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Gingerbread Ornaments: Easy DIY with Fragrant Cinnamon

Image: DIY gingerbread ornaments on a tree Do you remember the nostalgic scent of gingerbread ornaments adorning the Christmas tree? The sweet aroma that brings back cherished memories from childhood? Recreate that magical atmosphere with...

DIY gingerbread ornaments on a tree Image: DIY gingerbread ornaments on a tree

Do you remember the nostalgic scent of gingerbread ornaments adorning the Christmas tree? The sweet aroma that brings back cherished memories from childhood? Recreate that magical atmosphere with our simple 3-ingredient gingerbread ornaments, infused with the fragrant essence of cinnamon.

Rediscovering Childhood Memories

I vividly recall the joy of placing gingerbread ornaments on the tree as a little girl, relishing their enchanting aroma year after year. Although I later discovered that these beloved ornaments were store-bought, they remained special to me. They were crafted from a straightforward recipe consisting mostly of glue and cinnamon.

Step by step directions for making gingerbread ornaments Image: Step by step directions for making gingerbread ornaments

Crafting Your Gingerbread Masterpieces

To create these delightful gingerbread ornaments, start by preparing the dough. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup ground cinnamon, 1/3 cup applesauce, and 1/2 cup of white glue. The applesauce adds pliability, the glue ensures firmness, and the cinnamon imparts the authentic gingerbread color and long-lasting fragrance that will evoke fond memories for years to come.

Stir the dough until it reaches a smooth and dry consistency. Next, turn out the dough onto a cool, flat surface and use a rolling pin to flatten it to 1/4 inch thickness. If the dough becomes too dry, spritz it with water. If it sticks to the rolling pin or work surface, sprinkle additional cinnamon to prevent sticking.

Now, unleash your creativity! Use your favorite holiday cookie cutter or gingerbread man cutter to shape the dough into classic gingerbread men, stars, or any other design that warms your heart.

To ensure easy hanging, use a straw to poke a hole at the top of each cut-out ornament. Air-dry the ornaments on a wire rack lined with paper towels for 24 hours, turning them over every 6 hours to keep them flat. Alternatively, preheat your oven to 200 degrees, transfer the ornaments to a baking sheet, and bake, flipping once, until dry (approximately 2 hours).

Once the dough has completely dried, it's time to decorate your lovely ornaments with white fabric paint for a delightful "icing" effect. These ornaments are perfect for decoration only and are not meant for consumption.

DIY gingerbread ornaments being held in hands Image: DIY gingerbread ornaments being held in hands

Preserving the Magic

Wondering how long these gingerbread decorations will last and how to store them? If properly stored, they can be used year after year. Once the ornaments are completely dry, decorate them to your heart's content and let them dry out fully. Then, store them in airtight containers with wax paper separating each layer. Rest assured, when you bring them out again in the following years, they will still look and smell fantastic.

Unleash Your Creativity

If you're feeling inspired to explore more DIY Christmas ornaments, we have some delightful suggestions for you. Why not try making gorgeous orange slice ornaments or indulge in our gluten-free ginger molasses cookies? Additionally, our gingerbread pancakes, gingerbread milkshakes, and gingerbread martini mocktails are perfect for hosting a festive gingerbread decorating party. Let your imagination soar!

This blog post was originally published on December 5, 2012. We've updated it with new photos, a recipe card, and helpful information to enhance your experience.

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