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:
- 1/2 cup store bought apple sauce -- I used a small tupperware container filled with apple sauce.
- 1/2 cup ground cinnamon -- You could use zipper plastic bags for this.
- cookie cutters
- drinking straw
- 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.