I wanted to share these tips from Renae Wortz at Mom Colored Glasses with natural decorations you can make at home. They are eco-friendly and fun party activities.
Trim a Natural and Fragrant Christmas Tree with these Easy DIY Ornaments
Cut-out Cinnamon “Cookie” Ornaments
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of cinnamon oil (you can find this in the baking section of the grocery store)
1 cup of water
Christmas cookie cutters
Ribbon (for ornament hanger)
Miscellaneous craft supplies (optional)
First, mix all the dry ingredients together with a spoon.
Add the cinnamon oil and then the water, pouring in a little at a time. You want it to be similar to the consistency of cut-out sugar cookie dough – well-formed, not crumbly but not too tacky to the touch. You will want to taste the dough because it smells so good, but TRUST ME! While it is non-toxic, it does not taste very good! Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours.
Due to an especially crafty urge, a smattering of the Christmas spirit and the fact that my two-year-old was taking a lengthy snooze, I decided to create a few more ornaments while waiting for the dough to firm-up in the fridge.
I recently came across this idea on (none other than) Martha Stewart’s website for making dried orange slice ornaments. Eureka! Natural and Yummy-Smelling! All you do is slice up a few oranges into 1/4-inch rounds and bake them in a 175 degree oven for 4 hours. I sliced up a few and popped them in the oven. That was easy!