DIY- Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments


Its been a long time coming. I grew up with a mom of many trades and talents. No one ever has and no one (who knows her) ever will tell her she can’t do something. She is now a best-selling author with a radio show but she was once- get ready… an interior decorator, basketball coach, children’s clothing designer, crafty and amazing sewer, television host.. and the list goes on and on. I say all this to explain why I just can’t seem to stick to just one thing. Food is and will always be my passion, my stress-reliever, my go to hobby and love but I am GET THIS- CRAFTY! (I use that term lightly)


Now I am not saying I am great at it but I am getting there and with a little time and practice like most things I think I could actually call myself crafty and mean it! As soon as I saw this picture in real simple magazine of a cute little star ornament on a Christmas package I was immediately hooked. It was clever and simple and exuded such a natural vibe l that I knew I must include these babies on my pretty little Christmas gifts. My son had a ball making his own ornaments for his friends gifts, anyone want a monster truck or chevy pickup ornament? I have plenty:)



I am not the best wrapper but when you have the right supplies, anything can happen. After all, its the most magical, wonderful time of the year!


DIY- Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament and Package Decorations
  • 1½ - cups store bought applesauce
  • 1½ - cups cinnamon + more for dusting
  • ⅛ - cup tacky glue
  1. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If the “dough” is too dry, add more applesauce; if it is too wet, add more cinnamon.
  2. Roll out the dough to about ⅛ inch thick. Cut out different shapes by using cookie cutters and using cinnamon instead of flour for dusting.
  3. Don't forget to add the holes while the dough is wet. Lay ornaments on foil-covered pan and place in the oven on 170 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let dry for 24-48 hours.


  1. Katie Perkinson

    So glad that these are doable! I bet the smell divine!

  2. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    I have wanted to make these for the longest time! Very nice.

  3. Catherine

    These are lovely. xo Catherine

  4. Eva Taylor

    What a deceiving photo, they actually look like they could be eaten! So pretty and festive, I love the ribbons and papers you’ve chosen and the little DIY is just the perfect thing to top of those pretty presents.

  5. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Woah, now that’s a unique ornament!

  6. Mandy

    What an awesome idea and so beautiful Belle.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Just applesauce and cinnamon powder? wow..didn’t know these were this simple. They look awesome, Jess.

  8. kitchen flavours

    These are really cute and pretty! Who would have known that they are made from just apple sauce, cinnamon and glue! Simply amazing!

  9. lena

    this is the most unique self made ornament i have seen!

  10. 2 Sisters Recipes

    WOW how cool is this? Only 2 ingredients to make these ? OMG I want to meet your MOM!
    NOT only is SHe a GENIUS !… but the kind of woman whom I look up to with great admiration!
    How lucky are you? … and we definitely see where you get the good genes from. Have a great week!
    LOVE this ornaments!! xoxo Anna and Liz

  11. Liz

    I am SO not crafty, but I think I could make these adorable ornaments! What a cute idea for jazzing up a gift!

  12. Mary Frances

    These are brilliant! Your kitchen must smell wonderful right now, and it’s so great that you can do this as a project with small kids, what a great tradition!

  13. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Who knew you could make these with applesauce?? How cute!

  14. nancy at good food matters

    I am sure that your very talented mom is just as proud of all your accomplishments! sweet and simple crafting idea for holiday wrapping—which is not one of my strong points

  15. Mary

    all this means you’re very creative – like your mom! your ornaments are gorgeous – such fun:)

  16. K / Pure & Complex

    Jessica, just w hen I thought you couldn’t top yourself. I am loving this DIY. It’s simple and so darn cute. Thanks for posting this

  17. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Wow I’ve never heard of such a thing! Cute!

  18. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Your hearts are so, so pretty and a very clever addition to holiday packages. Glad to know they are doable.

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