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I tell ya. I can almost handle a craft that has three ingredients. And about as many steps.

Which is how we ended up making Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments on Monday.

A couple of Christmases ago, we’d tried these with just applesauce and cinnamon, and they’d turned out great.

We went ahead and messed with perfection this time and added glue to the batch. Not that it made any difference. It just seemed that as many recipes as not were adding glue. So we dumped the stuff in, too.

Here’s what we used: 1 1/2 cups of cinnamon; 1 cup of applesauce; 1/4 cup of glue.

And after we stared at it…

We did the only step there was, which was to stir the stuff…

Until we had a brown ball that smelled like Christmas.

It was all play dough skills from here.

And so while he hurried to finish first…

She meticulously stamped each candy cane.

Then together, we turned them into ornaments by twisting a straw through each top where we wanted them to hang.

Here’s our whole batch. Mostly finished.

What we had to do now was walk away–pretend for a couple of days that we never made these, so that they could air dry in peace.

After two days on the counter, they’re a lighter brown and able to withstand a trip down the hallway when a little boy slides in his socks with one to show his dad.

The last step is as simple as taking each ornament…

And threading it with red raffia.

Or green.

And hanging it on the tree.

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