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Making Seasons Bright

Making Seasons Bright

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

Everywhere I go there are sparkling lights and snowflakes, and I am absolutely loving it!

Even my apartment is getting a little festive. We have a mini-tree this year; A gift from Josh's mom. Maybe next year we will get a bigger one, but for now, this is perfect for us.

Poor and Vegan Christmas Tree 2014 - DIY Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments // via Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan // www.poorandvegan.com

Coming in at about 3 feet tall, it fits nicely on an  end table, and doesn't take over our living space.

It even came pre-lit! Thanks to that, and it's pint-size stature, decorating was a breeze.

We just used some smaller ornaments that we've picked up over the years (on clearance, of course), a couple of our favorite larger ornaments (with sentimental value), and some of these DIY Cinnamon Ornaments (which smell absolutely amazing).

DIY Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments // via Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan // www.poorandvegan.com
DIY Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments // via Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan // www.poorandvegan.com
DIY Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments // via Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan // www.poorandvegan.com

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.

If you'd like to do some last minute decorating on a budget, these ornaments are perfect for you. Check out the super easy recipe below.*

DIY Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments

What You'll Need:

  • 3/4 Cup Applesauce 
  • 1 Cup Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Drinking Straw
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Parchment Paper
  • Plastic Wrap

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in medium bowl.
  4. Use hands to form smooth ball of dough.
  5. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on clean, cool surface. Place dough in center. Cover with a second sheet of plastic wrap. 
  6. Roll dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and remove top layer of plastic wrap.
  7. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Make a small hole at top of each ornament using drinking straw, and move to prepared baking sheet.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 until all dough has been used.
  9. Place baking sheets with ornaments in oven and bake 2.5 hours.
  10. Allow ornaments to cool completely. 
  11. Once cooled, you may choose to decorate your ornaments. Draw or paint your design in glue. While the glue is wet, sprinkle with glitter. Shake excess glitter off, and voila! 
  12. Tie a strip of ribbon or twine through the hole of each ornament, and hang wherever you like. 

Ta-da! You just made your very own holiday ornaments! (And I'd be willing to bet that your house now smells delicious and festive, too!) Use them to decorate your home, or give them as gifts this holiday season.

 

What's something that you look forward to every holiday season? Leave a comment and share your favorite tradition!

 

 

 

 

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