DIY Rustic Cinnamon Stick Ornaments

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Part two of my tree decorating frenzy included making rustic ornaments made from cinnamon sticks. I’ve got two different tutorials here for you today, each super easy and super cute.

DSCN8644For both tutorials, this is what you’ll need:

  • craft cinnamon sticks
  • twine
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • glitter (whichever color will match your tree)
  • mod podge

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First, for the star ornaments. Really the only thing tricky about this one is figuring out which way to lay out the sticks so they don’t look awkward and misshapen as a star. Take five cinnamon sticks and lay them into a star pattern, putting a dab of hot glue on the tips of the sticks where two will meet.

Hopefully my pictures will help you figure it out.

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Voila! Now tie some string around the top of your star for hanging it on the tree.

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The next step is glitter-ifying it. Cover the entire front surface of your star with a thin layer of mod podge. Then, simply sprinkle with glitter. I chose a light, shimmery glitter for these ones – understated but glorious!

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My second rustic ornament tutorial is this glitter tipped bundle of sticks. You need the same materials.

Choose about five or six cinnamon sticks. Place them on top of a piece of twine approximately four or five inches long. Tie the twine tight and finish it off in a bow.

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Now, place a piece of masking tape around the tip the bundle where you’d like your glitter to be.

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Cover it in mod podge and dip it in the glitter of your choice. I chose gold for this one.  Let dry completely before removing the masking tape.

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These ornaments could also be made with twigs from your backyard if you’re feeling extra rustic. I happened to have two bags of cinnamon sticks lying around, so that’s what I chose for my tree. It also helps that they smell cinnamony and sweet! This simple tutorial would be a great idea for a family activity if you have kids. 🙂

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The Holidays Are Coming! Start Thinking About Gifts Early

I know it seems a little early to start thinking about Christmas and decorating and gifts and what not, but honestly, Christmas will be here before we know it. With that said, I am super excited to introduce my holiday line of decor, gift sets, and Christmas tree ornaments.

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I started making all these winter/Christmas themed things like a month ago. Sooooo here’s a dirty secret – I’ve been listening to Christmas music since mid-September. But, dude, it’s okay because it is hard not to be merry and bright, thusly making cheerful ornaments, when Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Charlie Brown Christmas is on in the background.

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Maybe you’re not ready to start thinking about Christmas yet, but I implore you! Don’t leave it until too late! So many people (and I’m guilty of this myself) get trapped into thinking, “Ohhh I have plenty of time!” and then miss out on some really fun items. If you’re interested in buying decor and gifts online this year, remember to plan well ahead so that your items will be shipped to you in time.

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If you like my ornaments and decor, please visit my shop for even more options!