

To preserve applesauce cinnamon ornaments and keep them fresh and fragrant, follow these steps:

  • After the ornaments have thoroughly dried, apply a coat of clear acrylic sealer spray to protect and preserve them. This will help maintain their fragrance and prevent them from absorbing moisture.
  • Place the preserved ornaments in a cool, dry location when they are not in use. Avoid storing them in humid or damp areas to prevent any softening or molding.
  • If possible, store the ornaments in airtight containers or sealable bags to protect them from dust and humidity. This additional layer of protection can help extend their lifespan.
  • When taking the ornaments out for use or decoration, handle them gently to avoid breakage. Store them carefully to prevent any damage.
  • By sealing them with acrylic spray and storing them properly in dry conditions, you can preserve the delightful scent and appearance of your applesauce cinnamon ornaments for years to come.

Do applesauce cinnamon ornaments go bad?

Applesauce cinnamon ornaments don’t go “bad” like perishable foods but can experience changes over time. The delightful cinnamon-apple scent may fade, and the ornaments may become brittle if exposed to humidity. In very humid conditions, there’s a slight risk of mold growth.

To preserve them, store in a cool, dry place, seal with clear acrylic spray, and handle with care. With proper care, these ornaments can remain charming holiday decorations for years, although they may change in fragrance and texture over time.

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Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments

Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Looking for a fun and easy holiday craft and Christmas decoration? These applesauce cinnamon ornaments bring the lovely scent of Christmas throughout the house! They are great as gifts too and kids will love making them with you!


  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. ground cloves
  • Also needed: Christmas cookie cutters, a drinking straw, ribbon or twine


  • Rolling Pin
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • parchment paper


    Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, mixing until well combined and a dough begins to form.

    Sprinkle your surface with extra cinnamon to avoid sticking, empty dough mixture onto the surface and knead the dough, then roll it into a ball.

    Roll out your dough flat, about 1/4 inch thick.

    Using your Christmas cookie cutters, cut out cinnamon shapes and lay them onto the parchment paper.

    Using a drinking straw, poke a hole in the ornament where you want the string to go through.

    Leave a little bit of space as a buffer so the ornament does not break.

    Bake your applesauce cinnamon ornaments in the oven for 2 hours.

    Let your applesauce cinnamon ornaments cool, add some ribbon or twine to your ornament and hang.


Your ornaments will last a long time. Place ornaments in a cool, dry place, wrapped in tissue paper. 

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Tuesday 14th of December 2021

Can people eat these if no glue or extra adornments on them? Hopefully not a stupid question lol Cindy

momma lew

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Not a stupid question since these ornaments ARE made with edible ingredients. But, I really don't think they would be edible with the amount of cinnamon in them.

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Monday 5th of October 2020

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Saturday 24th of November 2018

I made these 15 years ago with my kids and they still are as lovely as they were when I made them. I store and wax paper in a paper box. They are still quite scented add a lovely smell to the room.


Friday 27th of July 2018

Love the smell of cinnamon

Ashley Chassereau Parks

Monday 29th of January 2018

I used to make these with my students when I taught school! The classroom smelled SO good for the weeks we had them in the room! I meant to make them with my kids this past Christmas, but didn't get around to it! Its definitely on the list for next year.

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