Sometimes things look easy, until you try them. This little stick craft done with ribbon and cinnamon sticks was one of those projects.
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I had seen this DIY Christmas ornament on Pinterest…the original one I saw was done with a stick instead of cinnamon, and it looked adorable….and simple. So I thought I’d give it a try! Well, mine didn’t turn out quite as adorable, but they were still pretty fun to make, and they are a cute addition to the Christmas tree this year.
Here’s a quick video on the process. We learned a number of things as we were doing this project that we’d alter for next time, so read more about that in the written directions below the supply list!
Supplies needed to make Christmas Tree Cinnamon Ornaments Stick Craft:
To make this Christmas Tree Stick Craft:
I followed the tutorial from Fireflies and Mudpies, (the blog whose pin I found on Pinterest). I simply used a cinnamon stick in lieu of a regular ‘ol stick. Here are a couple tips/tricks I’d suggest after having done this project…
1.) DO NOT cut your ribbon until EVERYTHING is tied onto your “tree” and positioned the way you like it. That’s the easiest way to ensure you get that perfect tree shape. And fabric/sewing scissors are a MUST. If you use regular scissors, your ribbon will almost definitely fray. If you don’t have sewing scissors, then make sure you put some glue or fray check on the ends of your ribbon so it doesn’t fray.
2.) The STIFFER the ribbon, the better. I used grosgrain ribbon, which is pretty stiff, but it still wasn’t stiff enough to stay put where I wanted it to. It kept looking limp or falling in a direction I didn’t want it to fall in, so, that leads me to the next tip…
3.) To make your ribbon stiffer so that it behaves how you’d like it to, dampen it with modge podge or watered down white craft glue before you start. This makes for a messier project (you’ll want to tie the ribbon on while still a bit wet from the glue), but the ribbons will end up staying put where you want them to be.