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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Easy Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

Creating Easy Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments with kids is fun and easy when you use any holiday cookie cutters you have on hand. Christmas ornament ideas don't get much more creative than this. Best of all, they smell great so your home will be filled with Christmas cheer. It'll be hard resisting the urge to eat these ornaments, but once you see how great they look on your tree, you'll want to display them instead. DIY Christmas ornaments often become keepsakes, so save this project for next year (and many more years to come).

Easy Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

Materials:

  • Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint
    • 65000 White
    • 65032 Leaf Green
    • 65141 Bright Red
  • Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
  • Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Crystals™
    • TR325 Crystal 4mm
  • Ribbon, to Hang Ornaments
  • Drinking Straw
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Cinnamon
  • Wax Paper
  • Applesauce
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • Measuring Cup
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Wire Rack
  • Bowl
  • Cloves
  • Plastic Food Wrap
  • Nutmeg
  • Rolling Pin

 

Ornament Recipe:

  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce, drained
  • 2 tbsp glue

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue. Mix well with hands until mixture is smooth and well combined.
     
  2. Place wax paper down onto work surface.
     
  3. Roll one quarter of dough between two pieces of wax paper until about ¼” thick.
     
  4. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters, etc.
     
  5. Cut holes for hanging using straw or similar object.
     
  6. Dry on wire rack for several days, turning daily to keep from curling. Option - dry in a 250 degree F oven until hard.
     
  7. For stones, squeeze out a dot of Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint slightly smaller than size of stone. Place stone into paint and gently press so paint comes up and around stone.
     
  8. Refer to photo when decorating ornaments. Start flow of paint on a paper towel, applying an even pressure on bottle for a smooth line. Create polka dots or lines using different colors. Let dry completely.
     
  9. Cut ribbon to desired length. Run through hole and knot at end of ribbon.

 

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This is a great idea! Has anyone made these using cinnamon oils? I am wondering if that would be too much to make the finished product not set up or bake completely or be oily to the touch. Since the cinnamon frangrance holds up for many years anyway, might not be a needed option, but was just curious if it could be used. You could also glue on fabric scraps or ricrac or ribbon trim as decor in addition to the paint! Fun project idea!

Made these when my grandson was about 3 years old. He is now 18 and I still hang them on my tree. You can still smell the cinn. but it is starting to fade. Can't believe they still have the cinn. smell after all these years.

Have made these for years and have never thought of using paint on them. I usually add statis or baby's breath and ribbon to decorate mine. I have also used heart shapes and then tied them together with ribbon to mimic the attached candles and wooden ornaments popular in the country phaze in the 90s (I stiil have mine and am not letting them go!).

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