Teens Take & Make-Cinnamon Dough Leaf

September 25–October 1, 2022

Stop by your library to pick up your kit. *Please note: We will have a limited number of each kit available for pick up. All kits will be available on a first come, first served basis. One per patron please.

A lovely activity for teens to make into decorations for Autumn and which has the option to
smell lovely for ages!

Project Materials:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • Leaf cookie cutter
  • Up to 1 cup warm water (not included)
  • Food coloring red/yellow/orange (not included)
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg or Cinnamon (this is optional)
  • Mixing Bowl
  1. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl, then add the warm water in small amounts, mixing as you go. It should come together to resemble a slightly sticky dough, but not so sticky that any residue comes off on your fingers. If this happens then you have added too much water and you need to add some more flour to balance it out. It’s very similar to making a cooking dough and can be saved quite easily.
  2. Divide the dough mixture into three and add food coloring to the different balls of dough. It is easiest of all to add the coloring to the water before you mix it in, as this makes it give an even color.
  3. This part is optional: Once you make the dough, add in the spices. Add the cinnamon to all of the dough, but save the 1 tsp of nutmeg for a browner shade.
  4. When finished, roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Use the cookie cutter to make a few leaves. Keep the dough thin (around 1cm or below) and lay the finished creations out on a baking sheet in the oven at a very low temperature (Between 100 degrees – 140 degrees) for around 3 hours. If they are still doughy or soft after this time, simply turn them over and heat again. The idea is to use the oven to air dry them and harden them, not to “cook” them. Once cool they can be covered in mode lodge, glaze, painted or simply left as they are!


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Email your first name, last initial and your photo to teens@parklandlibrary.org

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All programming is sponsored by The Friends of the Parkland Community Library. 
Learn more about The Friends on their webpage.


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