Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 1, Have a Tree Trimming Party, Make Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments & Favourite Photo Ornaments

Technically, it’s the day before Advent Begins….well, unless you go to Saturday night mass, as my grandmother would have said. Let’s just say we’re taking my granmother’s advice….

This morning, the kids woke up and ran downstairs to see if I had gotten their Advent Shadowbox out of storage. They found the image above in the frame.

Today, we’ll be having our annual family tree trimming party, and we’ll be making two types of ornaments with which to adorn our tree:

We’ll be making the 2012 edition of Our Favourite Photo Ornaments

and we’ll be whipping up a brand new recipe

a batch of heaven-scented, non-edible Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments

[you’ll find the DIY directly below.]

Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments

1 Cup Cinnamon [get it at the bulk store!]
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves or allspice
.5 c glue
.3+ c glitter
.5+ Cup Applesauce
Cookie Cutters
A Drinking Straw
Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet
Thin Ribbon [we used metallic elastic ribbon]

Heat oven to 200 F.
In a medium bowl, mix Cinnamon, Spices, Glue and Glitter with a spoon.
Add Applesauce by the quarter cup until a thick, somewhat tough dough forms.
[If the dough becomes a deep dark brown and wet, you’ve added too much applesauce, add more additional cinnamon to compensate.]
Add additional glitter if you think you’d like more sparkle.
Divide the dough into 2-3 sections.
Roll out each section on parchment paper.
Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters and use a straw to punch a hole for hanging towards the top.
Place ornaments onto a parchment or silpat-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 2.5 hours and let cool on a wire rack.
Run a thin ribbon or piece of elastic through the holes in the ornaments to hang.

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The dough above is just right!
The dough below is too wet!
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A Little Gallery:
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Today’s Shadowbox:

This year’s Favourite Photo Ornaments


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