It’s day 16 of The Creative Collective‘s 24 Creative Days and today it’s my turn to share a sweet simple something to make in preparation for Christmas.
Here’s the backstory:Yesterday my parents took Alec & Louis on an outing to look at the Christmas lights in town, and when they came back in the evening, my dad pulled out a worn old copy of his favourite book “Johans Jul” (Johan’s Christmas – as told by himself) to read to the boys. Growing up, my dad read us a little from this book all through the December. One of the parts I remember the most was the gingerbread pig that is running off the page.
Gingerbread and Christmas are inseparable, and I think there is something so charming and comforting about simple gingerbread cookies hanging from the tree, or held tight in little hands. Every year for Christmas we try to do something new with a gingerbread theme, and this year the children and I are having fun with cinnamon dough. It smells divine and looks just like gingerbread. Our recipe is like a salt dough, but with a ton of warm fragrant cinnamon, so anything you make dries relatively quickly and you can do so much with it.
While the children were making ornaments the other day, I made some slightly thicker cookie shapes, and then made them into candlesticks. I think they are going to be gorgeous on our Christmas table this year. I love the look of these just straight up, but you can also use puffy paint “icing” to decorate them. Why not make one for everyone at the table as a creative place card to keep? Click past the break for all the details.
CINNAMON SALT DOUGH CANDLESTICKS
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup cinnamon
- 1 cup salt
- 1,5-2 cups water
- 1-2 table spoons vegetable oil (optional)
- Candle holders (I used two different sizes)
- A glue gun
- Mix the flour, cinnamon and salt and slowly add just enough water until you have a dough that is just not sticky. Add the oil if you wish.
- Make your ornaments (or whatever you’re making) and either leave them to dry at room temperature for about a day, or dry them in the oven for a couple of hours at 100 degrees celsius.
- The exposed surface of the ornaments will fade a little as they dry. To bring back the lovely gingerbread colour, dab a little vegetable oil on the surface and then dry them off with a rag or paper towel.
- To make the pig candlesticks, I glued a candle holder to one pig and then glued on another pig, using extra glue to get the candle holder even between the pigs. For the Christmas trees, I made ping pong ball sized balls of cinnamon dough, pressed a candle into the ball and wiggled it around a little, and then flattened one side out. Once dry, I just glue-gunned the Christmas tree onto the holder.
Do wash little hands right away and use a little lotion as the salt in the dough can be quite drying. I hope you make and love these lovely candlesticks for years to come!
Here’s the entire lineup of 24 Creative Days:
1 Hildas Hem 2 Willowday 3 Craft & Creativity 4 Hemma med Helena 5 Pastill 6 Mini Piccolini 7 Willowday 8 Mormorsglamour 9 Lina by the bay 10 Made by Mary 11 Craft & Creativity 12 Mormorsglamour 13 Pysselbolaget 14 Hemma med Helena 15 Hildas Hem 16 Mini Piccolini 17 Willowday 18 Pastill 19 Hemma med Helena 20 Made by Mary 21 Mormorsglamour 22 Craft & Creativity 23 Lina by the bay 24 Pysselbolaget