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How to Make Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

teacher avatar Pam Phelps, Creative Homemaker, Foodie, Artist, & Crafter

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4 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

    • 2. What you will need to make Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

    • 3. Mix it, Roll it, Cut it, Bake it

    • 4. Decorate

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Welcome to this class on how to make Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments.  In this class, you will learn how to make a wonderful cinnamon scented salt dough, using ground cinnamon and essential oils. Next, we will create ornaments that look gingerbread cookies and smell heavenly when baking  in the oven, your whole house will smell wonderful and so delicious you will want to eat them. I will show you how to decorate them, hang them and store them so that they will last for Christmases to come.


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Pam Phelps

Creative Homemaker, Foodie, Artist, & Crafter


I am a creative homemaker, writer, foodie, recipe creator and crafter. I love to cook and create, and love to  inspire others to cook and be creative as well. I have been teaching, writing, blogging  and sharing recipes and crafts for over 20 years. My recipes and crafts have been featured in House Beautiful, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Woman's World, Chow Hound, Luvo, The Hoot, Side Chef, Cut Out and Keep, Food Gawker, Craft Gawker and more. You can visit my blog by clicking on the little "world" Icon next to my profile picture, and find more recipes and crafts to enjoy.

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1. Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments: Hi, guys. It's Pam. And they were gonna be making cinnamon salt dough ornaments. A few years ago. I came up with the recipe that combined salto with cinnamon and essential oils to create an ornament that looks and smells just like a real cookie. And so you guys are gonna enjoy thes ornaments. They'll make your house smell wonderful, and you can refresh them every year with essential oils whenever that sent begins to fade. And you can bring that Christmas smell back into your house every season as you bring those ornaments out again. So we're gonna have some fun. I'll show you how I make this recipe and how toe roll out some really fun, cute simple ornaments and how hang them and how to store them. I have some salt dough ornaments that have lasted me over 30 years, and so I'll share some ideas of how to keep them so that they will last quite a while. They make wonderful gifts, and they make wonderful ornaments and are a delightful project to do with your own Children or your grandchildren, or even just by yourself. If you want to bring in a little bit of that seasonal smell and joy you can you can start with these and, um, they're not just for Christmas. Of course. I've made some of these kinds of ornaments for Valentine's Day and for various other little projects here and there. But they are, you know, certainly perfect for Christmas time. So come join me. Let's get our hands dirty and salty. And Dolly Well, let's have some fun together, you guys, I look forward to it and I'll see you in the next class. 2. What you will need to make Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments: So what you're gonna need for the cinnamon salt dough is three cups of all purpose flour and one cup of cinnamon ground one cup of salt. I like to get these items from the dollar store and get them as cheap as possible because they don't need to be, ah, high quality for these ornaments, and then you'll need 1.5 cups to one on 3/4 cups of water and about 20 to 30 drops of essential oils. Such a cinnamon bark or clover. My favorite, as I've said before Christmas spirit or some orange or tangerine and then what you're gonna need to make. The ornament is a rolling pin, some cookie cutters, sub whole peppercorns for the eyes, and you can use them for the buttons to ribbon and glitter, glue buttons, paperclips, draws or toothpicks, a cookie sheet and some parchment paper. And so to hang the ornaments, you're gonna need to have either some hooks or put some holes into the salt dough itself. And I've done bowl. I think both can be really cute. Um, in order to make holes in the ornaments, you could use a straw, which was one of your under list of ingredients, and it makes a perfect little circle into the ornament. And, um, for the little or ornaments, I'll use a toothpick. And I don't wanna put a big hole in those soldiers A smaller, you know, instrument like a toothpick. And you can you actually even bake the toothpick in it keeps the whole open a little bit, and, um, and then the other thing I like to do is I like to put some hooks in there and I just use paper clip. I want to show you real quick how I just clipped paperclips in half or even into third to make the perfect little hook for the door ornaments. And I just use this handy little Leatherman type tool to clip these. It's a real quick and simple little trick that I thought I'd share with you guys. And but let's go make some dope 3. Mix it, Roll it, Cut it, Bake it: so we'll go ahead and get started by preparing a cookie sheet with parchment paper. And then we'll put our three cups of flour into the bowl along