Cue up the Santa Baby… at our house, today officially kicks off the Christmas season! We make it a tradition to decorate the tree and hang the stockings on the day after Thanksgiving every year. After all, we’ve only got 29 more days to be in the holiday spirit, and this season always flies by so quickly. Thought it would be perfect timing to share an easy ornament DIY that Chanel created for my book last year — it’s a perfect project to tackle this weekend while you’re hanging out at home with relatives, watching TV, or trying to rouse yourself out of a turkey coma.

Making a few craft projects always feels right around the holidays. Handmade gifts and decorations carry a personal touch that makes them likely to become keepsakes, carefully unpacked year after year. For the cookie swap party that I shared in my book, I invited friends to gather around my coffee table to make simple, beautifully-scented ornaments out of different kinds of spices. Cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves are shaped into snowflakes using hot glue and ribbon, and glitter and other adornments give them a magical luster. Post-party, they’re perfect for tying onto holiday packages and of course, hanging on the tree.

*photos by Buff Strickland

Cinnamon Spice Christmas Ornaments


  • hot glue gun
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • star anise
  • twine

  1. Lay out 2 cinnamon sticks in a criss-cross shape and adhere with hot glue. Allow to dry, then add cloves, star anise, and smaller (broken) cinnamon sticks to create a snowflake shape.
  2. Wrap twine decoratively around cinnamon sticks, then hot glue the ends to lie flat. Create a hanger by hot gluing 2 ends of the twine onto the back of the snowflake to create a loop.

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