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Cinnamon Christmas Bird Ornaments

11 December, 2012

There has been an image doing the rounds on Pinterest, of some homemade, cinnamon smelling heart shapes. I am SURE you will have seen them, possibly you are one of the millions of people who re-pinned it. Because it’s genius, no? Who doesn’t want a house smelling like Christmas, and the wondrous smuggity feeling of having created that pong yourself?

(Some people get this same feeling on the Underground. They let one go and the whole carriage is retching, and they are thinking to themselves, all proud, “I did that.”  I SO know who guffed when I look around a crowd like this, Tube Farters nearly always fit into one extreme –  either Mr I Dealt It You Smelt It with the subtly vainglorious posture, or the opposite purple-faced, Wishing They Could Squeeze Out Of The Crack in the Doors mortified soul.)

Putting together some ingredients to fill your home with the heavenly smog of cinnamonny Christmas is a winner, so I got some stuff together and made it happen.

The gorgeous, original recipe is Stateside so calls for applesauce and bulk cinnamon, of which I had access to neither so here is how I did it:

To make 6 birds and 6 hearts you need….

1 huge apple, peeled and cubed

1 35gram pot of ground mixed spice

1 35gram pot of cinnamon

  • Put the apple in a pan along with a table spoon of water, cover and simmer on low until it is totally soft. It doesn’t take long, around 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool then blend using a whizzer/ blender until it is smooth as a babies bum.
  • Stir in your spices, bit by bit. Soon you won’t be able to stir, you’ll need to get in with your hands and knead it. You want it to be totally combined. It will be just like a dark dough. Keep adding more spice until it is super dry, like a biscuit dough.
  • I used one pot of cinnamon and one mixed spice as the pots of mixed spice are dead cheap, but still smell lush.
  • Pop your oven on to Gas Mark 2 to heat up.
  • Roll your dough out, using spice like flour so it doesn’t stick.
  • Cut out your shapes.  (Why, YES, I DID use my home made cookie cutter – of course, you could make any shape your fancied!)
  • Push a skewer through to make a hole for hanging.
  • Put on baking tray, with a light dusting of spice on the bottom.
  • Leave in oven for 1 – 1.5  hours or until completely rock hard. (Mine didn’t take long as we have a really hot fire and brimstone oven from the 50’s)
  • Once they are cool thread them up with some ribbon and hang!
  • I also did a layer of  home made mod podge and glitter, to give them an extra sparkle, the smell is still super strong.

handmade christmas cinnamon decoration birds

Happy Christmas pong creating!

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  • Molly - Mother's Always Right 11 December, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I think I’m going to have to make these at the weekend. I have cloves in oranges and cinnamon sticks in bowls around the house but it’s not smelly enough!

    • lulastic 11 December, 2012 at 9:52 am

      I reckon you need a whole load of things at nose height to fill your home with fumes eh, I need to add a lot more things in!

  • Sarah Harris 11 December, 2012 at 8:27 am

    just one question for a kiwi like me,, how many grams is a pot? thanks 🙂

    • lulastic 11 December, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Excellent question for my lazy self! Have just added it in the post, they are 35gram pots here xxx

  • Kelly Innes (@domesticgoddesq) 11 December, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I believe (though don’t quote me) that American apple sauce is the equivalent of baby puree here. If you were feeling lazy, or had pots to use or didn;t know how to use a peeler. #justsaying

    • lulastic 13 December, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Good call Kelly! Like your thinking xx

  • snozcumber 11 December, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    How Sweet!
    I made some of these a few years ago, but all broken now 🙁
    I got my cinnamon in bulk from an asian food store – it comes in bags (and still so much cheaper than the diddy supermarket jars.) Handy if making LOADS of them!

    • lulastic 13 December, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Yeaaaah, I did have a little rummage in some of my more interesting locals. They had massive bags of every other thing! Lol. Maybe everyone is making these and were are in a cinnamon shortage hehe

  • Jen aka The Mad House 12 December, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I pinned these, but decided that cinnamon was too expensive to use in that quantity! I may have to have a rethink

    • Jen aka The Mad House 12 December, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Plus I live in an area with no asian food stores

      • lulastic 13 December, 2012 at 7:01 pm

        So glad you ended up making them! The way your current decorations are turning out yours will look GORG!

  • CraftsonSea 20 December, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Have made these and am about to blog the results, thank you ever so much! 😀

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