Cinnamon Sticks

Winter in western New York sucks…to say the least. It’s gray, depressing, and we probably won’t have sunshine for another 3 months. Needless to say I have been kind of lagging on my crafting lately, even though I’ve got a bunch of really great ideas for 2011. Lately I’ve seen cinnamon sticks on sale at the craft stores…not sure why they are all on clearance, unless they are considered “Christmas” or holiday items? Anyway, I have always found great uses for cinnamon sticks and thought I would share a few. Sorry the pictures aren’t great! Basic long cinnamon sticks like these are great for making “cinnamon stick stars”. I just laid them out in a star shape and tied the ends with a small piece of homespun. You have to “weave” the sticks, so they don’t fall apart. You’ll see what I mean if you try it. These are so simple and cost next to nothing to make! A cute Christmas tree topper perhaps?

The other great idea I had was a simple one – use them as jar fillers. These were some small ones I had on hand that I mixed with a few seed pods/potpourri, and filled these small jars I found at the dollar store. I spray painted the lids black, and sanded the edges. I did the same thing but in mason jars, with slightly longer cinnamon sticks. I used this jar set up (below) which then creates a cute votive holder!

Even easier is bundling them to sell as decorative bowl fillers. I literally tied together 6-7 sticks, tied with homespun, and added a grubby tag that said “Cinnamon Sticks” and sold them as is. A cute prim tag can do wonders! I love the simplicity of things like this.

Though these are not cinnamon sticks, I did the same for these really cool bean pods that my mom found. She picked them off some tree and we let them dry out…they were really neat! Does anyone know exactly what they are or what kind of tree they come off of?  I tied and labeled them and they couldn’t look cuter in this little cast iron bowl.

Lastly, I tied them onto some rose hip potpourri just as a fun accent.

I found this picture at Country Living and would like to try this eventually. Seems easy enough…just hot glue em on to the side of a little glass votive! They look very Thanksgiving-ish here, don’t ya think?

Guess that’s all for now. What other ideas do you have for using cinnamon sticks??

Happy Crafting! 🙂

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 23:35:22

    Love everything you did with the cinnamon stickes!
    I cut some long ones in half and ripped stripes of homespun…then wrapped it around the cinnamon stick…leaving a little of the stick showing on either end amd displayed them in an old wooden bowl.


  2. photobyholly
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 08:22:37

    Very cute ideas!! Those cinnamon stick stars would be perfect just about anywhere (or any TIME)! I love the last idea, too – the cinnamon sticks around the candle holder – you’ll have to post them if you do make them! It’s amazing how something simple can work out so beautifully!!


  3. Kim
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 15:11:56

    Hello! Just found your blog and have been going back through your posts, looking at all the neat things. You’ve definitely inspired me with a couple things already. I especially liked the Dollar Store stuff post, those were some great makeovers that I never would have thought of. And who doesn’t love the dollar store???

    Those bean pods you used up there? Are most likely seed pods from a Catawba tree. Around here (WV) they are crazy fast-growing and can grow up to 5 feet in a summer. They drop those bright green, long seed pods from about midsummer on. And what a creative, primitive idea to dry and tie them.

    Looking forward to following your blog now that I found you!


  4. Kathy Jeffries
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 21:49:14

    Hi. recently discovered your blog and I love, love ,love, your ideas. Especially doing your own silicone bulbs. no more paying nearly $3.00 for 2 bulbs. Anyway while searching through your older posts, I saw your bean pods and saw your question. Not sure if you got an answer but I’m pretty sure they are the bean pods from a Catalpa tree. my mom planted some at the family farm when I was a teenager and they are HUGE now. Hope this helps’. and thanks for all the tips:)


    • Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night
      Nov 06, 2011 @ 08:10:42

      Thanks so much Kathy. I stopped paying for those bulbs a long time ago…they are so darn expensive so why not make them yourself for next to nothing!!! Thanks for answering my bean pod question – I never knew what they were. My mom gathered those pods for me from a tree near her house, but unfortunately they chopped it down…so no more pods for me! 😦 Oh well. Thanks again for your comment and have a great day!!! 🙂 ~Maggie


  5. me from here
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:25:11

    Actually, they could be from Catalpa Trees (but I think the name is derived from Catawba?). Messy trees and I remember my grandmother had this in her yard and the suckers were HORRIBLE in the summer when I was running around as a kid in bare feet! Very potent flowers, too. But, I am thrilled to happen to have one in our own back yard since it does bring back memories of my childhood. NEVER would’ve thought to use the seed pods for anything, though! Interesting!


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