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Saturday, December 14, 2013

How To: Lacy Cinnamon Cookie Cutter Ornaments

I remember my mom baking cookie cutter ornaments when I was young, and I loved them! I thought they were so pretty and smelled amazing. They have lasted her for years!

I decided to make our own little set of cinnamon ornaments. They only require a couple ingredients, but go a long way!

You will need:

1 cup ground cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup Elmer's glue
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
rolling pin
Christmas shape cookie cutters
toothpick or lollipop stick
parchment paper
ribbon or string
modge podge (or use more Elmer's glue)

1. Stir cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and applesauce until forms coarse crumbs in a medium mixing bowl.

2. Add in elmer's glue until dough forms. {make sure you wash your measuring cup and anything else that touches the glue fairly quickly afterwards.}

3. Spread out a piece of parchment paper. Lightly flower your hands, and form the dough into a ball.

4. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll dough out to 1/4 in. This dough is pretty sticky, so after I rolled it out, I smoothed it with my hands. Cut shapes out using your cookie cutters.

5. Using a tooth pick or lollipop stick, create holes to string your ornaments. Don't make huge gaping holes, but you want to have a enough room to thread your string or ribbon through. Remove excess dough. Bake ornaments in the oven at 200 degrees for 50 minutes.

6. While ornaments are in the oven, trace your cookie cutter shapes onto a piece of paper or cardstock.

7. Using your cut outs as a guide, cut identical shapes out of lace.

8. After you remove your ornaments from the oven, remove them with a spatula and place on a sheet of wax or parchment paper to completely dry. The  ornaments will still be somewhat soft, so handle with care. Be sure to turn them over every so often to keep the edges from curling up. Let dry over night.

9. Line up your lace cut out on top of an ornament and mark where the hole is. Cut a small hole out of the lace.

10. Using modge podge or Elmer's glue, over the surface of the ornament with glue. 

11. Line lace up evenly and press into ornament. Allow the glue to dry, then cut off any excess lace. 

12. Tie a ribbon or string to each ornament and hang them on your tree!

 Glittery ones look darling on the tree as well! Don't they smell delicious!?

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