How To Make a Cinnamon Stick Ornament

on November 26 | in Crafts, Decor, Holidays, Tutorials | by | with 14 Comments


I like to purposely annoy and embarrass my children.

There. I said it.

This can take many forms…dancing to music while waiting in line at a store. Singing loudly in the car to “Mommy’s music” (a.k.a. that stuff from the 80′s), and imparting them with what I deem to be very useful information about random things.

Take for example, Cinnamon.

While creating this sweet Cinnamon Stick Ornament, I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit more about this spice which is used so much during the holiday season.



Did you know that cinnamon, along with frankincense and myrrh, was one of the first spices used in the ancient world?

Don’t worry, I’m now humming the tune to “We Three Kings” also!

And, did you know that cinnamon comes from evergreen trees that are grown in moist, hot climates? To get the sticks, the inner bark is removed from the upper branches and then the bark curls into sticks which are also called quills. I think that is fascinating, don’t you?



My kids just rolled their eyes at me, but you wouldn’t do that to me, would you?

Now, thankfully, we have places called “craft stores” or “grocery stores” where you can buy cinnamon sticks so you don’t have to do all of that work finding those trees and removing bark. Whew!

Here is what you will need to make this simply sweet ornament:

1) Large Cinnamon Sticks 2) Pretty ribbon 3) Pine cones, cranberries or any other decorative elements you have.


Gather the cinnamon sticks into a bundle and tie it off with your pretty ribbon. Make sure the ribbon ends are long enough to be tied or glued together for hanging on your tree.



Then, just attach any other decorative elements you want using hot glue. I used these tiny gold pine cones and faux cranberries and then tucked in a sprig of fresh greenery.



There is just something about a homemade ornament, isn’t there?
It makes me feel all Laura Ingalls-y and like I might have to trade my beloved horse Bunny to get Ma a stove for Christmas.

Yep, my Little House on the Prairie references also make my family roll their eyes at me.



But, that’s OK! I’m going to keep dancing in the grocery store, singing along to Rick Springfield, finding ways to include Little House tidbits in conversation and sharing facts about random things…like…did you know that most of the world’s cinnamon supply comes from Sri Lanka?

Isn’t that so interesting?

Wait…you didn’t just roll your eyes at me, did you?!

That’s OK, I’m used to it. Now I want to hear from you!

Do you use Cinnamon Sticks for something other than baking? How have you incorporated it into your holiday decor?

I’d love some more ideas!

And, speaking of great Cinnamon ideas, did you see Tiffany’s post last week where she used it to make Spiced Sweet Tea? It’s another wonderful way to use it!


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14 Responses to How To Make a Cinnamon Stick Ornament

  1. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  2. Martina says:

    SUPER cute ornaments Vanessa!! I love using cinnamon sticks around the house during the holidays, love the smell! LOL at the beginning of this post because I do the same thing to my kids, the only one who laughs along with me is my 6year old, the older two just roll their eyes, especially the teenager :)
    Great post!

  3. Christen says:

    Cute, cute, cute post!
    I can completely relate on several points. I have 4 teenagers that are so much fun to embarrass. It’s one of my favorite hobbies.
    I enjoy crafting with “what’s available”. You should see my house. Currently, there are piles of pine cones in various stages of getting “gussied up” for the holidays. A friend gave me a HUGE box of these beautiful pine cones and I am giddy with ideas for them.
    I too, love “the old days”, eighties music and random trivia. We should have coffee sometime! You bring the glue gun, I’ll bring the pine cones, and we can laugh the afternoon away (much to the embarrassment of our children).
    Thanks for the day-brightener!

  4. As I have mentioned before (all over blog-land), ANYone who mentions Little House and Laura Ingalls is a friend of mine. Very sweet little ornament. Thanks for sharing! I love the smell of REAL cinnamon but NOT the “cinnamon” perfume that blasts you in the face every time you go into a craft store at this time of year. . .

  5. [...] out how to make this darling Cinnamon Stick Ornament by checking out Vanessa’s post over at FOLK [...]

  6. Sweet ornament and delightful read!

    I’ve hung a few in a tree one year before and LOVED the look… yours are prettier. But I do have an awesome idea I haven’t tried yet. Now to land a big ‘ol bulk bag somewhere…

  7. Lynn says:

    This project has a wonderful quaintness..a sort of timeless decoration and I love the cinnamon history your tossed in your post.

    Oh and I too get the eye roll often. do you also get the bang blowing?

  8. Thistle says:


    This is so cute! I love to embarass my children :) I have been know to start break-dancing in the middle of Wal-Mart :) Thanks for sharing this sweet idea!

    Thanks for making me smile :)


  9. Tiffany | Offbeat & Inspired says:

    Absolutely love this! And that is so interesting about where cinnamon comes from. I had no clue!!

  10. Marla says:

    Off I go to buy cinnamon sticks and to rummage through all the Christmas odds n’ ends!! Love these! Thanks~

  11. Corrie says:

    I got all your references and didn’t roll my eyes (I wanted to BE Laura Ingall’s when I was a child) and how is it possible to NOT sing to Jessie’s Girl?

    I love cinnamon in any form but have used cinnamon sticks as the basis for toy sleds (to hang on the tree), stir sticks in hot chocolate, glued on wreaths and for holiday table arrangements (I really like cinnamon and happened to buy two big bags of sticks… Twice…).

    I love your idea and think I’ll try a few and hang from the dining room light fixture!

  12. Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

    I love decorating with things that smell like Christmas – pomanders, peppermint and cinnamon. These are beauties – a tree full would look amazing.

    My favorite books growing up was the Little House series – but don’t even get me started on that mean old Nellie Olson!

  13. [...] And over on the FOLK Magazine Blog, Vanessa showed how to make these Cinnamon Stick Ornaments: [...]

  14. So simple and pretty-great job Vanessa! I think I can smell the cinnamon. ..before I read this, I asked Rick (my hubs) if he knew where cinnamon comes from. He didn’t…I read…I told him, we both looked at each other, like “Duh!” No kidding! That is fascinating. Had no idea. Can’t wait to tell my girls. XO ~ Julie

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