Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Make Your Own Cinnamon Ornaments Kit

Today’s frugal last minute gift idea for kids is a Make Your Own Cinnamon Ornaments Kit!  Kids love to make their own creations, and this is a great way to get them actively involved in decorating the tree.  The ornaments have the added benefit of acting as air-fresheners and will keep their fragrance for up to 4 years!  A large jar of apple sauce and a large container of cinnamon will make several kits, and you could give one to each kid in the family.

To make your own cinnamon ornament kit, you will need:
  1. 1/2 cup store bought apple sauce — I used a small tupperware container filled with apple sauce.
  2. 1/2 cup ground cinnamon — You could use zipper plastic bags for this.
  3. cookie cutters
  4. drinking straw
  5. 1 roll of 1/8″ wide ribbon
Fill a pretty gift bag with the items listed above and attach the following instructions:
Mix 1/2 cup apple sauce with 1/2 cup ground cinnamon and 1 Tbsp. white glue.  Use a cutting board dusted with cinnamon to roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick.  Cut your design using a cookie cutter, and punch out a hole near the top with the drinking straw.  Thread ribbon through the hole, tie into a bow, and you are done!  Let ornaments air-dry for 2 days before hanging.


  1. This sounds like a great idea for me to use in my classroom! My students can make these to give as gifts to their friends and family. Thanks for a great idea!

  2. Love this idea – I need to get some apple sauce so I can try it out!