Easy DIY Cinnamon Apple Ornaments

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Last year, I was doing an Advent study that included recipes and songs between the daily readings. One of the recipes that stood out to me was for cinnamon apple ornaments. These simple ornaments looked so cheery and Christmasy to me that I was captivated, and couldn’t wait to make them myself.

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Well, the time is finally here! This year marks my first Christmas away from my parents, and what could be a sad occasion has turned into a wonderful opportunity to start my own traditions and make my own special memories with my partner, Ken. One of the first things I did this holiday season was dig up a cinnamon apple ornament recipe — if you can call it that — and get to work. These are so easy and fun to make! Also, they smell amazing when hanging in the tree.

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Supplies you’ll need:

  • Apple sauce, 1 cup
  • Cinnamon at a 1:1 ratio with the apple sauce, 1 cup
  • Cookie cutters
  • Ribbon


Preheat your oven to 200° F. Mix your applesauce and cinnamon together at a 1:1 ratio —  one cup of each will make enough dough for about 15-20 ornaments. Mix until the dough is consistent.

Flour a flat surface and roll out your dough. Use cookie cutters to cut our shapes.

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Using a straw or a toothpick, cut out little circles at the tops of the ornaments to hang the ribbon through.

Place the ornaments on a baking tray and bake for 2 1/2 hours at 200° F. Let the ornaments cool on a rack.

How to make cinnamon apple ornaments — Sara Laughed

Alternatively, if you prefer not to use the oven, I’ve heard that you can leave these out to dry for 3-4 days. I chose not to do this so I could avoid a fly situation.

As a final step, you can choose to use a nail file to sand down the edges of the ornaments after they’ve baked. This will make them look a little cleaner, and it also brings out the cinnamon smell a little more. The ornaments last for months, and they smell so lovely in the tree!

What’s a DIY ornament you’ve tried in the past? Let me know in the comments below!

Sara Laughed

Hey hey! I'm Sara, an American writer living in the Netherlands and working as a product manager.

  1. Southern and style says:

    I have always wanted to scent my tree, but never pulled the trigger on any of those little things to hang in it…these, I could totally do. It would also be really fun to do this with my nephew and niece!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  2. Last year was my first change in Christmas tradition where we celebrated Christmas morning just my husband and me, and then went to see his parents and then mine. It was so hard not to be with my parents on Christmas morning! But making your own traditions is the fun of it all. These ornaments look adorable! I’ll have to try it sometime.

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