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DIY Cinnamon Ornaments and Gift Tags

header photo templateAren’t you tired of those cheesy store bought gift tags with the sad little snow flake or poinsettia leaves on them?  Don’t you want to wow your gift recipients not only with that perfect gift that they’ve been dreaming of, but with a bonus personalized memento that also shows off your gift wrapping skills? (yeah you are that kick-ass awesome) Then why not try out these cute, easy-to-make cinnamon clay gift tags that can double as ornaments once the “Great Wrapping Paper War of 2014″ a.k.a Christmas day is over. 

This project is inspired by holiday ornaments I made in elementary school (Thanks Mrs. Stamper!) which means that they are ridiculously easy and a great project to do with your kids. Plus they’ll have your whole house smelling like cinnamon-y, holiday goodness!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups Applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon Glue
  • Holiday shaped cookie cutters
  • 1 Drinking straw
  • Rolling pin
  • Holiday inspired rubber stamps


  • 1 tablespoon of Pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, ground nutmeg or clove (for extra smell goods!)
  • 1 tablespoon Glitter (red, green, silver, gold) or glitter glue for sparkle

Makes 10-12 ornaments/giftags


Mix cinnamon, glue, applesauce and optional spices and glitter into a mixing bowl and mix well.  

BOOM. Dough! See how easy that was? 


Roll dough into a ball. The dough should be soft and pliable (like playdoh) but not super tacky -meaning if your hands are covered in cinnamon when rolling it around it is too wet, add more cinnamon. 

Using the rolling pin, roll the dough flat as if you were making cookies. 


Resist the urge to taste the dough AS IF you were making cookies. There’s glue in there and eating paste after 4 years of age isn’t cool. 


Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Using the drinking straw, making a hole in each shape for hanging. Use rubber stamps to imprint holiday greeting onto each one! If you are extra fancy (which I know you are!) get a set of individual letter stamps and spell out people’s names or “To:/From:” on them.

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Lay flat on foil or wax paper and let dry overnight. If you are in a rush, you can bake the ornaments at 300F for 10-20 minutes to dry. 

Once they are dry, insert ribbon or twine into the holes, hang on your christmas tree or attach to gifts. I guarantee your friends and family will love them!. If stored in a dry place, they last forever… I still have mine from elementary school and I’m *indecipherable mumble* years old. 


 Enjoy and spread the holiday cheer you christmas elf you!


  1. Love these – I can smell them from here! Pinned and happy holidays 😀

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