Monday, November 24, 2008

Whee!! It's a Carnival!

The venerable Antique Mommy is hosting Homemeade Handmade Holiday Carnival. Because I desire to emulate her in every possible way, I am participating. Because I can't seem to keep track of the dadgum camera, you will have to use your imagination. In your imagination, I should be tall and lithe, dressed for comfort, but looking effortlessly fashionable. I am working in an immaculate kitchen surrounded by my seraphic children who never shove, interrupt or "toot the booty-horn". Now that you've joined me in Fantasy Land, let's make some ornaments!

Here's what you need:
Christmas cookie cutters
drinking straw
3/4c ground cinnamon
2T ground cloves
1T ground nutmeg
1T ground allspice
1c applesauce

Glitter glue in assorted colors
1/8" ribbon, gold or silver cord or yarn to hang ornaments
buttons, rickrack, google eyes, or whatever crafty things you have lying around.

Here's what you do:

Mix spices together well. Gradually add applesauce to make a stiff dough. All of the applesauce may not be needed.

Dust the table with cinnamon. Roll dough to 1/4" thickness and cut into various shapes. Use the straw to make a hole for a hanging ribbon. Use spatula to carefully transfer ornaments to an ungreased cookie sheet. Take the leftover dough, ball it up, roll it out and keep cutting ornaments until you've used it all up.

Heat your oven to its lowest setting (170º-200º or so). Place cookie sheet(s) in the oven. Turn the ornaments once an hour until they are completely dry.

Now, decorate away! Use the glitter glue to embellish your ornaments or to affix buttons, rickrack and whathaveyou. Tie a length of ribbon or cord through the hole and you have a lovely ornament with a great spicy scent.

Wasn't that fun? Want to have more fun? GO HERE!


  1. Oooh that sounds good n' messy. Little boy will love it. And might I just say you look fabulous? So lithe. I had no idea you were so tall..

  2. You look mahvelous dahling!

    My very favourite Christmas ornament making memory (and there are plenty) are of making dough ornaments and then decorating them with my Granny Bobby. I've never tried the spice and applesauce dough, but it does smell delicious.

    I can't wait to try these with Jake.

  3. I'm sorry, I couldn't get to the ornament part because I was cracking up over the "toot the booty horn" part. I must say, I've never heard that, but if you don't mind, I'm sure I'll borrow the comment to use on my family. Trust me they can toot the booty horn with the best of them!!

  4. hahahahah, you are great, got to add you to my list of peoples to read...I'm in OKie-homa too!

  5. This is exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for. Im thinking tomorrow will be perfect.

    I'm trying to imagine how applesauce becomes the dough. I guess the spices make it all come together.

  6. And your hair! you never mentioned how fabulous your hair looks in that lighting!

    I now need to go to the dollar store and buy some cookie cutters and cheap crafty stuff. This looks like so much fun!

  7. Sounds like a good family project! And thanks for the super kind comment on my blog -- Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

  8. This will be a great craft to do this week, with all the kids at home. We love using our cookie cutters! It will be like play doh, only better!

  9. Girl, I'm falling out of my chair over the "toot the booty-horn" comment!!!

    Found you via Antique Mommy - I have indeed made the cinnamon ornaments with applesauce (in my past life, when I had kids at home) and they aren't hard to make and DO smell terrific!