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DIY: Cinnamon and Applesauce Cutout Ornaments

I always try to take time out of my busy holiday schedule to do something fun with my boys. There is something so magical about creating something as a family that can be shared during the Christmas season. This year, we decided to make cinnamon and applesauce cutout ornaments. These are super simple to make, great to do with the kids and make your house smell amazing! Here is how to create these adorable and festive ornaments:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1-1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • toothpick or skewer
  • cookie cutters
  • cookie sheet
  • sheet of parchment paper
  • ribbon or twine

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 200° F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the applesauce and cinnamon. It may take a few minutes for the mixture to come together. You want the dough to be able to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed to create the right consistency. You can mix the dough by hand, it may just take longer.

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  • Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling out pie dough). Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.

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  • Use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren’t touching. Use a toothpick or skewer to poke a hole into each ornament (to attach string). Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until rock hard.
  • Loop a decorative string through the ornament and hang on your tree

Note: DO NOT EAT. These ornaments are not intended for human consumption.

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2016 December Holly Calendar Download

Desktop December 2016 Calendar

When I started my blog one of my goals was to share my love for what I do, DESIGN! Every month I design a desktop, tablet and mobile calendar to share with my readers. It’s a little something to dress up your space and help stay organized for the holidays. I’m in love with botanical illustrations right now and thought this style had a wonderful vintage touch. I love incorporating vintage items into my Christmas decorating. Thank you for all of your support and I hope you all enjoy December’s calendar!

Desktop December 2016 Calendar

December 2016 Desktop Calendar Download Here >

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December 2016 Tablet Calendar Download Here >

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December Mobile Download Here >

 

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Deck Your Halls with Free Holiday Printables

Merry Christmas Free Printable

 

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Surprise… It’s an early Christmas present! Free Christmas printables to deck your halls this holiday season. These work best in a square frame (8″x8″). I went mad for plaid this season and created these festive downloads for my wonderful readers. Share, print, frame and make your season even merrier! ~ Melissa @ House Fenway

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Merry Christmas Download

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Season’s Greetings Download

It's a Wonderful Life Free Printable

It’s a Wonderful Life Downnload

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Christmas Color Palettes

Christmas is inching its way closer and it’s almost time to start decorating (if you haven’t started already!). There are so many ways to decorate for the holidays with so many color palettes to choose from. I usually gravitate to the traditional red and green, but I found so many cute collections this year that put a twist on traditional.

Check out these wonderful palettes and try something new!

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Here is a subtle and elegant palette with items from Crate and Barrel. Make your house into a winter wonderland that can stay up well after Christmas is over!

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Go gold and glam! West Elm has a great selection of gold holiday décor this year. It’s very sophisticated and modern. Another look that can stay up well past New Year’s.

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Muted mistletoe is almost traditional but just a little less saturated. This palette works well with natural elements such as pinecones and evergreen. This collection of Christmas items is from Target. I’m such a sucker for plaid and holly!

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Traditional kicked up a notch. This intense color palette works great with patterns such as plaids, polka dots and stripes. Pier 1 has a fantastic selection of whimsical and minty Christmas decorations this year. It’s refreshing and fun!

Whatever color palette you decide to use this Christmas season, have fun with it and make it your own — that’s what it’s all about! 🙂