Written by Jennifer Sill This month I’m decorating our Christmas tree with homemade decorations.

We’ve already done birdseed ornaments, oranges, popcorn chains, pine cones and now…. I’m excited to show you two easy to make ornaments.

Salt dough hand prints and/or cookie cutter shapes AND  (Leslie’s Favorite) Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

 

 Salt Dough Ornaments

3 cups flour

1 cup salt

(Can add food coloring.)

water – add gradually until moist

 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Mix flour and salt (and food coloring if you choose).

Add the water slowly until it forms a dough sticky enough to make into a ball and roll out.

Roll out the dough and cut your cookie shapes or make an organic lump and put your kiddo’s hand pints in them.

We use a straw to poke a hole in the top for ribbon once the ornaments are dry.

Bake at 200 degrees for about an hour. I flipped mine after 45 minutes to make sure to dry both sides.

The oven must be low so that the dough does not bubble.

Once the ornaments are cooled, you can decorate with paint, glitter or any other decorations you choose!!

I felt the hand prints were too heavy for our tree, so I glued them to a picture frame and plan to give them as a gift this year. We’ll be putting glitter on our circle ornaments and hanging them on our tree.

 

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

1 cup cinnamon

1 cup applesauce

1 tablespoon glue

**Note you need the extra large cinnamon in the store. The medium one is about 1/2 a cup.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. I actually needed to add a little bit of cinnamon to my mix to dry it out a bit. The measurements are not exact and they are different depending on the barometer in your area.

Roll the dough out.

Cut with cookie cutters (or if you want circles you can use the open end of a glass.)

Use a straw to poke holes in the tops.

Bake for about an hour – flipping every 15 minutes.

String a ribbon through and enjoy!!

 

As always, this is a “Pinspiration” (I usually post them on my Pinterest account. Follow me!!) Here are some of my other projects. Trust me – if I can do them, you can too!! Here’s who “Pinspired” me this week:

 

5 Orange Potatoes

By Stephanie Lynn

 

The Imagination Tree

 

I’d love to see your Christmas projects also! Posting pictures on our Facebook site always gets you an extra entry in our giveaway for the week!! 😉

 

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Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She's helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest. Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.

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