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A Chews Christmas: Inspiration for Natural DIY Decorations

A Chews Christmas: Inspiration for Natural DIY Decorations

Looking for an old-fashioned aesthetic in your holiday decorations? Perhaps you want projects for your children, or you simply desire the smell of cinnamon and star anise to fill your home. Whatever your reasons, we have compiled a list of ideas and a few how to’s to get you started on your foodie-inspired ornaments.

Supplies to consider 

  • acrylic paint
  • all-purpose flour
  • apple sauce
  • apple slices
  • baking sheets
  • cinnamon sticks
  • citrus fruit slices
  • dried spices such as bay leaf, rosemary, and sage
  • drinking straw
  • fresh or freeze-dried cranberries
  • fresh pine or crafting pine twigs
  • ground cinnamon
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • jute twine
  • paint brushes
  • parchment paper
  • popcorn
  • regular or leather sewing needle
  • rolling pin
  • salt
  • star anise
  • wax paper
  • wax thread

How to Dry Fruit Slices

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice fruit in 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Leave space between slices.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 – 7 hours. Turn slices over every 2 hours. Do not burn.
  5. Once fruit is dried, remove it from the oven. Place slices on a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before beginning your project.


  • Create an orange slice ornament by pairing a slice of dried orange with a cinnamon stick. Use jute twine to enhance the rustic feel.
  • Use wax thread to string a pattern of dried fruit, dried herbs, and cranberries. Add star anise to your garland by placing a dot of hot glue on the back of the star near its top. Carefully place the thread across the hot glue and secure it by adding fresh or crafting pine over the top of the thread. Allow to dry completely before picking it up.
  • Hot glue dried fruit slices and star anise to fresh pine to create a swag. Use jute twine or ribbon to hang it from your wall or door.

Cinnamon-Scented Ornaments

  1. Mix 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce with 1 cup ground cinnamon. Adjust applesauce and cinnamon as needed to create a dough that is not too crumbly and easy to roll.
  2. Place the dough, a quarter at a time, between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Using 2 – 3 inch cookie cutters, cut out your favorite holiday shapes. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament with a drinking straw.
  4. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave space between each ornament.
  5. Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 1/2 hours or until ornaments are completely dried but not burned.
  6. Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before beginning craft projects.


  • Thread jute twine or ribbon through the hole and hang as an ornament. Hot glue star anise to the center of a star-shaped ornament for added dimension and scent.
  • String ornaments into garland or add to a dried fruit garland or swag.
Inspiring Ideas to Research
  • Candy garlands
  • Dried herb ornaments or garland
  • Gingerbread cookie ornaments
  • Popcorn and cranberry garland
  • Popcorn balls
  • Salt flour ornaments painted with acrylic paint
  • Simmering herbs and fruit for holiday scents
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