Creating Memories with Apple-Cinnamon Clay

Are you looking to add some extra spice to your family’s quality time together? According to award-winning author Donna Erickson, sometimes the secret ingredient is making a mess. That’s right! Contrary to what you might think, messes can be a sign of a great time, especially for kids. Simple activities like playing in a big pile of leaves or splashing in puddles after an afternoon shower can become cherished family traditions that kids will remember for years to come.

But it’s not just outdoor fun that can be a little messy. Families can enjoy endless indoor adventures too, without giving the mess a second thought. Donna Erickson’s favorite indoor activity this time of year is making apple-cinnamon clay. It’s a creative and aromatic craft that both adults and kids can enjoy together. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the delightful world of apple-cinnamon clay and explore how this fun and messy project can become a treasured family tradition.

Creating Apple-Cinnamon Clay Magic

So, what do you need to get started with this delightful clay-making adventure? Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 1/2 part applesauce
  2. 1/2 part cinnamon
  3. Mixing bowl
  4. 2 sheets of waxed paper
  5. Rolling pin
  6. Cookie cutter shapes of all sizes

To begin, mix equal parts of cinnamon and applesauce together. For a small batch, using 1/2 cup of each should suffice. If the mixture becomes too sticky, add more cinnamon; if it’s too stiff, add more applesauce. Finding the right balance can be part of the creative fun!

Once your clay mixture is ready, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get messy. Scoop the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper, and then place an additional sheet on top. Use the rolling pin to flatten the mixture until it’s approximately 1/2-inch thick.

Now, the real fun begins! Decide what shapes you’d like to create and press the cookie cutters into the clay. Think leaves and pumpkins for fall, trees and snowflakes for Christmas. Trim away any extra dough to perfect your shapes. The result? A collection of beautiful, aromatic ornaments or cool jewelry pieces that are truly unique.

But what about the mess, you might wonder? Donna Erickson has a solution for that too. When your hands get sticky, she suggests using moist cloths or wipes to make clean-up fun. It’s the next best thing to washcloth clean, and it adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the process. We actually keep a bowl of water handy to use as a finger bowl too…makes it a snap.

After the creative part is done, it’s time to let your clay creations dry. Place them on a cooling rack and allow them to air-dry for about 24 hours or until they become hard. Then, let your imagination run wild as you decorate them with paints, glitter, or any other craft supplies you have on hand. You can even add clasps to make pins or attach ribbons for necklaces. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for family members to express their creativity and personal style.

Building Traditions with Apple-Cinnamon Clay

Now that you’ve created these beautiful and unique clay ornaments and jewelry pieces, what’s next? Well, they’re not just for decoration; they can become part of your family’s cherished traditions.

Here are some ideas for incorporating apple-cinnamon clay into your family’s traditions:

1. Annual Crafting Session: Designate a day each year for a family crafting session. Everyone can come together to create new clay ornaments or jewelry, adding to your collection of homemade treasures.

2. Personalized Gifts: Encourage your kids to make special gifts for family members and friends using their clay creations. It’s a heartfelt way to show love and appreciation.

3. Holiday Decor: Incorporate your clay creations into your holiday decorating. Hang them on the Christmas tree, use them as napkin holders, or create a unique centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

4. Memory Ornaments: Make a special ornament each year that represents a significant event or milestone in your family’s life. As you decorate the tree together, you can reminisce about those special moments.

5. Crafty Playdates: Invite friends and their families over for a crafty playdate, where everyone can create their own clay masterpieces. It’s a fantastic way to strengthen bonds and create lasting memories with friends too.

6. Clay Creations Cookbook: Document your clay-making adventures in a family “Clay Creations Cookbook.” Include the recipes, photos of your creations, and anecdotes about the fun you had while making them.

Incorporating apple-cinnamon clay into your family traditions is a fantastic way to bond, create lasting memories, and nurture your children’s creativity. Plus, the sweet and spicy aroma of these clay creations will always remind you of the fun times you had together.

So, next time you’re wondering how to add some extra fun to your family time, remember that sometimes, making a mess can be the best recipe for unforgettable memories. Embrace the joy of crafting together with apple-cinnamon clay, and watch as your family traditions and creativity flourish. Happy crafting!

 

Join the Conversation: Share Your Family’s Creative Adventures!

aWe hope you’ve been inspired by the delightful world of apple-cinnamon clay and the joy it can bring to your family’s traditions. Now, we want to hear from you! Have you ever tried making apple-cinnamon clay with your loved ones? Or do you have other creative family activities that you’d like to share?

Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation about the beautiful messes, cherished memories, and the creative adventures that make family time truly special. Your stories and ideas can inspire others to create their own memorable moments, so don’t hesitate to share. We’re excited to hear from you!


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