Cinnamon Clay Recipe
What you will make:
This recipe makes a sweet-smelling dough that can be made into
ornaments or package decorations. Just mix together applesauce,
cinnamon, and a bit of glue (really, that's all!) to create a clay that is perfect
for rolling out and cutting shapes with cookie cutters.
This recipe makes enough dough for about 10 ornaments, depending upon
the size of the cookie cutters. Feel free to double or triple the recipe
for use with a group. The shapes can be air-dried, or baked and then painted
or left plain.
If you make the clay ahead of time, store it in a covered container or a
plastic bag at room temperature.
Related crafts: For an all-purpose clay, see
Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe. For a lightweight
molding material, see Quick Papier-mâché Pulp.
- ¾ cup (85 grams) cinnamon (3-ounce jar from the
- ½ cup (130 grams) applesauce, unsweetened
- 2½ tablespoons (40 ml) white glue (Elmer's, PVA)
- Cookie cutters
- Mixing bowl and spoon
- Wax paper
- Rolling pin
- Toothpick or straw
- Cooling rack
- Ribbon, twine, or yarn
- Optional: Puffy (dimensional) paint
This recipe is rated EASY to make.
How to Make Cinnamon Clay
Read all of the directions before starting.
- Combine the applesauce and white glue in a mixing bowl with a
spoon. Slowly add the cinnamon, and mix until all the cinnamon is worked in and a
dough forms. (The glue makes the dough easier to work, and
increases the strength and durability of the finished items.)
- Remove the dough from the bowl and knead the mixture until it
turns into a firm clay. Add more cinnamon if the dough is tacky,
or more applesauce if it is crumbly.
- Let the dough sit for about 30 minutes in a covered bowl before
To make ornaments: Roll out the dough between layers of wax
paper to a thickness of 1/8" to 1/4". Use cookie cutters to cut out
desired shapes. Use a toothpick or straw to cut out a hole near the top
of the shape for a hanger. Let the shapes dry on wax paper or a wire rack
for a couple of days; flip them a few times to promote even drying and avoid
When they're dry, paint the ornaments with puffy/dimensional paint, if you like, or leave
them plain. Add a
ribbon, twine, or yarn hanger.
Pinch off as much dough as you need to make your shape, and leave the rest in the
covered bowl. Work the
dough into any desired shape with your hands. When you have finished molding your shape, put it on a piece of waxed paper to dry. It should dry in
about two or three days to a hard finish.
That's it! What will you make
with cinnamon clay?
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