- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1-1/2 cup ground cinnamon (look for the cheap, off-brand stuff, you aren’t gonna eat it)
- 2 tablespoons craft glue, optional (I think this makes the ornaments a bit more sturdy, but you can do without it)
- Mixing bowl
- Drinking straw
- Plastic wrap
- Rolling pin
- Baking racks and baking sheets
- Cookie cutters
- Oven, food dehydrator, or just a spot out-of-the-way (for drying)
- Glitter, puffy paints, rhinestones, etc. for decorating, optional
- Ribbon or hooks for hanging
- Mix the applesauce, cinnamon, and glue in a mixing bowl. You’ll probably need to stir with your hands, as a spoon won’t get the job gone. Add more applesauce or cinnamon if needed – you want the dough to be a touch dry, but it still needs to hold together when you roll it out. When the dough can be formed into a ball, you are done mixing. Wash your hands.
- Place 1/3 of the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap, and use the rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4″ – 1/3″ thick.
- Remove the top layer of plastic wrap and use cookie cutters to cut out ornaments. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Use the straw to poke holes for hanging in each ornament.
- There are three methods that work for drying the ornaments:
- Pop the ornaments on a baking rack on top of a baking sheet in a 200° oven for about 2-1/2 hours until the ornaments are dry and hard. This is the fastest method, but it also results in a little bit of curling and bubbling.
- Place the ornaments on the racks of a food dehydrator, and dry at the highest setting for about 6 hours.
- You can easily just put these ornaments on baking racks and dry them in an out-of-the-way place. This method takes a few days, and obviously works best in dry climates (I wouldn’t try this method at the beach house in Florida).
- When the ornaments are completely dry and cooled, buff the edges with fine-grit sandpaper (optional). Decorate however you’d like, then string the ornaments on a ribbon. Write the year on the back with a Sharpie.