Cinnamon Stick Santa and Elf Christmas Craft

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Looking for an easy Christmas craft?  This cinnamon stick Santa and Elf craft is so simple to make.  This would be a wonderful addition to the Christmas tree or a frugal Christmas craft to sell at your local craft fair.

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Years 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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Making This Simple DIY Christmas Ornament

This is a very simple DIY Christmas ornament 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

Closeup photo of cinnamon sticks on a linen cloth


  1. Paint each cinnamon stick the desired color, leaving a small strip towards the top unpainted where Santa’s face will be
  2. Let paint dry. Apply second coat if needed.
  3. When paint is dry, glue on accessories.
  4. White pompon goes at the very top for the tip of his hat.
  5. Googly eyes go at the top of the unpainted section.
  6. Fluff up the cotton ball and glue that under the eyes
  7. Glue on the three buttons down the middle of the cinnamon stick
  8. Glue yard or ribbon at the top to form a loop for hanging.
  9. 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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  1. These are too cute! I bet they smell good too.

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