Cinnamon Stick Santa and Elf Christmas Craft

A few months ago, I bought a ton of cinnamon sticks when I made a cinnamon stick centerpiece for fall.  Ever since, I have been trying to come up with creative ways to use up the rest of them!  As I was browsing through Pinterest I discovered tons of DIY Christmas ornaments and crafts that use Popsicle sticks.  Many of these Christmas crafts would work just as well if I replaced the Popsicle stick with a cinnamon stick!  I decided to try out my hand at a simple homemade Christmas ornament to put on our tree.  I love that this Christmas craft idea is not only pretty but smells good, too!

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This is a very simple craft idea that even kids can do if you supervise the gluing process.  I used a hot glue gun but I bet it would work out just as well if you used tacky glue or some other craft glue and you wouldn’t have to worry so much about little fingers getting burnt.  I can assure you that hot glue guns HURT if you aren’t careful.  And even when I AM careful I inevitably end up swearing as I burn myself with hot glue!

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Cinnamon Stick Santa and Elf Christmas Craft

For Each Cinnamon Stick Santa or Elf you will need:

1 large cinnamon stick

1 cotton ball

red or green paint and paintbrush (red for Santa, green for elf!)

3 white buttons

2 googly eyes

1 medium sized white pompon

3 to 4 inch length of yarn or ribbon for hanging


Paint each cinnamon stick the desired color, leaving a small strip towards the top unpainted where Santa’s face will be

Let paint dry.  Apply second coat if needed.

When paint is dry, glue on accessories.

White pompon goes at the very top for the tip of his hat.

Googly eyes go at the top of the unpainted section.

Fluff up the cotton ball and glue that under the eyes

Glue on the three buttons down the middle of the cinnamon stick

Glue yard or ribbon at the top to form a loop for hanging.

When glue is dry you can hang your pretty Christmas craft on the tree, a doorknob or wherever you think needs a little Christmas spirit!


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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!


  1. These are too cute! I bet they smell good too.

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