Making a cornucopia centerpiece for Thanksgiving is a fun and easy autumn craft for the whole family to enjoy. Everyone is familiar with the cornucopia or horn of plenty for which it is also known as. A cornucopia is a cone or horn shaped object that is filled with abundance. This signifies the wealth and abundance of the harvest season. When we see a cornucopia centerpiece, we immediately think of Thanksgiving. By following these easy to understand instructions, you too will create a gorgeous cornucopia centerpiece that your and your family will enjoy for many Thanksgivings to come.
Raffia or Straw
Faux Autumn Fruits and Vegetable
1. Start your cornucopia centerpiece with an empty cornucopia basket that can be purchased at any craft store. They vary in size, so make sure the size you choose is compatible to where you will be placing your cornucopia centerpiece. You do not want to use a small cornucopia basket if you are trying to transform your Thanksgiving into a bountiful abundant harvest landscape.
2. Organize your supplies neatly and orderly so that you won’t be scrambling to find something after you have begun to make your cornucopia centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
3. Place the straw or raffia into your basket, which you have placed on your tray. This will be your filler and will lend support to the fruits and vegetables that you will use for your cornucopia basket. Filler will “pad” your basket when you make your cornucopia centerpiece so that you don’t have to use so many fruits and vegetables to fill the receptacle. Try to arrange the straw or raffia as neat as you can so it doesn’t look sloppy. When making your cornucopia centerpiece, always think “abundance.”
4. Start arranging your largest faux fruits and vegetables inside the cornucopia basket so that you have a sturdier base for the other supplies. You can get beautiful artificial fruits and vegetables at your local craft or hobby store. Be creative when choosing your fruits and vegetables. I can remember when I was a kid, my mother had a gorgeous cornucopia centerpiece that always was displayed at our home during the Thanksgiving holidays. I always recall the beautiful lifelike green and purple grapes that cascaded out of that basket. When making your cornucopia centerpiece, I recommend that you too, use grapes because they will add a dramatic abundant look to your centerpiece.
5. Fill your cornucopia basket with the remaining fall fruits and vegetables such as miniature pumpkins, different colored gourds, eggplant, zucchini, pomegranates, apples, peppers, corn, and whatever other vibrant fruits and vegetables you might want to add.
6. When making your cornucopia centerpiece for Thanksgiving make sure your fruits and vegetables cascade out of the basket.
7. Remember, your cornucopia centerpiece is being displayed on a tray, so use the tray to display your dried berries, leaves and nuts from your bountiful fall harvest. When you are finished making your cornucopia centerpiece for Thanksgiving, go back and place some beautiful red, orange, yellow and brown leaves in between the fruits and vegetables of your centerpiece.
By following these simple instructions, you will soon be making your own gorgeous cornucopia centerpiece that will signify bounty and abundance for your Thanksgiving table.
To store your cornucopia centerpiece you can either wrap it in plastic and stored it in a cool dry place, or you can dismantle it and differently recreate it again for the next coming year.
Good luck making your cornucopia centerpiece for Thanksgiving and here’s hoping that your own cornucopia of life will be overflowing with abundance for many years to come!