Cinnamon Powder--1 lb
Applesauce, warmed--2 cups
Mix ingredients. Roll out dough between 1/4" and 1/2" thick. Use cookie cutters to cut-out patterns or create your own shapes in the cinnamon dough with a butter knife. Make a hole for hanging at the top of each ornament. Dry overnight in a warm oven, or air dry (can take up to a week). Decorate with acrylic and 3D paint, thread a ribbon or gold cord through hole and hang on tree or make garlands.
These will scent a whole room! If stored in a dry place, these will last for years.
Pine Cone Ornament
Pine cone ornaments can be made like pomanders (See pomander recipe below). They are easier and faster to make. Dip the cone into white glue. Then into the pomander rolling mixture. Allow it to dry. Paint white glue on the upper tips. Then roll the cone in glitter for added decoration. If you use clear glitter, you get a frosty look. Attach a string to the top and hang on your tree or on wreaths.
Play Dough Ornament
* 1 Cup Flour
* 1/2 Cup Salt
* 1 Package Unsweetened Kool-Aid
* 3 Tbsp Oil
* 1 Cup Boiling Water
Mix together the flour, salt, and Kool-Aid. Add the oil and the boiling water. Stir the mixture until well blended. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead until it forms a soft dough. Once completely mixed, make into the desired shapes. Add a small hole at the top for the string to go through. Bake in a 250 degree oven for approximately 1 hour. This will vary depending on how thick you creations are. One hint, do not make shapes too thick or they will crack with baking.
Add a few drops of essential oil or oils blend to the ornament and hang on your tree or give as a gift.
Pomanders are spicy, sweetly-scented decorations made from fruits that are thick-skinned, firm, and unblemished. Fruits that work well for this are apples, oranges, lemons, and limes.
A wooden skewer or chopstick can be used to pierce the fruit from blossom end to stem end. Leave the stick in place until the pomander is completely dry. This will leave a tunnel through the pomander so you can attach a ribbon or string for hanging the pomander.
Pierce small holes in the skin of the fruit with a toothpick. Push whole cloves and/or whole star anise into the fruit. Hold the anise stars in place with glass-headed pins. For a glittering effect, attach sequins and beads to the pomander when you apply the cloves.
Cover as much of the surface as possible. Evenly-studded patterns are usually the best. Open areas of skin may develop bumps and cracks because of expansion and contraction of the skin during drying.
After studding the fruit with cloves and anise stars, roll the pomander in a mixture of powdered spices, oils and fixatives. Keep the spices or powdered botanicals you select in a 50/50 ratio to the fixatives. Enhance the fragrance of the spices by adding essential oils (see blends below). Apply oils to the exposed skin with an eyedropper so the spice mixture will adhere to the fruit, then gently shake the fruit and spice mixture in a small plastic bag. Then store the pomander in a cool, dry place for several weeks to dry completely. You can also dry the pomander for several hours in on oven at the lowest temperature setting. This drying method, however, will give the pomander a cooked odor.
After the pomander is dry, thread color-coordinated ribbons through the center channel to make hanging loops. Smaller fruits, when dried, should be light enough to hand on a tree as ornaments. You can also display pomanders in a fruit bowl. Hang in closets to so your clothes smell sweet. Hang a "spicy" pomander in your kitchen or a "citrusy" pomander in the bedroom or bathroom.
Fixatives: Angelica Root, Benzoin Gum, Calamus Root, Frankincense, Myrrh, Oak Moss, Orris Root, Rosewood, Sandalwood Chips, Vanilla Bean, Vetiver Root. Herbs and spices: Allspice, Anise, Basil, Bay, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Mace, Rosemary.
One sweet, rich fragrance mixture for rolling pomanders is made of allspice, cinnamon, and clove with sandalwood oil. Other combinations you may want to use with pomanders are: rosemary and angelica root with bay oil.
* anise, fennel, cinnamon, vanilla bean and oak moss with cinnamon oil.
* frankincense and myrrh with sandalwood oil (traditional blend).
* allspice, cinnamon and clove with sandalwood oil.
* benzoin gum and sandalwood chips with lavender oil.
* coriander and allspice with tangerine oil.
Feel free to mix and match fixatives, herbs, spices, and oils. Experiment to your heart's content. This is great fun!
Scented Beeswax Ornaments
Essential Oils--1/2 oz (15ml)
molds (can use candy molds or beeswax molds, available at crafts stores)
Ribbon for hanging
Melt beeswax in a double boiler or in the microwave, on low heat. Spray molds with vegetable oil, cut the ribbon or cord, make a loop and dip ends in wax.
Stir essential oils into melted wax and pour into molds (a small funnel helps) Add the waxed ribbon to the top of each mold. Let them set at room temperature. When hardened enough to pull away from the sides of the molds, they can be removed and decorated with sprigs, spices, lace or beads. Store in a cool place.
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