Children love to help their parents create homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree that can be enjoyed year after year. This year, I decided that we should make scented ornaments. Mainly, this choice was made because we put a fake tree each year that has no joyful evergreen smell. At least the ornaments will fill the room with a pleasant odor.
Creating the ornaments is simple if you follow the directions below to create your homemade dough. Don’t worry, the dough will harden, and won’t rot when you store it away for next year.
Pour ½ cup of white school glue in a disposable bowl. You can use a regular bowl, just make sure you wash the bowl immediately following the craft.
Add 1 ¼ cup of regular applesauce to the school glue. Don’t use cinnamon applesauce, as it won’t produce as powerful of a cinnamon scent as adding fresh cinnamon will.
Sprinkle 1 ¾ cups of fresh ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of ground nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon of ground cloves. Combine all of the ingredients before continuing.
Set the homemade dough in the refrigerator for half an hour so that it becomes easier to work with.
Roll the dough out on a sheet of wax paper so that it is about ¾ of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the dough. Christmas choices include bells, candy canes, snowmen, angels, stars, and a Santa face.
Poke a straw through the top center of the scented Christmas ornament so that when the ornament hardens, you can use a piece of ribbon to hang the ornament from the Christmas tree.
Store the ornament with your other ornaments, but wrap it in a piece of tissue paper first.
If you are not fond of a cinnamon scent, feel free to exchange the cinnamon with essential oils or spices that contain the scent you desire.