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December 19, 2003

Cinnamon Apple Christmas Ornaments


  • 1/2 cup cinnamon

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon white glue


Mix all ingredients together to form a stiff dough. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut with a cookie cutter. Use a straw to make a hole in each ornament for a ribbon hanger. Gently place dough cutouts on a rack to dry for several days. Turn occasionally to keep air circulating evenly and ornaments flat.

- Recipe courtesy of Lynn F. Little, family and consumer sciences educator for the Maryland Cooperative Extension in Washington County




Triangle Elf Ornament


  • Green, pink, red and black construction paper

  • Cotton balls

  • Red yarn

  • White glue

  • Scissors

  • Red and white pipe cleaners

  • Paper clip

  • Hole punch


Cut two identical triangles from green paper with 4-inch bases and 6-inch sides. Cut two green rectangles for arms. Cut a round head and mitten-shaped hands from pink paper. Cut boots from black paper.

Put glue all over one triangle. Put tops of boots in the glue at the bottom of the triangle. Glue the end of an arm about halfway down each side of the triangle. Glue a hand at the end of each arm. Cover the first triangle with the second one.

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Glue the head about 2 inches down from the point of the triangle. (The triangle then forms a hat.) Glue one cotton ball across the top of the head and another at the bottom of the head to make a beard. Punch out eyes from black paper and cheeks and a nose from red paper; glue in place.

Glue pieces of red yarn along the bottom of the triangle to trim the elf's coat. Knot two short pieces of yarn and glue them to the front of the hat to form a tassel. Punch a hole in the top of the hat. String a long piece of yarn through the hole and tie the ends to make a hanger.

Twist two 4-inch pieces of red and white pipe cleaner together to make a candy cane. Tie a yarn bow around the candy cane. Fold the elf's arms around in front to hold the candy cane, and glue them in place. Use a paper clip to hold the arms together until the glue is dry.

- Source: "The Best Holiday Crafts Ever!" by Kathy Ross and Sharon Lane Holm, courtesy of Clear Spring Elementary School art teacher Priscilla Howard

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