Craft Cinnamon Ornaments

The full directions to make cinnamon ornaments are at Martha Stewart.

Decorate them with white puffy paint to look like icing.

The woodland cookie cutters are from IKEA (not sure if they’re still available.)

Special thanks to Megan for sharing this idea on Pinterest.

I love to decorate with food for the holidays. More ideas:

Dressed-up mantel with coffee and clementines.

Advent wreath of cranberries.

Orange slice garlands. (And popcorn too!)

Walnut ornaments.

About Rachel

I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home. Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Oh the puffy paint idea is genius…I didn’t think of that!

    I made these ornaments for our Advent Jesse Tree group at church, and left them out drying on the counter. Later that night my hubby said something to me about how the cookies I’d made weren’t up to my usual standards. I said, “I didn’t make cookies today!” He said, “Those camel ones.” Ha! He totally ate one of them. And he’s fine, so they seem to be completely non-toxic. :)
    Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm´s last post…A Quirky Bookworm’s Gift Guide (Part 1)

  2. Love it! I made these about eight years ago and still have them on my tree. They are so easy and still smell good even after all these years. I layer them in between tissue and put them in big shoe boxes and then in a plastic tub to keep the mice away. Thanks for sharing! I should have shared with my friends on my blog!l Now I’ll just send them your link!

  3. Btw, I painted a lot of mine with craft paint too!
    Lisa Medley´s last post…Barbered Barbies

  4. Jeannie in Korea says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I can’t believe how much your children have grown! Love the craft idea :)

    I always feel at peace when I browse through your blog. I’ve learned so much, including how and why to simplify and organize. I especially like your small wardrobe ideas and after a summer of downsizing, I too love my small wardrobe. My friends are pretty impressed when they see how small and organized my closet is :) And this from a former NYC almost-shop-aholic! Thank you for sharing part of your life with us.

  5. Molly Herwick says:

    What kind of glue do I use?

  6. Oh my goodness, Lane and Tom are SO big!

    Also, I really think that food (and other disposable, but natural items) make the best decorations. Use them, enjoy them, and then once they’ve wilted or are no good, toss them and make a new one the next day.

    There is no reason to spend tons of money on fake plants or food. Use the real thing and enjoy it while it lasts.
    jennie´s last post…Deciding What to Say No to

  7. Ok, stunning. I might just have to steal your idea as I love it to tiny little pieces xx
    Tasmanian Minimalist´s last post…What I Have Learnt Since April Part Five

  8. I’m actually planning to make these very same ornaments with my daughter next weekend! She’s 2 1/2 and has no experience with cookie cutters…I think she’ll be tickled. :-) Yours look lovely!
    Cate´s last post…What I Read in October and November

  9. Thank you for spelling “mantel” correctly!

  10. Those are very cute! Would love to make them but I’m sure our dogs would eat them right off the tree.

  11. I like the jigsaw puzzle in the background – what a great time of year to relax and unwind with a puzzle! And your house must have smelled gorgeous with that cinnamon.
    Kim @ Extra Organized´s last post…Extra Organized expert tip: Creative procrastination

  12. Oh, I have lovely memories of making these with my children when they were little, but the photo I have is more along the lines of kids with super-icky fingers wiggling at the camera!
    Lori´s last post…Maximizer, Satisficer, or Monkey in the Middle?

  13. We made these yesterday! Only we were out of applesauce (how?!) so I used a modified recipe of 1 c. cinnamon, 1/4 glue (Elmers) and about 1/3 c. water. They still turned out great. I LOVE how yours turned out. PRECIOUS!
    Megan at SortaCrunchy´s last post…Spirit-Led Parenting: Continuing the Sleep Series with the CIO Question

  14. Oh What Fun!!! I Love it!!!
    se7en´s last post…Saturday Spot: Se7en + 1 Build A Beach House…

  15. I saw those for the first time this weekend…they smelled so good but I had no idea how to make them–thanks for the link!
    MK Jorgenson´s last post…Coming Up Short

  16. Made these YEARS ago with my kids and they lasted years. Mine didn’t look as good as your though! Never thought of painting detail on them. Maybe it’s time for a craft day with my grandkids!
    Living the Balanced Life´s last post…Are you collecting rocks, or diamonds?

  17. I was having a Christmas party lunch today with a friend who has recently moved back to Britain from New Zealand. She was remarking how in NZ children are taught not to waste food, which is fine. Also, they avoid doing crafts with food items because it is considered that this is a form of wasting food. Someone from England remarked that she had to stop teaching art with macaroni and to change over to art with string… I just thought that was interesting. A bit extreme in my opinion (and I think theirs as well), but interesting.
    Shelley´s last post…Kirkharle – Part III

  18. I first made these back in 1986 when I was in my first apartment as a grown-up and needed ornaments for my tiny tree. I made these and cornstarch ornaments. I wrote about these on my blog, too! ;-)

    If you cut this dough out with very small ornaments (gingerbread men) they make cute pins.

  19. When my partner and I celebrated our first Christmas together (back in 1994), we were both underemployed and had very little money to purchase ornaments for our tree. So we made cinnamon ornaments like these (except we burned them on one side just a little).

    As we purchased new ornaments over the years, we ended up keeping one of the old cinnamon ornaments for memories’ sake.

  20. Pretty! I can see why the commenter’s husband, above, ate one. They’re making me hungry just looking at them :)

    They remind me of the story about the little “Gingerbread Boy”.

  21. I made these when I was little and still have it! It could be a great low-cost gift to family members, too, LOVE the woodland creatures and how you and the kiddos used the ‘icing’ :-)
    Kait Palmer´s last post…Here’s hoping!