- 1 cup apple sauce
- 1 cup cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons craft glue
- cookie cutters
- large needle
1) Mix together 1 cup of cinnamon, 1 cup apple sauce and 2 tablespoons of craft glue to create a dough. The dough should be the consistence of cookie dough so I added a apple sauce and cinnamon to adjust the mixture.
2) I rolled the dough out on my work surface and cut out my cinnamon pieces using the cookie cutter. I used the large needle to poke a hole in the middle of each piece so that I could string them together later. For this project I used just one cookie cutter, a rounded scalloped design. I think it makes the garland look more cohesive, but you could vary your shapes. The goal for each piece was about 1/8th inch, which seems to work best for this project. Once the “cookies” have been rolled out I dried them using the food dehydrator set on medium. It took a few hours to dry them using the food dehydrator, but I have also had success in the past air drying over a few days.
3) Once the cinnamon pieces had a chance to dry I used my string and needle to create the garland. I cut a 5′ 10” piece of string (a little extra to get a 5′ garland) and made a knot at the opposite end. As I pushed each cinnamon piece onto the string I made a knot to hold it into place. Each piece should be surrounded by 2 knots preventing it from shifting. I used a ruler to keep the spacing even 4-6 inches seems to work for me.
Once I finished stringing the piece I hung it over my fireplace. When the fireplace is on the warmth from it heats the cinnamon pieces and a delightful cinnamon scent spreads throughout the room.
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