If you want a fun and easy craft, try some salt dough cinnamon ornaments. Years ago I made some cinnamon applesauce ornaments which I still use today. I was looking at Miss Mustard Seed’s blog and saw her tutorial for the cinnamon salt dough ornaments here. https://missmustardseed.com/molded-salt-dough-gingerbread-ornaments-christmas-crafts/ The ornaments were beautiful and very inspiring. I made a batch of her recipe and put my own spin on them.
I did not have any cookie molds, but I had this patterned rolling pin. I rolled out the dough with a regular rolling pin first until the dough was about 1/2 inch thick. I then went over the dough with the patterned rolling pin giving the dough an embossed look. If you are going to do this, make sure that you lightly flour the top of the dough running the patterned rolling pin over the dough one time. I had to press pretty hard to get the embossed look I wanted.
After your dough is rolled out, the choice of design is really yours. You can use any cookie cutters that you like. I actually used a sandwich cutter from Pampered Chef. It gave the dough detailed edges that I absolutely loved. I also did a few with my gingerbread cookie cutters. I placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and cooked them in the oven turning them over once after 30 minutes. I love the color of the dough, it looks like distressed wood to me.
So if you’re looking for a fun and easy Christmas craft this year, try making some cinnamon salt dough ornaments!
Cinnamon Salt Dough ornaments
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3/4 cup ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup water
- Mix ingredients together in a large mixing bowl using either a paddle attatchment, electric beaters or a wooden spoon.
- Dough should come together without being too crumbly. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 Tablespoon water to the dough at a time until it comes together.
- Roll out dough to a half inch thickness using a regular rolling pin. Run a patterned rolling pin across the top of the dough to form an embossed pattern. Cut out desired shapes and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Take a toothpick and create a hole at the top for ribbon or twine.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes on one side. After 30 minutes, flip over and cook for another 30 minutes. Place on a cooling rack to cool. Thread twine or ribbon through the holes.