Cinnamon scented Christmas garland

Cinnamon scented Christmas garland

Cinnamon scented Christmas garland

Last week I shared a few of my favourite Christmas crafts to make with the kids. At the weekend Max and I made up the cinnamon scented salt dough and converted it into this wonderful Christmas garland. I have to say it smells amazing! It’s such a simple make which held Max’s attention span (being only 2 we do have to work quickly sometimes).

You will need:

  • 1 cup of flour (plus a little for dusting)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/3 cup of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of water (you might not need it all)
  • Rolling pin, gingerbread man cutter and ribbon.

A few simple steps:

Step 1: Mix all the dry ingredients together and add the water in a couple of stages until you have a nice ball of dough. (Tip, you might not need all the water)

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl

Step 2: Dust the side and rolling pin with flour and roll the dough to approx. 4 mm thick. The thicker the dough the longer the drying time.

Step 3: Cut out your gingerbread men and using a chopstick wiggle 2 ribbon size holes in the chest.

Step 4: Leave your gingerbread men to dry, depending on how warm your house is combined with the thickness of your dough this can take between 24 – 48 Hours. I recommend gently turning them when the top side has turned a pale colour.

Step 5: Once dried thread the ribbon through the holes and hang your cinnamon scented garland to be admired by all.

Evie and I tried a different drying technique a few weeks ago when we made the standard white salt dough. We followed steps 1 to 4, leaving out the cinnamon. Then on step 5, rather than waiting a couple of days to paint the selection of festive shapes we used the microwave to dry them.  To do this we placed the shapes on a plate and microwaved them for 2 minutes, then repeated for 30 second blasts until they were hard.

They will cool in about 20 minutes so painting can commence! Perfect for little people who lack a little patience…

Gemma

The baker. Some may say a jumping bean…. definitely never short on energy. Gemma loves to cook and can normally be found whipping up a culinary delight in the kitchen or deep in the veg patch.

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