Cinnamon Dough Garland with Happy Hour Projects

I’m so excited to have my good friend Adrianne here today!  She is such a sweet, crafty person.  I’m sure most of you have been to her blog but if you haven’t… go check her out!  Happy Hour Projects is her super inspirational blog, leave her some comment love {everyone love that}.
Take it away Adrianne!
Good morning Seven Alive readers!  Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects here, to share a classic holiday craft with you for Kadie’s Tutorial Tuesday: a cinnamon dough garland.  It’s simple, your kids can help, and it makes your house smell wonderful for the whole holiday season!

Because cinnamon is a natural preservative, these can last for several Christmas seasons, as long as they are stored with the same care as other potentially fragile ornaments.  Ready to get started?  All you need is:

  • Cinnamon (a whole 4 oz. bottle)
  • Applesauce (3/4 c. to 1 c.)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters
  • A Straw (for poking holes)
  • Wire Rack (for drying)
  • Optionally, a baking sheet to speed the drying process
This should yield at least a dozen cutouts with regular cookie-sized cutters.  I made 16 from my batch – but that will vary depending on the shape and size cutters you use, and how thick you roll your dough.

To make cinnamon dough, mix a 4 – oz. bottle of cinnamon (yes, the whole thing) with 3/4 – 1 c. of applesauce.  You might want to reserve a couple tablespoons of it aside to “flour” your dough with if you find that it’s a little bit sticky when you roll it out.  It will also depend on how “wet” your applesauce is as to just how much you will need, so add 1/2 cup first and stir it up, and add it a tablespoon or two at a time until you have a nice stiff dough.  All it needs to do is stick together as dough – it should be fairly dry.

Roll it out like you would do for cookies.  I rolled mine between sheets of wax paper to keep things clean. 😉 But use the method you like best!

Once it’s 1/4 inch thick, cut your shapes with cookie cutters.  I made gingerbread men and snowflakes both.  If you want to see how the gingerbread men turned out, I invite you to come visit my post about them at my blog!  You’ll want to poke a hole in them for hanging now, before you dry them.  I found that a straw worked really well.

Now, you can either air-dry them for several days, or to speed things up, bake them in a very low oven (150F) for an hour on each side.  If you opt to let them air-dry, you’ll want to turn them about twice a day, so they dry evenly.

If you opt to bake them, set them on a wire rack to finish drying.  Mine needed another couple hours or so to harden totally.

Once they are dry, you can add a string and hang them!  I’ve been enjoying their wonderful scent since I made them.  It really does smell like the holidays are coming!

Thanks so much for having me here today, Kadie!


  1. I love this idea! I’d have to put it up high enough so my dogs wouldn’t eat it though!! haha

  2. Okay, I have never heard of the between waxed paper trick – wow, that is definitely going to use. These look really great and just the kind of holiday decorating I like to do.

  3. I haven’t done this in years, I see a weekend of cinnamon dough coming up!

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