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Cinnamon Dough Recipe

Cinnamon Dough Recipe

These are fun to make and long-lasting ornaments.  I have  cinnamon dough ornaments that were  made around 20 years ago (scent must be renewed periodically!) that still look great (they will darken with age).   The dough is very springy and fun to play with.   This is a great craft to do with your children.  You can make these ornaments for all seasons and holidays– Valentine’s Day (hearts), Christmas (seasonal shapes), Mother’s Day (hearts & flowers), Fourth of July (stars), etc. or just to hang from a hook in the kitchen (roosters, pigs, etc.).

As this takes a lot of cinnamon to make I usually look for a large container at Dollar Tree.  It would also be a great use for outdated cinnamon you would not care to use in baking.

The essential oils in this recipe may irritate your hands if they are very sensitive.  You may need to wear gloves.  I have never had a problem with it or seen anyone who has.

Of course, it goes without saying, these are not edible.


1 cup Ground Cinnamon
Extra Cinnamon to dust hands and surfaces
1 T each of Ground Cloves, Allspice, Cloves and Ginger*
1½ cups Elmer’s wood glue
1½ cups water warm water
1 tsp. or dropper of each of Cinnamon and Clove (or other baking scents) potpourri oil **
Whole cloves and whole allspice (optional)

* May substitute apple pie or pumpkin pie spice in place of  these spices (use 4 – 5 T of either)

** May substitute other complimentary fall scents

Additional Materials:

Glass Mixing bowl
Large wooden spoon
Waxed paper
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil
Assorted ribbon, twine or raffia
Cold Melt Glue Gun
Decorations (ribbon roses, baby’s breath, statice, other dried flowers, glitter glue, fabric paint, etc.)

Instructions for Making Dough:

  1. Mix warm water and wood glue together in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 – 4 droppers (or tsp.) of potpourri oil.  I use cinnamon & clove. May substitute other complimentary fall scents such as apple pie, pumpkin pie, gingerbread, sugar cookies, etc.  Mix oils to your own taste (or smell rather), but add one scent at a time and do not use conflicting scents (ex: cinnamon and lavender would not be a good combination).
  3. Place dry ingredients in a glass bowl (a plastic bowl will retain the odor of the spices and may be stained).  May use apple pie or pumpkin pie spice in place of  other spices (use 4 – 5 tsp.).
  4. Pour the water/glue mixture slowly into the cinnamon, cloves, allspice, cloves and ginger mixing as you go.
  5. Dust hands with cinnamon.  Knead the mixture together by hand until it is smooth and resembles stretchy play dough.
  6. Add more cinnamon as needed to keep dough from sticking or to get the right consistency. Do not use flour! Do not taste or eat dough.
  7. Chill in refrigerator for about two hours.
  8. Divide into portions and work on one portion at a time.
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon on work surface and rolling-pin.
  10. Roll one portion out at a time using a rolling-pin to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  11. Sprinkle cinnamon over rolled out dough and gently spread to make it easier to cut out shapes.
  12. Dust impression cookie cutters with cinnamon to avoid sticking.
  13. Cut out in various shapes with cookie cutters.
  14. May also make handmade shapes such as a braided wreath.  Roll out three snake shapes and braid together, then join in a circle or heart form on the wax paper.  Use glue and water mixture to seal ends, pressing lightly.  You will glue ribbon, baby’s breath or statice to cover joined edge.  In the language of flowers, statice symbolises remembrance.
  15. If you are making something with attachments, assemble on foil or waxed paper and brush the place of attachment and the back of the piece to be attached with a water glue mixture (you may need to re-glue the attachment after drying.
  16. With a straw, punch an opening at the top of the ornament well back from the edge.  Don’t use anything smaller than a straw as the hole will draw up when drying.
  17. If you want to add whole cloves or allspice to the piece, add them now by sticking the stem into the dough.
  18. Set the shapes aside on wax paper or aluminum foil on baking sheets for several days (2 to 7 days), until dry.   Allow them to dry flat.
  19. Turn over twice daily.  They are dry when the shapes are rock hard to the touch.
  20. This recipe yields about 2 dozen medium-sized shapes.
  21. When totally dry, peel off the wax paper or aluminum foil.

Instructions for Decorating Your Ornaments:

I prefer the natural look or primitive look for cinnamon ornaments, but you may make these as fancy as you please.

  • When thoroughly dry thread ribbon, raffia or twine through the hole and tie it off to make a hanger.  If the hole has closed up too small to thread anything to it, don’t cry – simply glue a ribbon or metal hanger (soda can tab) on the back and cover the “hole” on the front with a decoration.   Then decorate shape as desired.
  • Fabric paint adheres the best (puffy paint will add dimension to your craft).
  • Use berries, baby’s breath, statice, milkweed pods, small pinecones, lavender, and other dried flowers or potpourri to embellish the ornaments.  Attach with a cool melt glue gun.
  • Glitter glue will make beautiful ornaments with dimension.  Make fall leaves and outline the leaves and draw veins in with antique gold or bronze glitter glue.


  • You will need to refresh with oil periodically – “paint” oil on the back.  Also can sand the back of the ornament with an emery board to release more scent.
  • Use as name tags or package decorations on gifts as an extra present.
  • You may use these for kitchen decor, I have some of mine hanging from my Bakers Rack and shelf pegs in my kitchen.
  • Use gingerbread men or other shapes to decorate a grapevine wreath for your door.
  • These ornaments will shrink slightly in drying.

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5 thoughts on “Cinnamon Dough Recipe

  1. This sounds like a great project for my niece. Thanks for sharing!

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