Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornament

These ornaments made from cinnamon sticks are great for using up old ribbon and making funny little Christmas trees.

cinnamon stick Christmas tree

Materials/Supplies needed:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbon – I used grosgrain ribbon which worked the best and I also used tiny paper ribbon that I had on hand
  • glue (optional)
  • thread or string for hanging
  • embellishment for the top of the tree (optional)
  • scissors

Directions to make Christmas trees

  1. Cut ribbon into short lengths. I cut mine about 6 inches.
  2. Tie or glue the ribbon onto the cinnamon stick.
  3. I cut my ribbon as I went, angling each cut. The ribbon at the bottom of the tree is longer. As the ribbon goes up to the top, the ribbon is shorter.
  4. Continue to add as many pieces of ribbon as you wish until you reach the top. Adjust the ribbon on the cinnamon stick as needed.
  5. I added a star button at the top of mine to finish it off.
  6. Tie a piece of thread or string around the top of the cinnamon stick for hanging on a Christmas tree.

cinnamon stick Christmas tree


  • Tying the ribbon may get tedious for someone whose eye-hand coordination has decreased. You may wish to have him or her cut the ribbon and even arrange the ribbon once it is tied on.
  • Smell the cinnamon sticks as you work and reminisce about what you use cinnamon with in the kitchen.
  • Experiment with other ways to make a tree. For instance you might try tying strips of old fabric around the stick or glue green felt in the shape of  a Christmas tree onto the cinnamon stick.

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