This recipe makes about ten non-edible Ornaments
1 cup of applesauce
1 1/2 cups of cinnamon
1/4 to 1/3 cup
white school glue
A roll of waxed paper
A roll of plastic wrap
A rolling pin
Heart-shaped cookie cutters, or table knives for free-form
Paper plates, or a wire rack and paper towels
Marker for writing children’s names on paper plates or
Once ornaments are dry,
you will need:
Ribbon and scissors
Tear off sheets of waxed paper into squares, one for each
Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Remove the mixture and form
a ball, then knead for five to ten minutes, until it is easy to work with and
holds together well. If the mixture seems too dry, add more glue.
Wrap the ball of mixture in plastic wrap, and chill it for at
least 30 minutes.
When you are ready to form the ornaments, roll out the
mixture on a flat surface with a rolling pin, until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
Then, cut out heart shapes using the cookie cutter, or free-form with a table
knife. Use a straw to poke a hole in each heart (for hanging, when dry.) Don’t
punch too close to the edge, or the heart may break.
Place each heart shape on a paper plate to dry, or place them
on a wire rack with a paper towel under the ornament.
The drying process may take up to 48 hours. Flip the
ornaments occasionally to help them dry flat. When they are dry, sand their
rough edges with fine-grain sandpaper. Wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of
For each ornament, cut a piece of ribbon to thread through
hole. Knot the ribbon to make a loop, and hang the ornament. Smell the cinnamon
and keep compassion in your heart!
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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