Barneblad: Make your own special Christmas tree ornament

Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhalll

It’s Christmastime, and one of the things we most look forward to is decorating the Christmas tree, the juletre in Norwegian. The Christmas tree becomes the center of the celebrations, an important symbol of the season.

Each year, it’s fun to add at least one new ornament to your tree. This can be even more fun if you make your own ornament. This makes your juletre so special, as you share your creativity with family and friends—for what is more special than a beautiful Christmas tree?

This project is easy and fun, as you creates a beautiful ornament that has the scent of cinnamon, a spice associated with the holiday season.

Anyone can make these adorable juletre ornaments, so why not make several to decorate your entire tree and fill your house with the scent of Christmas!


  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Twine
  • Thin green ribbon
  • Little red buttons
  • Crafts glue


  1. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon and tie around the stick
  2. Tim the ribbon to make it look like a tree
  3. Glue a short piece of twine to the top of the cinnamon stick to use as a hanger (get a parent to help if you use hot glue)
  4. Glue a red button to the top of the cinnamon stick.

Photos by Ingrid Sampson

This article originally appeared in the December 2023 issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE.

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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.