DIY Cornucopia
- assemble your own horns of plenty -

Posted on November 7, 2016

DIY Cornucopia

Cornucopias are a fun, easy, decorative celebration of the harvest season bounty. Fruits, nuts, flowers and even grains are arranged to tumble from a horn-shaped vessel in a rich display of colors, textures, abundance and gratitude. In Greek times a curved goat's horn was used, but cornucopias were soon crafted from basket materials, metal and even bread dough.

Cornucopia Centerpieces

The cornucopia itself and your choice of seasonal fruits, nuts and flowers are the essential ingredients. Basket style cornucopia can be found in your local store's Home & Garden department. The produce and flowers should be fresh and varied.

Steps to Make a DIY Cornucopia

A large tray or decorative mat to place beneath the horn can be used to help anchor the arrangement and tie the varied colors and textures together.

Pro Tip: Place a crumple of paper or foil inside the horn to assist in keeping the decorative elements front and center.

A Cornucopia of Options

If you can't find a horn-shaped basket, feel free to substitute a decorative bowl. You can also create your own from a paper bag or even bake one – no artistic bread making skills required!

Decorative Bowl Cornucopia

Bread and Paper Cornucopias

Party Favor Cornucopias

Miniature, place-setting cornucopias are another easy DIY - that guests can take home! The “horns" could be a paper cone, miniature basket, ceramic or bread versions; or even sugar cones meant for ice cream. Fill them with a tumble of nuts, raisins, candy corn or dainty chocolates. You could take it one step further and make chocolate cornucopia cake pops!

Chocolate Cornucopia Cake Pops filled with candy and sprinkles

Making cornucopias is fun, festive and decoratively rewarding. Your guests will be wowed and your home will look great!

Looking for more decorating ideas for Thanskgiving? Find them here!

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Cornucopia Fillers & Spillers:

  • Pomegranates
  • Small squash
  • Indian corn
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Grain stalks


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