Spice up your mantle or tree with this easy Christmas garland! Made with cinnamon dough Christmas ornaments and your favorite holiday fabric, this garland not only looks great, but it smells great, too.
When my husband and I first got married, our first Christmas tree was a little sparse on Christmas ornaments. So for the first couple of years we would make Christmas ornaments for our tree. One year we painted dough ornaments like these Star Wars ornaments. I loved making the ornaments so much that every year since I've made homemade ornaments with the kids.
One of our favorites to make are with cinnamon dough. They smell amazing! But you don't have to just hang the ornaments on the tree. You can also make this adorable garland.
Easy Christmas Garland with Cinnamon Dough Christmas Ornaments
Start by making the ornaments. These need time to chill and dry so plan ahead. To make the dough, combine applesauce, cinnamon and glue In a mixing bowl. Stir to form a ball. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight (covered).
After the dough is chilled, sprinkle cinnamon on a flat surface and roll the dough to about 3/8″ thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut gingerbread shapes. This garland was made using the Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cookie Cutters from the Wilton 101 cookie cutter set . Use the end of a plastic straw to poke two holes into each gingerbread person for hanging.
Place gingerbread people a wire rack to air dry, or a cookie sheet if you plan to dry in the oven. They need to dry for about 2-3 days. To speed dry, place in a warm oven for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until dry. The lower the better for temperature. If you use both racks, rotate every half hour or so. If the pieces dry too fast, they will crack.
Once the cookies are dried, it's time to make them in to a garland. For the garland you will need:
Fabric of your choice: This garland was made using a “fat” quilting quarter that was 99 cents and measured 18″ x 21″. Try to select a fabric that looks the same on both sides. Cut the fabric in to strips that 3/4″ x 18″. You need one per gingerbread person.
Nail File or Fine Sand Paper (Optional)
If necessary, use a nail file or sand paper to remove the irregular and rough edges from the gingerbread people.
Weave the fabric into one hole of the gingerbread person, slide the other end in the other hole and center it as best as you can. Repeat for all gingerbread people.
Tie the two people together with a double knot. Repeat until you've made a garland.
String across your mantle or Christmas tree! The best part is the cinnamon from the cookies will make your house smell amazing.