Easy Homemade Decorations

December 4, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

Just in case you're feeling especially crafty this weekend, here are two project ideas for homemade decorations.

Cinnamon-Scented Cookie Ornaments from Natural Home

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These fragrant cookies smell yummy, but—though nontoxic—they are not good for snacking.

You will need:

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup salt
• 1/2 cup ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon oil (increase amount for more fragrant cookies more)
• 1 cup water
• Parchment paper or silicone mat

Mix
dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add water gradually
and stir continuously until completely absorbed. Knead for a few
minutes. Chill, covered, for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator before
proceeding.

Roll dough flat on parchment paper to a 1/4-inch
thick. Cut designs with a cookie cutter or freehand with a small knife.
Pierce a hole in the top with the end of a chopstick. 

Place
cookies on a parchment paper. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 to 3 hours
(convection ovens speed the process). Remove when very firm and set
aside to cool. Thread with string or ribbon and hang.

Pomander Ball from Outofthewoods on Instructables

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1. Gather supplies
You will need:
1 Medium-sized orange

Whole cloves (1-2 ounces per orange)

Piercing tool (a paper piercer or ice pick work well)

Ribbon
Paper towel or napkins

Note: whole cloves can be kind of expensive to buy in the spice aisle at
a grocery store. I buy them from a health food store that sells bulk
spices, or you can buy them online.

2. Tie ribbon around orange
Cross-tie the ribbon around the orange. Following the below directions (see the original article for photos for each step):

  • Center ribbon on the top of the orange
  • Hold ribbon in place and turn orange over
  • Cross the ribbon and pull it tight against the orange
  • Turn orange over and bring ribbon together at top
  • Tie a bow


3. Poke holes
Using
the piercing tool, poke holes in the exposed skin of the orange. This
might get a little juicy, so do it over the napkin or paper towel. Keep
the holes spaced fairly far apart.


4. Insert cloves
Insert cloves into the holes. They don't need to be that close together, because the orange will shrink as it dries.


5. Done!

The orange will dry out over the next week and will shrink, but it will continue to smell wonderful for years to come!

I've only ever made pomanders, and that was several years ago. But one of my former roommates had cinnamon ornaments, and they smelled & looked wonderful on our tree.

Have you ever made either of these? Or do you have another favorite homemade decoration to share?

(images from Natural Home and Instructables)

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