Cornucopia DIY … Assemble your own Horns of Plenty

Cornucopia DIY
  • Posted October 28, 2016

Cornucopias are a fun, easy, decorative celebration of 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 cornucopia soon came to be 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 at thrift stores, craft stores, produce markets, and florists. You can also create your own from a paper bag or even bake one – no artistic bread making skills required! The produce and flowers should be fresh and varied for the lushest display whether from the farmers market or the local grocery.

paper bag cornucopia bread cornucopia
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A large tray or decorative mat to place beneath the horn can be used help to anchor the arrangement and tie the varied colors and textures together. A final hidden ingredient could be a crumple of paper or foil, to place in the depths of the horn to assist in keeping the decorative elements front and center.

Party Favor Cornucopias

Miniature, place-setting cornucopias are another easy DIY - that guests can take with! The “horns" could be paper cones; 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.

candy cornucopia candy bird nest table favor
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Dawn Sherwood
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Dawn Ochsner is a landscape designer and garden writer.

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Cornucopia Fillers & Spillers:

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