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post #16 of 25
Here is the recipe I use that includes elmers glue. I found they hold up a little better than ones without.

1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer's)
Bowl
Plastic food wrap
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Cookie cutters or a knife
Ribbon or yarn for hanging
Straw
How to make it:Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if the dough is too stiff.
Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least a half hour.
Remove the dough, knead again to make sure it's smooth. Flatten/roll the dough between waxed paper until it's between 1/4" thick and 1/8" thick.
Cut out desired shapes, use a straw to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. The circle of dough will pull out with the straw.
Gently place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper. They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat.

Don't be surprised to see that the ornaments get smaller during the drying process. Keep this in mind when you pick out the cookie cutters for your designs. You will also notice that if you do not turn the ornaments over often enough while they are drying, the edges of the ornaments will curl.

When dry, thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through the hole to hang.

SHAPE IDEAS: Tree, Apple, House (gingerbread), Bell, Heart, Goose, Gingerbread Man, Star...

Optional Painting ideas - use acrylic paints or fabric paints to paint details, like white 'frosting' on a gingerbread man or gingerbread house, or eyes on a goose.
post #17 of 25
I suspect the shrinkage from that recipe has to do with the water in the glue evaporating.
Do they wrinkle, or shrink smoothly?
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post #18 of 25
They shrink smooth. If I get a free moment I will dig out one and take a pic of it to show you.
post #19 of 25
I've made those cinnamon applesauce ornaments also. They cut out great. They work really well with those plastic cutters with the details imprinted(Hallmark, Tupperware ect)

Your house will smell wonderful making these! We used puffy paints(aka fabric paint) in the squeeze bottles. I think they still make this. It came in lots of colors and dried with nice dimension. They even had mettallics and glitter also.

This makes the cutest gingerbread people. I've had mine for many years. You can give them a light sanding on the back if they have lost their smell if they weren't sealed with anything.

This is the time to purchse the cheapest cinnamon you can find. You don't want to use your Penzey's finest here unless money is no object!
post #20 of 25
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I checked the taste of home page mentioned. That's the look I had in mind, but with the ability to put thinner & smaller details with the paint. I like how the foundation paint looks thick, like icing. That can be achieved with something like puffy paint, correct? I was thinking I could put the same thicker paint in a bag with a tip for the details.
Am I on the right track??
Thanks for all the suggestions!!!!
post #21 of 25
I made cinnamon ornaments a couple of years for party favors for my children's christmas parties at school.... they were always big hits. I did not do ANY decorating to them though...... I just used a decorative cookie cutter that made impressions on most of them, although we also did some plain stars, and simple shapes. I bought my cinnamon at Sam's in the large containers because I was making several....... We enjoyed them for several years and may still have a few in the Christmas boxes but they no longer smell.

I bet they would be really cute with details painted on. My daughter loves gingerbread men - so they were simple and cute left plain.....
post #22 of 25
splymale,
click on my www button, and scroll down 3 posts.
Those are 1 inch cookies with the fabric paint right from the bottle, the lines get nice and thin. Sorry about the quality, all the photos are somewhere - that's the only one I could find.
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post #23 of 25
Jaimelt76 your kids actually have the day off to go hunting? My husband will wish that we lived there when our kids were young. icon_smile.gif
post #24 of 25
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Jaimelt76 your kids actually have the day off to go hunting? My husband will wish that we lived there when our kids were young. icon_smile.gif



Michigan schools here in the U.P. take off for the first day of hunting season. It has been that way since I was in school. It is crazy the days they get off for.
post #25 of 25
I've got 240 of them drying right now. Woo! They're a pain to dry! I had a brain fart and made Royal tonight to start decorating tomorrow. I completely forgot about trying craft paint first.
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