Saturday, December 22, 2012

Making Cinnamon Stick Santa's and more

Such cute little Santa's made from cinnamon sticks and other bark that you and the kids can easily make for your tree or to give away as gifts to family or friends. I found this craft idea via Herbology. along with several other cute ideas using cinnamon. 
How to Make Cinnamon Stick Santa's
Equipment: What you will need
Red craft paint
White craft paint
White puffy paint or fake snow paint
Black craft paint (I used a black Sharpie instead)
craft glue
The process is easy enough.  Paint I wide band of red for the hat, followed by a smaller band of pink for the face.  I did not run the pink right around, preferring my face to just be in the front.  Once these two are COMPLETELY dry, you can add the eyes (and mouth if you like), and a long bushy beard.
You could try running the beard all the way down the quill, or you could paint a red ‘coat’ on as well.
I gave Santa a smile on the bigger cassia bark pieces, but left it out on the smaller quills.  No coats for my guys as I wanted the natural bark look.

To finish them off, add a blob of glue on the back or inside the top and attach a ribbon for hanging.  The colours stand out beautifully on the fresh evergreens.
I have been looking for this recipe for Cinnamon ornaments for a while and I found this great one on the Herbology site too. Love the smell of these! 

Recipe I used:
  • 1 c. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t. allspice
  • 1 t. ground cloves
  • 1 c. applesauce
Combine dry ingredients. Add applesauce a little at a time, mixing thoroughly. Roll out and cut shapes. Allow to dry 4-5 days. Or dry in a slow oven for 2 hours. Paint after completely dry.

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