Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments

Well, this isn’t something I can say often, but this project was inspired by a trip to Costco.  On a recent trip down the baking and spice aisle, I discovered the warehouse-store-sized container of cinnamon sticks.  Despite the sangria recipe on the side, my first thought was how I could use them to keep my house smelling like cinnamon. 

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 1
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 1

To make these, all you need is a cinnamon stick, a jingle bell and some wire.  I used both 18 and 20 gauge craft wire and both worked well.  Anything thicker would be difficult to work with.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 2
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 2

Cut the wire 36 inches long.  My cinnamon sticks are about 6 inches long, so if yours are different you may want to adjust that measurement.  String a jingle bell onto the wire, about 2 inches from the end.  Bend the wire and twist it above the bell.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 3
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 3

Push the other end of the wire up through the center of the cinnamon stick.  Leave about 1/2 of an inch between the bottom of the stick and the top of the bell.  Make a loop at the top.  I bent it around an old film canister.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 4
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 4

Twist the wire around the bottom of the loop.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 5
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 5

One thing I’d like to point out is, try to choose sticks with thicker sides so you can avoid this problem.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 6
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 6

After twisting around the bottom of the loop, bend the wire to the outside of the stick, spiraling it toward the bottom.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 7
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 7

When you reach the bottom, twist the end of the wire around the top of the jingle bell.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 8
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 8

Ready to hang.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 9
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 9

A fun side effect of making these ornaments was that my hands smelled like cinnamon all day.  Yum.

Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 10
Simple Cinnamon Stick Ornaments 10