The smell of cinnamon is a wonderful accent for the holidays. Author Brenda Hyde provides us with some great recipes for cinnamon crafts to enjoy or give as gifts.
Cinnamon reflects a cozy winter home
Mulled tea bags
Cut two five inch squares out of the cheese cloth. Place 1/2 of your tea ingredients on one square, and the other 1/2 on the second one. Bring the corners together and tie into a bag with the string.
Place the teabags into a mug, with these instructions:
To brew place one tea bag in a mug and 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 5 minutes and enjoy!
If you wish you can also include a small jar of honey, an antique spoon (easily found at a thrift store), 2 cinnamon sticks for stirring and a novel to enjoy reading while drinking. Santa cinnamon sticks
Paint Santa's hat on a 1/2 inch space at the top of the stick, using textured paint for ball and trim. For face, paint 3/4 below the hat using peach or cream paint, paint eyes black and cheeks pink. Lastly use texture paint and the stiff brush to paint eyebrows and the beard.
These make charming gift toppers, or additions to gift baskets and flower arrangements.
Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
You will need:
These are not edible because of the glue. Mix together well, roll out and cut your shapes. Poke a hole at the top of each one for hanging before they dry. Put them on a wire rack for about a week and let them dry, turning them over about once a day.
Mix together to form a stiff dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Make hole at top of ornaments on rack to dry. Let dry 1-2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally. Hang with decorative thread, ribbon or natural raffia. Makes 12-15 ornaments.
To make a centerpiece glue together two cinnamon sticks, then top with two more, gluing the four of them together. Glue dried flowers to the top of the sticks to decorate, but don't overwhelm. Tie a few pieces of raffia around the middle of the sticks and flowers to form a bow with a few ends hanging slightly off the piece.
Place one in front of each place setting during your holiday meal. Guests can then take home their cinnamon craft.
Cinnamon stick candle holder
Measure the height of your holder, and add 1/2 inch. This is the length you will need to cut your cinnamon sticks. Cover the holder completely with tape. Hot glue does not adhere well to glass, so this will give you a good surface to glue to. Glue each stick vertically to the holder, making sure they are placed evenly, until the entire surface is covered.
Use like this, or decorate with raffia, or other small holiday decorations.