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Aromatic Garland

Posted by  ·  November 17, 2008  ·  Last Updated: November 17, 2008

Today I mixed up a batch of cinnamon dough to make a Give Thanks garland.   To make the cinnamon dough, mix 1 bottle (4.25 ounces) of cinnamon with about 3/4 to 1 cup applesauce.  I rolled the dough out about 1/4 inch thick between sheets of plastic wrap. The plastic wrap really makes it easy!  I used 3 1/2 ” alphabet cookie cutters to cut out the letters and a straw to poke holes in the tops of each letter. Now I was in a hurry so  I placed the cut-outs in a very low oven (150 degrees) for about 1 hour on each side. I then strung the letters on a thin ribbon.

They really weren’t completely dry—–so I had a couple break when I hung the garland.  I simply hot glued them back onto the ribbon.  If I was going to do this again I might just forgo the holes and hot glue the letters to the ribbon. Either way I am sure it would work better if the letters were completely dry.  This garland does make my kitchen smell delicious!

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  1. Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
    The recipe I have also uses white glue. I think that would help your breakage problem. I can't find it so I was looking at yours.
  2. Terri
    Friday, October 26th, 2012
    When I made this, I used elmers glue in the mixture...it keeps the ornaments lasting longer and stronger.
  3. Thursday, November 4th, 2010
    LOVE this idea! What a great craft that the kids can do. I think we are going to make one for Christmas.
  4. Claudia
    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
    And thank you for your wonderful site!
  5. Claudia
    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
    Hi there again, just one more question, are the figures still eatable???????
  6. Claudia
    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
    Hi, the applesauce in Holland is very liquid and comes mostley out of a jar. Can i use that?? Can you please give me the weights? I don't understand 1 cup and ounces.. Do tou use cinnamon-powder? And the dough must dry in the oven and thén you cut out the figures???? Many greetings from overseas Holland!
  7. Melanie
    Monday, December 7th, 2009
    I like this a lot, it's also great if you substitute some nutmeg, cloves, or allspice for some of the cinnamon.
  8. Darla
    Saturday, March 14th, 2009
    I made these in my pre-K class with the kids. I added a final touch. I mixed elmer's glue and cornstarch to make "royal icing" it turned out beautiful and set quickly. The remaining icing is in a nancy bottle and is still soft enough for use. Looks good enough to eat!
  9. Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    Howwwwwwwwwww cool!

    M ^..^
  10. Monday, November 24th, 2008
    We used to make these as Christmas Ornaments when I was a kid. I LOVE the idea of a garland!! I looked a long time last year for the recipe we used to use, so that I could make them with my daughter, but I couldn't find it in time.

    This year, though - it's on! She's so creative, I can't wait to see what great ideas she will come up with!
  11. Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
    Thanks for sharing this fantastic idea! I linked to it from my post today.

  12. Friday, November 21st, 2008
    What a fabulous idea! If I made ornaments out of these, my neighbors would love it!
  13. Friday, November 21st, 2008
    These are adorable! And from what the readers say, they last for years! I have to get some of those letter cutters and do this with the kids. Thanks for posting this!
  14. Friday, November 21st, 2008
    I have ornaments from 4th grade and i'm 30 now! They were made with only applesauce and cinnamon, but If we make these next week I think I'm gonna add some glue because they are brittle.

    Walmart has an excellent collection of cookie cutters that has the letters, gonna pick them up this weekend.
  15. Friday, November 21st, 2008
    This is great! A few years ago, we did a similar recipes for ornaments for the Christmas tree. Thank yoU!
  16. lulu
    Thursday, November 20th, 2008
    i was so confused about the ingredients & directions. i found this site- SAME THING! wow- who knew applesauce and cinnamon would make a dough!
  17. Thursday, November 20th, 2008
    Woderful idea !!! Clarice
  18. Thursday, November 20th, 2008
    Wait!!! Am I missing something...where is the actual dough recipe. I know we just don' t mix cinnamon with applesauce, right? HELP! Someone e-mail me the instructions so I can make it.
  19. Thursday, November 20th, 2008
    Oh how I wish I had a scratch and sniff monitor!
  20. Thursday, November 20th, 2008
    This is a great idea! - I didn't get a chance to thank you for featuring my site a few weeks ago!! I was so happy to be on your amazing blog. Thanks again.
  21. Wendy
    Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
    I've also seen recipes that add white glue but I'm not sure in what proportion. I think it prevents the "cookies" from cracking and/or crumbling so easy. I've only made mine wih the cinnamon and applesauce but definitely will add glue next time.
  22. Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
    WOW! how fun is this!!!
  23. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    I'll bet it smells all christmasy in your house now! I've never thought of making a garland like that before.
  24. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    I love this! I don't have any alphabet cookie cutters, but I do have Christmas ones, so I think I might try some ornaments. Thanks for the great idea!
  25. shoptalotnan
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Where do you get the abc's cutters? What is the receipe for the dough? I want to do this right away, How wonderufl it must smell!
  26. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    How do you come up with all these creative ideas? I just love this one. I may have to try it for xmas. Thanks for all the great ideas.
  27. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    I haven't made that kind of dough in years, what a great idea.
  28. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    I LOVE this idea! It is beautiful and I bet it smells just wonderful!!!
  29. Leslie
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Ohhh I love this idea!! I think I will use it for Christmas though, as the cinnamon ornaments always remind me of that time of the year. Thanks for the idea!!
  30. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    What a neat idea! I have been searching for alphabet cookie cutters. Where did you find yours?
  31. Kate Drevnick
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Am I missing something? You just mix cinnamon and applesauce?
  32. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    What a darling idea! My 6 y/o would love working on something like this.
  33. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Wonderful idea! I can see a few places to hang this in my home. Don't know that I'll get a Thanksgiving one done, but a Merry Christmas one would be doable.
  34. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Ooh, we make that cinnamon dough all the time! Only, our recipe calls for, like, cups and cups of cinnamon. Ours never turn out nearly as beautifully as yours, either, perhaps on account of the two little girls who comprise two-thirds of my personal workforce!
  35. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Oh how fabulous!!!
  36. A-me
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Seriously just applesauce and cinnamon?
  37. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Oh I love this recipe. Definitely stick with the holes. Once the dough hardens completely, the holes will be just fine. These last for years. Some of mine are more than 10 years old and are still going strong and still smell wonderful!

    I adore the new twist you put on this. Well done!
  38. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    What a great idea! I am going to try this!
    Thanks so much!!
  39. Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    Wow, that is really pretty. I'm sure it smells so good. Great idea!
  40. Monday, November 17th, 2008
    I love this! I've got some Christmas tree ornaments that I made many years ago this way. It is such a treat to open up my box of ornaments and smell the wonderful apple cinnamon.
  41. Monday, November 17th, 2008
    I love those acorn and leaf shapes mixed in with the letters. Great idea!
  42. Monday, November 17th, 2008
    Great garland! Love it!
  43. Monday, November 17th, 2008
    I bet it smells just heavenly!