A friend of mine just recently had a bit of miscommunication with a family member over the making of some applesauce. While she was away from home she had asked that ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon be added, but ¼ cup was added instead. Of course, this makes for quite a spicy applesauce and some people wouldn’t want to eat it. It reminded me of a great homemade ornament recipe I’ve been meaning to try with my kids.
With the Christmas tree already up and mostly trimmed, I figured it was the perfect time to add a bit of a homemade touch. We were inspired to make these homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments and I wanted to share my recipe with you. May the making and hanging of these ornaments bring love to your home and help keep you happy and healthy into the new year.
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
- 1.5 ounces beeswax pastilles (find them here)
- 1 cup applesauce (learn to make homemade applesauce)
- 1.5 cups ground cinnamon (you can mix in some other great spices as you wish – cardamom, nutmeg, and allspice are great) – get large containers of cinnamon here
- zest from 1 orange
- Stir the beeswax and applesauce together in a small pot over medium heat until the beeswax melts.
- Remove from heat.
- Add the zest from one orange.
- Stir in the spices.
- Your mix should be dough-like. Sometimes it can be too wet and you may need to add more ground cinnamon.
- Knead the dough while it cools and then spread it out to a ¼-inch thickness. Do not go thinner as the ornaments will crack and break.
- Using holiday cookie cutters, make various shapes. Be sure to poke a hole at the top of each ornament for hanging.
- Lay these out on a cooling rack lined with parchment to dry. They will need 3-4 days to dry and harden.
- Once dry, add a ribbon and hang or paint with decorations. NOTE: Don’t completely cover with paint or you won’t get much scent when hung on the tree.
Benefits of Cinnamon in Ornaments
Besides just looking and smelling nice, these ornaments actually have some benefits for our health!
Cinnamon is the inner bark of the Cinnamomum genus. There are a number of species, including the common cassia that we get at the grocery store. They are all high in volatile oils which makes them smell and taste so good in our holiday baking.
When we make this spice into an ornament that will presumably be heated by the lights of our tree, that telltale holiday smell wafts across the room. In that scent there is some potent medicinal benefit. Cinnamon is known to be antibacterial and is often used in respiratory ailments. When its chemicals are warmed and released into the air, cinnamon can help prevent that obnoxious holiday cold that some of us tend to get.
The scent of cinnamon is also believed to attract wealth and well-being. It is often included in herbal love formulas. It certainly gives a loving feeling to the home when it is present.
More than just Tree Ornaments
These homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments can be tied to your gift packaging, added to the tree, given away as gifts, and more. Perhaps you can make this a new family tradition!
Do you make any homemade ornaments?