Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornaments

About a week ago, I saw some adorable cinnamon stick tree ornaments made with fabric scraps on the Cosmo Cricket blog.  (Click here to see them.)  Since I have a huge vase of cinnamon sticks just waiting to be turned into a fabulous craft, I decided to make my own version of these trees.

I started by gathering cinnamon sticks, green fabric, a chipboard star, yellow paint, yellow Stickles, and some twine.    

 
My first step was cutting the cinnamon sticks to a reasonable length.  Mine were about a foot long, so I wanted to cut them in half to make two 6-inch tree trunks.  Through trial and error, I learned that using pruning shears shattered the cinnamon rather than making a clean cut.  The best method was to use a hacksaw.  Because my cinnamon wasn't fresh, it had lost most of its smell.  I gently sanded it with fine-grit sandpaper, which made it smell heavenly.

I painted the star yellow and let that dry.  Then I added Stickles over the top of that and set it aside.  Next, I cut five strips of fabric approximately 3/4 inch wide and 8 inches long.  (I didn't measure.)  I tied the fabric strips to the cinnamon stick, making sure the right sides faced front.



Here's what it looked like when all the strips were attached.  (Notice how uneven the strips are.  Like I said, I didn't measure.)



I used the scissors to cut a diagonal line to form the shape of the tree.  



I attached the star and a hanger using hot glue.  Here's the finished ornament, which smells even better than it looks.  

 
I'm strongly considering having Trevor make a bunch of these for family members.  For any family members reading this... if you get a cinnamon stick tree for Christmas from us, act surprised. OK?

7 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that is too cute! And they'd make the tree smell great, too. Thanks for the idea, I'm definitely going to try it!

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  2. Since I didn't click on your Cosmo Criket Blog link I was thinking:"WTHeck?! How do you make ornaments out of cinnamon sticks?!"
    OOOOOOhhhhhh now I see!
    Very cute!

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  3. Cindy,

    I don't take time to look at blogs as often as I would like, but I am glad I always make your blog a "must stop" along the way! I love your ornament and I am sure Trevor would love making these!

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  4. Ohhhhhhhhh I love love love love love this!!! FABULOUS!!!! So pinning this!!!!

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  5. What a great idea! It looks awesome! :)

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  6. I love your "act surprised" comment at the end! ROFLOL These are just too cute.

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