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.
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.
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.
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.
Twist the wire around the bottom of the loop.
One thing I’d like to point out is, try to choose sticks with thicker sides so you can avoid this problem.
After twisting around the bottom of the loop, bend the wire to the outside of the stick, spiraling it toward the bottom.
When you reach the bottom, twist the end of the wire around the top of the jingle bell.
Ready to hang.
A fun side effect of making these ornaments was that my hands smelled like cinnamon all day. Yum.