Its time to make some ornaments! We decided to make these because:
1. We are obsessed with baby Yoda. (I mean… who isn’t??)
2. They smell AMAZING!
3. It was super easy and fun for our 6 year old to make for her teachers and family members.
We made apple cinnamon ornaments last year in my daughter’s kindergarten class, and they were so simple. In that batch we mixed in glitter and used star cookie cutters.
This time I wanted to do something a little geekier for my dice rolling fam, so we settled on baby yoda!
Here is what you will need:
1 cup of apple sauce
1.5 cups of cinnamon
A small amount of flour
Large bowl, rolling pin, cookie sheet, wooden skewer, and parchment paper
Angel shaped cookie-cutter
Acrylic paint in Baby-Yoda-Green, white and black (or a black sharpie) and brushes
Yarn or string for hanging
That’s it! You may not even need to buy anything to make these ornaments. If you are a mini painter like me, you can raid your mini painting station for the paints you need!
Directions (This is the way):
- Preheat the oven to 200F
- In a large bowl, mix together cinnamon and apple sauce. It will need to be a ratio of approximately 1 cup apple sauce to 1.5 cups cinnamon. This is something that you will have to tweak depending on how many ornaments you want to make and how the dough feels. You and your kiddo will really need to get in there with your hands and mix. It should be the consistency of playdough. If it is too wet, add more cinnamon. If it is too dry, add more applesauce.
Willow really liked this part, even though she is usually averse to getting her hands messy. I think it helped that it smelled soooo good. She kept commenting on how nice it smelled.
- After you have your dough ready, sprinkle the flour onto your work surface so that the dough doesn’t stick to the table when you roll it out. You will also want to add some flour to your rolling pin, as we found that the dough tended to stick to it also.
- Roll out your dough. You want it approximately 1/4 inch thick.
- Once your dough is rolled out evenly, use the angel cookie cutters to cut out your shapes.
- Using a butter knife, carefully remove the angel’s heads (we pretended they were Weeping Angels from Doctor Who so we could feel less bad about it). The angels wings will now be Baby Yoda’s ears, and the torso will now be his cute little face!
- Roll out the leftover dough and repeat the process until you have all the ornaments you want.
- Take a wooden skewer (or even just the handle side of one of your small paint brushes) and make a small hole at the top of Baby Yoda’s head for the ornament hanger.
- When the ornaments are ready, carefully place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 1.5 hours.
The house will smell amazing. You’re welcome!
- Remove the cookie sheet and allow the ornaments to cool completely. They should be rock hard now.
- Paint the head of the Baby Yodas green. Allow the paint to dry.
- Using black paint, make his big adorable eyes. Since Willow wanted to do the eyes, we used a permanent marker instead for extra control.
- Taking a small paintbrush, carefully add a small white dot to each eye to really make them pop!
- Finally, thread the yarn or string through the hole at the top of your ornament.
And voila! You’re done!
I was really impressed how much a 6 year old could actually do themselves on this project. I really had to do very little after giving some basic directions. She was very proud and excited to give them out!
Have fun making your ornaments, and don’t forget to follow dicemom.com to see more from our “Make the Holidays EPIC” series!