Candles burning, cookies baking, the scent of a real Christmas tree wafting through the house. Not everyone, make that rarely, do folks have those picture perfect moments. That’s one of the reasons why I have loved these faux gingerbread ornaments over the years. We hang them on a tree in the kitchen and have also glued them on a wooden hoop to make a wreath — the house smells great, with none of that chemical smell that comes from air sprays and air fresheners.
The ornaments will last a few years, store them in a tin or plastic air tight box during the off-season. When the decorating gets started and the box is opened, the smells are heavenly.
These will take a few days to air dry, so before starting make sure you have plenty of counter space or flat surfaces to lay them out.
Faux Gingerbread Ornaments
3/4 cup applesauce
1 cup cinnamon
1 TB nutmeg
1/2 TB cloves
2 TB white household glue
- Stir all ingredients together in a glass or metal bowl until well mixed and smooth, this will take a few minutes.
- Roll out small portions of the “dough” between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper to the thickness of a fat cookie.
- Cut out dough with a gingerbread cookie cutter or other desired shapes.
- Use a straw to poke a hole for adding ribbon later.
- Let dry on the wax paper until easy to handle, then transfer to a wire racks to dry at room temperatures for a few days. If you don’t havea wire rack, just use the wax paper, but it takes a bit longer to dry. Flip them two or three times a day which will make them dry flatter.
When ready to use, tie a ribbon through the hole and enjoy the wonderful smell — but make sure no one tries to eat them.
These non-edible ornaments will last for a long time, but the scent will slowly fade after a year or two.
Note: Keep out of reach of children or pets that might try and eat these!
Gingerbread clip art adapted from KidsTurnCentral.com clip art gallery.