Scented Ornaments

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Scented Ornaments
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages all-ages

Spice up holiday gifts with whimsical cutouts that double as fragrant (but nonedible!) tree ornaments.

What you'll need

  • 1 cup of regular applesauce (not the chunky variety)
  • 1 1/2 cups of ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of white glue
  • Assorted cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Colored ribbon

String several ornaments together with twine and beads for a sweet-smelling holiday garland.

How to make it

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together ingredients. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap it in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes until the "dough" stiffens.

  2. Sprinkle more cinnamon on a cutting board or a waxed-paper-lined surface, and turn the chilled dough onto it. Dust a rolling pin with cinnamon and use it to roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness (if it's thinner than that, the ornaments will be too fragile).

  3. Cut out decorative shapes with assorted cookie cutters or a butter knife, then use a plastic drinking straw to make a hole through the top center of each cutout.

  4. Let the ornaments air-dry completely before stringing them with ribbon.

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