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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cinnamon Stick Scrabble Ornaments

I decided to make a cinnamon stick Christmas ornament to put in my giveaway box.
I make these every year and people love them. Last year at a craft show I brought the ornaments already made, except I had no letters on them. I personalized them while they waited.

Here are the supplies you need:

buttons, cinnamon sticks, scrabble letters, ribbons and/or bows of your choice,
crafting wire, jingle bells and hot glue gun.

Cut a piece of the wire twice the length of the cinnamon stick, plus a little longer. Fold the wire in half and slide a jingle bell down one of the wires to the bend.

Slide the wire up the holes of the cinnamon stick. Sometimes, this can get a little tricky. You may have to wiggle and push a little to get it to go. Sometimes, they won't go at all and you have to try another cinnamon stick until you get one that works.

Twist the excess wire around and around and shape it into a hanger.

Now, get your bow or ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the cinnamon stick.

If the wire is loose, glue it where it comes out the top of the cinnamon stick, so it will stay in place.

Glue your scrabble letters down the cinnamon stick. I just realized that I didn't have one with my name on it. So, I made one for me. Don't you just love the stringy hot glue that gets everywhere.

I made one that says PEACE and I made one without letters on it. WHY? It will go into my giveaway box tomorrow to be mailed to the winner. I will put your name on it (if I have the letters needed) or another name or a Christmas word. Whatever you want, just so long as I have the letters needed to do it.

Here they are hanging on my undecorated tree.

They are easy to make. I usually pick up cinnamon sticks and old scrabble games at yard sales all summer.

Use your imagination. Use any type or color of ribbon you want. Use rusty bells if you have them. You don't have to put buttons on them, I just so happen to like buttons and I have lots of them. I try to use what I have on hand when I make crafts.

Good words to put on them are: JOY, LOVE, SIS, MOM, DAD, PEACE, CHRIST, SANTA, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, SNOW, SNOWMAN, etc.

Give it a try and make them for gifts or for your family. They would make good name tags on gifts.


  1. Oh Janet, those are lovely. And you know I really like the one with the word PEACE on it. Wonder why? :) Thanks for sharing such a great craft tutorial with us. xxoo

  2. beautiful... great idea... I never see old scrabble games at garage sales or thrift stores!

  3. I love this idea! I've never seen it before.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. How cute! A great idea for last-minute gifts.

  5. THose are so cute, Janet! Thanks for showing us how to make them.

  6. I think even I could make these and they would look good with my snowmen on my snowman tree. I could use snow, snowflake, snowman, let it snow..

  7. Janet! These are wonderful! Such creativity! I want one!! :)

  8. I'm going to show my wife this post. I bet she will like to make this one.

  9. What a great idea!
    I think I'll make one for my two nephew's first Christmas this year. I have everything but the cinnamon sticks and the letters. Thanks!!!

  10. Love it! I'm going to put these on my list.

  11. These are sooo cute- I think I will make one with each of our kids names on them!!Thanks for the great ideas!

  12. just a side note: I won the give away last year and my scrabble ornament is PROUDLY hung on my Christmas tree this year. I did find a scrabble game at a thrift store during the year, but never made any ornaments. I'm going to wal mart in a few minutes, and I"m going to look for cinnamon sticks. I just may make a few of these today! Thanks!


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