with a cup of salt in a cup of cinnamon. We're just gonna mix and stir that until it's completely combined. You'll come up with a nice, perfectly even light brown color, no white showing, no dark brown showing. And then I'm gonna go ahead and add my essential oils to the water. I've got that one in 3/4 cup of water. Set aside, but first I want to take about about 1/4 a cup of the flour mixture and set it to the side to use as something I could little my dough out on when I want to roll it out. So I begin to put the, um, water and essential oils mixture into the flour. Make sure and just stir until my dough begins to come together a little at a time, and then I'll need it. And I like a mixture that feels like it's not sticky, but it's flexible and easy to work with and like to need that for about five minutes to get all the air bubbles out of it, and then I'm ready to roll it out. Now I'll be sure to put the flour and cinnamon mixture down before I start to roll it out so it doesn't stick, and I roll it out real nice. Get all those lines out to about 1/4 of an inch in thickness, and then go ahead and cut out your shapes that you like and you can place him in the pan. Or you can go ahead and put some of your holes in them if you want to do that now, like I showed you a little earlier in the last lesson and this store rolls out, rolls out really nicely a second time. It doesn't harden up, but I do keep it in the refrigerator in a Ziploc bag. When I have rolled out a batch and I'm finishing that batch, I'll put extra into the black bag and store refrigerated. It'll store nicely for about three or four days, so now we're gonna go ahead and do is decorate the eyes and put some hooks in some of these little guys. And I like to put peppercorns in for eyes you could probably use cloves if you wanted to. And I've done a lot of these that were really primitive with just the clothes for eyes and buttons and a little scarf. And I've also done, you know, with glitter and ribbons and buttons and anything else I happened tohave to decorate him. So now we're gonna go ahead and put those paperclip hooks into their heads, and you'll want to go ahead and, um, straighten him out when you need to. Their little heads get me shaped a little bit sometimes when you're putting those hooks in them, and sometimes I put the hooks in the sides in their hands as well. And then I can make little little wall hanging with three of them tied hand a hand that really cute that way, too. So I just have one more thought. As a side note, I wanted to mention that the cinnamon essential oil can be, ah, hot oil. So if you happen to have sensitive skin, you might want to think about wearing gloves or just check and see if it if it bothers you at all. And with that said, let's go ahead and put these in the oven. You should have your oven preheated to 300 degrees, and you can bake them about 45 minutes to an hour. You just want them to be fully hardened and dried, and once they baked, will let them cool and then we'll decorate. 4. Decorate: Let's decorate these little guys. One of the things I'm doing now is, um, after the ornament has cooled, I go ahead and put some essential oils directly over them to bring back that rich color that they had before they were baked. Sometimes when they bake the lighten up just a little bit, and I like them to have that rich brown color that they started out with. And you can do that periodically over the years to to refresh the scent for a nice Christmassy sent every season. So we're gonna go ahead and tie a nice little scarf around this little guy's neck. Amusing ribbon. This time, I've often used some ripped checkered material that looks real cute rustic, and I just also like to add a little bit of baking twine to the top to make a nice, convenient way to hang the ornament up. But it's also makes look almost like a cute little bow on top of its head, so you could add that on there and trim up the excess when you're done and what I trim the ribbon. I like to trim it in a triangular manner that makes it look you know, just more like a scarf. Next, I'm gonna go ahead and take my glitter glue and I'm going Teoh, clean off the tip of it so and shake it good to get the air bubbles out, and I'm going to put it on there like frosting. You can use glitter glue, or you can use, um, clothing or fabric glue that has glitter in it and all that works well, nicely. It makes it a nice frosting. Look to it and it dries. Sparkles. Next, we're gonna go ahead and add a little bit of hair and some glitter glue where we're gonna put some buttons and we'll put those on their real carefully. I'm real careful. Not Teoh. Get my well scarf into that glitter glue and put the other button on there and let it dry and it came out really cute. Now, a lot of times I will put glitter directly onto the wet glue and, you know, creator extra glitter on there, and I'll also put salt on there, and it makes it look a little bit like sugared candy or sugared cookies. And so that's a real fun little thing you could do. Is well, And then to store these, I just keep him in an airtight container and put them with my ornaments for the year. And they will last you a good long time if you keep them dry and you keep him from getting crushed. Well, thank you so much for joining me, you guys. And I hope you had as much fun as I have making these dough ornaments. And may you and your family have a wonderful Christmas in a wonderful year.