How to Make Applesauce Christmas Ornaments


Homemade cinnamon applesauce Christmas ornaments are a fragrant, budget friendly craft for children and families. Decorate personalized ornaments for gifts or attach them as present toppers to Christmas gifts. These are especially fun as a classroom project for each child to make and take home. Children love using cookies cutters and decorating these simple ornaments as family keepsakes.

Making Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Mix the white glue and applesauce together until blended. Add the ground nutmeg and ground cloves. Begin to add the cinnamon in small amounts until a dough forms. Add enough cinnamon to make a thick, stiff dough. Add more applesauce if the dough is too thick. Add more cinnamon if the dough is too squishy.

Step 2

Roll the applesauce dough to at least 1/4 inch thick. Be sure the dough is rolled evenly without thin or thick spots. Use Christmas-themed cookie cutters (such as snowmen, angels, candy canes, Christmas trees and stars) to cut shapes from the applesauce dough.

Step 3

Remove the remaining dough from around the cut shapes. Gently push a thin stick through the top of each ornament to make a hole. The hole should be large enough to thread ribbon through when the ornaments are dry.

Step 4

Use a spatula to transfer the applesauce ornament shapes to a wire rack. Place the rack on a larger cookie sheet for easier handling. Lightly dust flour over some of the ornaments (specifically the snowmen shapes) to give the appearance of snow when they are dry. You can also press whole cloves into the applesauce dough for eyes and buttons.

Step 5

Bake the ornaments at 200 degrees for about two hours. The ornaments should harden and dry slowly in the heat. They will not rise like cookies. You may also air-dry the ornaments. Leave the dough shapes on a wire rack at room temperature for two to three full days until they have hardened. Allow baked ornaments to cool before decorating.

Step 6

Thread a small section of colorful ribbon through the hole in each ornament for a Christmas tree hanger. Use paint to decorate the dried Christmas ornaments. Glue on colorful buttons or glitter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not try to bake the ornaments too quickly. They need to be exposed to low heat for long periods of time to dry out completely. Do not eat the dough. If young children are making this craft, you may leave out the white glue. The ornaments will take longer to set and may break, but it avoids the chance of children ingesting the dough with glue. Do not roll the dough too thin or the finished ornaments will break.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • Rolling pin
  • Christmas-themed cookie cutters
  • Spatula
  • Thin stick (kabob sticks work well)
  • Oven-safe wire rack
  • Large cookie sheet
  • Flour
  • Whole cloves
  • Ribbon
  • Paint
  • Colorful buttons
  • Glitter
Keywords: applesauce, homemade, ornaments, Christmas, craft

About this Author

Amanda Herron is a photojournalist and writer whose credits include: "Georgia Realtor Magazine," "Jackson Parent Magazine," "Christian Guitarist and Bassist," and the "Jackson Sun/Associated Press." Herron has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Education from Union University. She is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and has won photojournalism awards from the Tennessee Press Association and Baptist Press.

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