Here is our second round of cinnamon ‘n’ spice ornaments! We had so much fun coming up with ways to decorate using botanicals. Check out my other post Cinnamon ‘n’ Spice Ornaments Craft Style for full instruction on how to make this aromatically stimulating craft. Trust me these are easy, stimulate a lot of imagination in kids and smell amazing! You won’t be disappointed.
We found that using herbs to decorate worked best in two different ways:
- First, if you want to press the botanical into the ornament while it is wet, like with cloves or rose buds, it is best to leave the ornament in the cookie cutter while you and placing the botanical. Otherwise the dough kinda of falls apart and then you have to start all over again.
- Second, you can simply glue the herb to the ornament once it is dry. This worked best for star anise, lavender blossoms and hawthorn berries. A hot glue is the best choice for attaching large pieces while you can use school glue for small things like lavender blossoms.
My little one tried her hand at carving a shape. It was a good experiment.
Unfortunately, it did hold together as well as the ornaments we cut out with cookie cutter.
For this one we pressed cloves around the edge and then let the ornament dry before hot gluing a lovely star anise in the center.
I love little baby rose buds, don’t you?
These all had little stems that we pressed into the dough.
This was super easy. Once the ornament was dry we covered the top with a thin layer of white glue and pressed lavender blossoms all around the top. I think this would be lovely done with something like anise seeds too.
Decorated by my sweetie with hawthorn berries and cloves.
Kids love to decorate gingerbread people!
Another creation. This one has a bit of star anise for a smile.
The two gingerbread people are “married” according to their little creator.
Christmas tree complete with a shining star on top!
We love crafting for the holidays! Do you enjoy making things with your kids? I would love to hear about it!