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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 dollar store)
  • 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.
  1. 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 is formed. (The glue makes the dough easier to work and increases the strength and durability of the finished items.)
  2. 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.
  3. Let the dough sit for about 30 minutes in a covered bowl before using.

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 a few times to promote even drying and avoid curling.

When dry, paint with puffy/dimensional paint, if you like, or leave the ornaments plain. Add a ribbon, twine or yarn hanger.

Molded shapes: 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 2 or 3 days to a hard finish.

That's it! What will you make with cinnamon clay?
Ornaments made of fragrant cinnamon clay

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Cinnamon clay tag

Tip: Circular tags can be cut from the rolled dough with a drinking glass or small jar, and words or designs can be pressed into the dough with rubberstamps.

Related craft: Use Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe to create colorful beads, fun animals and beautiful present decorations.

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