Cinnamon Stick Santa and Elf Christmas Craft

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.  Cinnamon stick crafts are aromatic and give a personal touch to your Christmas tree.  Skip the flashy ornaments and go with homemade ornaments instead! 

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Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornaments

How do you decorate with cinnamon sticks?

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!

Like this cinnamon stick ornament? Try these DIY Christmas projects, too:

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Cinnamon Stick Santa and Elf Christmas Craft

Cinnamon stick decorations bring a touch of warmth to your home, as well as a wonderful aroma!  Stock up on cinnamon sticks in bulk and use these homemade ornaments for a Christmas craft at your child’s school or church  class.  Homemade ornaments are a great way to begin your sustainable Christmas journey. 

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

How to make these cinnamon stick ornaments:

You will need to take a few breaks while making these homemade ornaments.  There will have to be time for the paint to dry, the glue to harden, etc.  While you are waiting in between steps, take a few minutes to enjoy some homemade hot chocolate, decorate the Christmas tree, eat Christmas cookies, or a watch a good Christmas movie!  Check out The Cottage Market for more cinnamon stick crafts. 

  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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