Two favorites when it comes to homemade decorations are cinnamon and baking soda ones. Children love the fun they provide — of course parents and grandparents love them too!
Mix 3/4 cup to 1 cup of applesauce with one 4 ounce bottle of cinnamon. (Discount stores will have cinnamon for as low as 50 cents a bottle) Stir until the mixture becomes stiff. Sprinkle cinnamon on work surface and roll out dough 1/8″ thick. Cut cookie cutters. Use a straw to make a hole at the top for ribbon to go through later. Let dry in a cool place for at least 24 hours. Resist the urge to move or touch or they could crack. Hang with ribbon on your tree or give as gifts.
For a special grandparent gift roll out a batch of the cinnamon and applesauce mixture and cut with a knife into a large circle (about the size of an adult hand). Press your child’s hand into the center. This ornament will take several days to dry. Once hard, place on a plate stand to display.
Baking Soda Ornaments
In a medium saucepan, mix 1-pound box of baking soda (2 cups) with 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 1/4 cups of water.
Stir constantly over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Do not overcook as it may cause it to crack when dried. Remove from heat to a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool.
The dough will be like clay. It can be rolled flat and cut into shapes. Unused clay can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
Dry ornaments overnight. When completely dry, paint the ornament with poster or acrylic paint. When the paint is dry, finish the ornament with a clear coating of clear nail polish or acrylic spray.