A Scented Gingerbread Man DIY Ornament

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When I started brainstorming holiday projects to make this season, at the very top of my list was my Aunt Kim’s scented Christmas ornaments.

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This DIY ornament is fast and cheap, and the materials are all from the dollar store.

Supplies:
2 – 3oz containers of ground cinnamon
2- 1/2 cup apple sauce packs
cookie cutter
ribbon
– yields 6 ornaments depending on cookie cutter

Start by mixing the apple sauce and cinnamon into a thick paste, kneading it until smooth. After 10-15 minutes it comes together into a damp sand consistency.

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After it’s fully mixed, roll the dough out as you would with cookies and cut the dough into shapes using the cookie cutters of your choosing.  Using a pencil, form a hole for the ribbon to be looped through for hanging – to keep the shape, pierce the ornament for the ribbon while the cookie cutter is still in place.  Let the ornaments dry on a flat surface for at least 72 hours, flipping each over every 24 hours.

Once dry, I used a white puffy paint to add buttons and gingerbread man details to complete the traditional design.   This is totally optional – but I love the way they all turned out!

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These ornaments smell wonderful – it’s their main appeal.  The tree at my parents has had the same set of cinnamon ornaments for as long as I can remember and the ornaments still smell great.

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Finally, a shoutout to my Aunt Kim, the original crafter of these ornaments.  She is one of my very first DIY inspirations and has more talent than I could ever hope for!  Her abilities to make homemade gifts, accessories, and crafts has always amazed me and I am sure there are more Aunt Kim inspired projects to come.  More on her and her craftiness then.

Enjoy!

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