Fill Your Home with the Aroma of Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

Crafting Memories: Cinnamon Dough Ornament Delights

by Muntaha

Transform your home into a fragrant haven with delightful and charming cinnamon dough ornaments! Crafting these aromatic DIY decorations not only adds a touch of warmth but also infuses your space with the inviting scent of cinnamon. The process of making these homemade ornaments is not just a craft; it’s an experience that engages the senses.

Bringing together flour, cinnamon, applesauce, and a dash of creativity, these homemade ornaments are simple yet captivating to make. The sweet, spicy aroma of cinnamon permeates your home as you roll out the dough and cut it into various shapes – stars, hearts, or even adorable gingerbread figures. Once they’re shaped, dried, and adorned with ribbons, these ornaments become more than just DIY decorations; they become delightful scent diffusers.

Getting Started with Cinnamon Dough

Materials and Ingredients: 

Creating cinnamon dough ornaments requires only a handful of basic ingredients commonly found in most kitchens. The simple recipe includes:

  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon forms the base of the dough, providing the delightful scent and warm color that characterize these homemade ornaments.
  • Applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce serves as a binding agent in the dough, helping to bring the ingredients together without the need for additional liquid.
  • White Glue (optional): Some recipes may call for a small amount of white glue to enhance the dough’s consistency and durability, although it’s not always necessary.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is often used to adjust the dough’s consistency and prevent it from being too sticky.

Recipe and Preparation: 

  • These ingredients are mixed in specific proportions to create a moldable dough that can be rolled out and shaped into various designs using cookie cutters or molds. 
  • The dough is then air-dried or baked at a low temperature until it hardens, preserving the shape and scent of the ornaments.
  • Experimenting with the ratio of these ingredients can slightly alter the texture and workability of the dough. 
  • Some crafters may add a touch of ground cloves or nutmeg for additional fragrance and depth, customizing the recipe to suit their preferences while retaining the delightful aroma of cinnamon.

Crafting the Homemade Ornaments

Shapes and Designs: 

Crafting cinnamon dough ornaments allows for a wide range of creative shapes and designs limited only by your imagination. Some popular shapes and designs for cinnamon dough ornaments include:

  • Classic Holiday Shapes: Traditional holiday shapes such as stars, snowflakes, Christmas trees, gingerbread people, candy canes, wreaths, and stockings are perennial favorites. These shapes evoke the festive spirit and are perfect for decorating a Christmas tree or adorning gifts.
  • Heartfelt Messages: Using alphabet stamps or cookie cutters, you can create homemade ornaments shaped like hearts, circles, or squares and stamp them with messages or names. These personalized ornaments make thoughtful gifts or keepsakes.
  • Custom Shapes and Designs: Get creative! Experiment with unique shapes like snowmen, angels, and stars with personalized imprints, or even abstract designs. You can also use festive cookie cutters or create your own templates for more original shapes.

Once shaped, these ornaments can be air-dried or baked according to the recipe instructions, and then decorated further with paint, glitter, ribbons, or other embellishments to enhance their appearance.

Techniques and Tools

Here are some techniques and tools for making cinnamon dough ornaments:

  • Mixing Bowl and Spoon: Essential tool for combining the ingredients.
  • Rolling Pin: Roll out the dough evenly.
  • Cookie Cutters: To create shapes by cutting out.
  • Stamps or Textured Materials: For creating designs or imprints.
  • Straw, Toothpick, or Skewer: To make holes for hanging.
  • Baking Sheet or Parchment Paper: If baking the ornaments.
  • Decorative Materials: Paint, glitter, ribbons, or other embellishments.

These tools and techniques offer a simple yet effective way to craft beautiful cinnamon dough homemade ornaments, allowing for creativity and personalization in your DIY decorations.

Baking and Drying

The baking and drying process for cinnamon dough ornaments involves two primary methods:

Air Drying:

  • Lay out the shaped ornaments on a baking sheet or parchment paper.
  • Allow them to air dry at room temperature for several days, turning them occasionally for even drying.
  • Make sure that they are entirely dry.


  • Preheat the oven to a low temperature, usually around 200°F (93°C).
  • Place the shaped ornaments on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 2-3 hours, checking occasionally to prevent burning or excessive browning.
  • Once baked, allow the ornaments to cool completely before handling or decorating.

Decorating and Personalizing ideas

Here are decorating and personalizing ideas for cinnamon dough ornaments:


  • Use acrylic paints or watercolors to add intricate designs or patterns.
  • Add details like snowflakes, stars, or personalized messages.

Glitter & Sparkle:

  • Apply a layer of craft glue and sprinkle fine glitter over the ornaments for a sparkling effect.
  • Attach small rhinestones or sequins for extra dazzle.

Ribbons & Bows:

  • Tie colorful ribbons or strings through holes in the ornaments for hanging.
  • Add small bows or knots to give a charming finish.

Attach Photos:

  • Cut out tiny photos or printouts and affix them to the ornaments with glue for a personalized touch.

Displaying and Preserving ideas

To display and preserve cinnamon dough ornaments:


  • Hang ornaments on Christmas trees, garlands, or wreaths.
  • Arrange them in decorative bowls or trays.
  • Adorn gift packages or use them as festive tags.


  • Store ornaments in airtight containers or zip-lock bags to prevent moisture.
  • Place silica gel packets or rice inside storage containers to absorb excess moisture.
  • Keep ornaments away from direct sunlight or heat sources to avoid discoloration.
  • Refresh the scent by adding a drop of cinnamon essential oil when needed.
  • Periodically check for any signs of dampness or mold, ensuring the personalized ornaments stay dry and intact for extended use.

Beyond Ornaments – Additional Uses

Beyond being DIY decorations, cinnamon dough ornaments have versatile uses:

  • Fragrant Decor: Place them in drawers, closets, or cabinets for a natural, fragrant aroma.
  • Gift Embellishments: Attach to gift bags, boxes, or cards for an added festive touch.
  • Sachets or Potpourri: Grind or break them into smaller pieces for potpourri or homemade sachets.
  • DIY Garland: String together with beads or other ornaments to create a unique garland.
  • Scrapbooking or Crafts: Use as embellishments in scrapbooking or various craft projects, adding texture and scent to creative endeavors.


Summarize the joy of creating cinnamon dough ornaments, the delightful aroma they bring, and the versatility they offer as DIY decorations or gifts.

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