DIY: Gingerbread Ornaments

This has been my favourite ornament to make ever! My mom, brother and I made these when we were young. I still love them and they’re so easy to do. It’s a great craft to do with kids.

My favourite is the angel cut out, and then the teddy bears. We also did a Christmas tree and an Easter egg (I guess we just wanted to tell the full story of Jesus from manger to cross 🙂 )

Here’s the recipe on how to make Gingerbread Ornaments:

1 cup applesauce

1 1/2 cup cinnamon

1/3 cup nontoxic white glue

In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients to form a ball. Refrigerate for 30 minutes min. (you can chill it overnight). To prevent sticking, sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on cutting board and roll out the dough ball to 1/4″ thickness. (It’s important they’re thick or the ornament will be too fragile.) Cut out with cookie cutter of your choice like Christmas trees, Angels, Snowflakes, Bears, Stars etc. Take a plastic straw and punch a hole at the top of each cookie (for the hook). Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and bake at 200F for 1 hour. For a no-bake option, you can place shapes on a cooling rack and let dry for about 2 days. When the color has changed from deep brown to light brown, they’re ready. Loop a ribbon, pipe cleaner, wire or hook through the hole to make an ornament (or string them together like we did).

Makes: approx. 30 cookies.

Have fun decorating them! We used glitter glue for the designs.

This is also a great craft to do in your dorm room with the no-bake option. Merry Christmas!


Easy-to-make Gingerbread Ornament String

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