How to make apple and cinnamon Christmas decorations

This weekend, I found the box with our cinnamon and apple tree decorations. They are still looking good. Unbelievably, they smell just as cinnamony as ever. We made these eight years ago!

They are made with three ingredients: apple puree, cinnamon and a tiny dash of PVA glue, although that last part in optional.

We used glitter glue to decorate them, but they don’t really need it. Especially now we’re more aware of how unecofriendly glitter is.

I took this craft into school as a parent-helper activity, when my children were in the youngest class. The children loved making and working with the scented dough. I took the shapes home and dried them out in the oven. Next day, I popped back in to school and left them for the children to decorate. One year, they painted them, which looked really fun and a nice alternative to the glitter.

If you’d like to give this a go, I have an old post with the instructions here. A great craft activity for all ages, so long as they are past the stage of putting stuff into their mouths that they shouldn’t.

Oh my goodness, I wish I had an excuse to make some more, but really, I still have enough and unlike most children’s crafts, they last forever (almost).

10 thoughts on “How to make apple and cinnamon Christmas decorations

  • Monday 23 November, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    How wonderful that they still smell so good after all these years! Make some more for yourself! Who cares if the kids are interested or not 😉 #MMBC

    • Monday 23 November, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      I’m surprised too. No, I really do have enough! 😆

    • Friday 27 November, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Hope you enjoy making them.

  • Sunday 29 November, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Oh I love getting out the decorations and rediscovering old creations that the kids have made. We’ve got this wooden Santa plaque that’s absolutely hanging! It’s about 7-8 years old but I don’t have the heart to part with it! I will still be hanging it up when the kids leave home. I love your apple and cinnamon decorations, I bet they smell amazing. 🙂

    • Saturday 5 December, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      I have a few pieces like that. Even the children were suggesting that we let them go. Ruthless!

  • Monday 30 November, 2020 at 11:41 am

    I can’t believe that these are made from just three ingredients – they look lovely! I love the smell of apple and cinnamon at Christmas, also orange and cloves 🙂


    • Saturday 5 December, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      It slightly blew my mind at first with how much cinnamon they used, but it does make a lot of items.

  • Monday 30 November, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Ohh! I bet these smell amazing!
    What a great idea for some decorations. x

    • Saturday 5 December, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      They certainly do!

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