Monday, December 13, 2010

Cinnamon Stick Ornament

Of all scents out there, cinnamon has got to be my favorite.  Or at least in the top 3.  I knew I wanted to make some sort of ornament with cinnamon sticks, and this is what I came up with:

It... smells.... AWESOME!  How can you go wrong with cinnamon sticks, anyway?  Here's what you need to make one:
  • cinnamon sticks (I got a package of them from Yankee Dollar in the floral section for- yep- a dollar)
  • a styrofoam ball
  • piece of string
  • serrated knife
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • brown paint for styrofoam ball (optional)
My ornament came out pretty huge, but you can adjust the size by cutting bigger or smaller pieces of cinnamon sticks.

To cut the cinnamon sticks, I used a serrated knife.  Carfeully (don't hurt yourself, now) cut into the stick.  You most likely won't cut all the way through it, unless you are extremely stronger than I am. What I did was score around the stick where I wanted the cut,

used my thumb for pressure against the score line, and snapped it.  Some sticks are thicker than others and require a deeper cut.  Just be careful!

It will take quite a few cinnamon sticks to cover the ball, depending on how long you make your pieces.  For my 2-ish inch pieces, I needed two packs of cinnamon sticks.

To make the ornament, start by painting the ball brown, if you would like.  Parts of the styrofoam will show, so it's up to you what color it is.

Glue the string to what will be the top of the ornament.  Hold the string in place with extra glue and a cinnamon stick piece.  Now you can start the glue, stick, hold procedure.  Squeeze some glue, put a cinnamon stick on the glue, and hold.

Repeat until the entire ball is covered.  There's no real rhyme or reason to placement, just put them where they fit.  When it's covered, you're finished!  And your house smells like cinnamon!  A win-win!

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39 crazy awesome comments:

Michelle L. said...

How nifty and easy! Love it 2 bits. I can smell it from here!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

this is so clever and i bet it smells good too :) come on over and link up to MMM !!

Melissa said...

Cool - I just love that you can get cinnamon sticks at the dollar store.

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

I love this! I would be thrilled if you would link up at our 12 days of Christmas show-off!

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I love this! I saw you on WhipperBerry!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Stumbled upon your blog via WhipperBerry...I am crazy for cinnamon sticks! What a lovely idea, thanks for shraring.

Stacey said...

I am crazy about this. Just love cinnamon and think you can't beat it as an ornament material. Can't wait to give these a go.

Angie said...

I am trying to do all homemade ornaments this year and I LOOOOOOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

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April said...

Awesome idea!

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I became a follower a couple of weeks ago; yesterday I spent time reading through your blog. You ROCK!!!

First of all, I added Dollar Store Crafts to my Favorites list.

Secondly, I am so going to try your Soap Box Desk Organizer (4/27/10), More Beads, More Tees... and a Necklace (5/3/10), Recycled Craft: Plastic Bag Beads (4/30//10), Magnet Vases (5/19/10), Old Long-Sleeve; New Knotted Tee (5/23/10), Stringy Necklace... with Mod Podge?? NO WAY. (5/26/10), A Little of This, A Littel of That... Ya Know, the Norm. (5/25/10), Lace Ring Rrevisited (6/8/10), plastic ring jewelry wrapped with raffia (7/1/10?), and Well Hello There (8/10/10).

You craft the way I like to - unexpected, FREE (or extremely cheap) recyled items. Most of the items I make for myself or the house; but, my DD is away at law school and I like to send her "care" packages of crafted items every couple of weeks. Many of your ideas are perfect for this.

Thank you so much for blogging about your brainstorms!!!

Micah said...

I am in the process of creating this ornament. I found that I can get the cinnamon stick pieces to flatten out by microwaving 1 piece for about 20-30 seconds. I microwave them after cutting them into the desired size. I have found this to be helpful because the microwaved cinnamon stick pieces take up more space on the styrofoam ball. This way I can use less cinnamon sticks per ornament.

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