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If you've never made cinnamon dough ornaments, you won't believe how easy they are to make. They add a country look to your Christmas tree and the spicy smell of cinnamon to the air. You can paint and decorate them if you'd like, but they also look nice with just a thin red or green ribbon for hanging. Glue a few on a wreath or personalize them and tie them to your presents as gift tags. Hang one or two around a mason jar filled with candy or your homemade jam for a unique gift. Tie a ribbon around a stack of two or 3 of them for sachet... I'm sure you'll think of more ideas!

Here's the entire "recipe".

    3/4 cup applesauce - Canned works best for this.
    4 oz. ground cinnamon - + an extra amount to use when rolling the dough.

    Preparation -
    Mix applesauce with cinnamon to form a stiff but rollable dough. Adjust these amounts depending on the consistency of the applesaauce used. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Use extra cinnamon for rolling the dough, ass you would normally use flour. Cut with cookie cutters. Using a drinking straw, make a hole at the top of each for hanging. Let dry on rack 10 to 12 hours, turning occasionally. Decorate with royal icing or paint with acrylic craft paint if desired. When thoroughly dry you can add coat of clear spray if you wish to preserve them, but they'll lose the nice cinnamon smell. Put a piece of thin ribbon through the hole for hanging.

Go to Ornaments From The Kitchen
at Home Cooking at BellaOnline for more about Cinnnamon Dough Ornaments and Salt Dough Ornaments.
Click on the gingerbread boy.

Homemade Christmas Recipes from FamilyFun.Com has recipes and ideas
for homemade Christmas gifts that are nearly as much fun to make as they are to receive.

Diabetic Lifestyles.Com wants you to Make Decorating for the Holidays a Family Affair. They have directions to make an apple tree with a Styrofoam cone, colorful fresh apples, plus a few sprigs of fresh or artificial greenery, holly, and berries. There's also directions for pomander balls made with fresh apples, oranges or tangerines plus cloves and spices.

Learn how to Dry Apple Slices and create an easy Dried Apple Wreath at DIY Life.

Make your own potpourri for gift giving!
Lisa's Homespun Arts has a Making Potpourri Tutorial and Potpourri Recipes.

Use potpourri, a mason jar + a few other inexpensive items to make a lovely, country
Christmas Potpourri Candle

The Food Network has directions for Edible Candy Ornaments
that you can make with your kids to jazz up your Christmas tree.

A word of caution however, if you hang edibles on your tree and you have pets, ...Beware!!!... especially if you live with naughty dogs. We've had Weimaraners undecorate a Christmas tree in minutes just to steal the popcorn garland! Fortunately for the thieves, the lights were not plugged in when the crime took place!

Make special Homemade Doggy Treats for your own precious pets this Christmas. Homemade dog treats packed in a jar or a Chritmas tin are also nice to take along when visting someone who has has a fur kid or two. They'll love you for it!

My Ebook, Homemade Treats for Food Doggies has many more treat recipes for biscuits, crunchies, training bits, cakes, frosties, carob and yogurt dipped treats and more. It also has two biscuit mix in a jar recipes. Each jar recipe comes with two printable, four-fold tags with mixing and baking directions to attach to the jar. Tags for Christmas giving and all-occasion tags are both included.

Homemade "Gifts In A Jar" make wonderful hostess gifts!

Gift in a Jar Holiday Mixes
Gifts in a Jar are very easy and inexpensive to make. They make wonderful hostess gifts, gifts for teachers, neighbors and co-workers. They're also great to keep on hand for those last minute gifts. My collection of Gift in a Jar holiday favorites features a variety of simple to prepare recipes and country look recipe/gift cards... ready to print with the and attach to the jars - No more typing or writing directions! Click Here for ordering information.

Gifts from your kitchen from Angies kitchen has 4 pages of homemade baking mixes,
drink mixes, soup mixes, spreads and mustards. There's many good ideas here!

Homemade candy is always a welcome Christmas gift.
Fill a jar, a pretty box or a Christmas can with assorted candies from your kitchen
for the candy lovers on your Christmas list. Fill your Christmas candy dishes at home too!!

Robin's FYI Candy Recipes include Butterscotch Pralines, Chocolate Butter Crunch, Chocolate-Covered Cherries, Chocolate-Covered Snowballs, Chocolate-Covered Toffee, Chocolate Pralines, Glass Candy, Gummy Candy, Peanut Brittle, Suckers, Fudge and more Fudge! YUMM!!!!!

Recipes for Sweet Christmas Candy Treats from Abigail's Christmas Collection
include fudge, candy canes, sponge candy, rum balls, turkish delight, Irish potato candy and more.

Make Gift Baskets for the Holidays that include a personal touch.
Wrap like a fruit basket and tie with a big red bow!

Lisa's Homespun Arts also has many very creative ideas for making Holiday Gift Baskets.
There's a basket theme here for everyone on your list ... A Gingerbread House Basket, A Tea for Two Basket, A Terrfic Teacher Basket, A Kitchen Stock-Up Basket, A Blustery Day Soup Basket, A Chocolate Lover's Basket, A Sports Nut Basket, A Happy New Year Basket and many more!

You put alot of love and alot of time into all those goodies you made to send to someone special who's far away. Colorado State University has advice on the right way to pack them so they arrive at their destination safe and sound.

See Packaging Homemade Goodies as Holiday Gifts
for fun and pretty ways to pack cookies, brownies, and homemade candies.

See Tasty Holiday Gifts: KeepThem Safe, Send Them Safely
and... Make Sure Food Gifts Arrive Safely
for information about sending edible, perishable foods by mail.

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