Thanksgiving is coming! I’m not crazy about this time of year with the cold weather and the short days, but I DO love the holiday season! One of my favorite things to do is holiday decorating. This cornucopia arrangement is something I’ve done for the past few years. It gives an updated twist to a classic decor idea. You will need:
- Wicker cornucopias. These baskets are cheap and pretty easy to find. I got mine at Michael’s. Never mind if the ones you find are kinda ugly. The paint job changes EVERYTHING.
- Paint. Use whatever you like. This material takes paint easily. I used a rust colored metallic paint.
- A small paint brush.
- Fall leaves and other fall-colored foliage. You need a LOT of leaves. Take a cardboard box outside and go ham… especially if you plan to make more than one.
- A spool of wire (around 24 gauge)
- Red beads. Nothing special, just cheap beads or crystals from a craft store. I ripped mine off from an old necklace. The bigger the better.
Start with your cornucopia and paint. Paint all of the outside and at least 1/3 of the inside. Metallic paint really lifts this arrangement and gives it a touch of sophistication.
Now it’s time for the leaves. Gather several leaves and pinch the stems together. Take a long piece of your wire (maybe 2-3 feet), bend it in half and and wrap it around the stems. If you run out of stem, twist the ends of the wire together. The wire gives the stems strength and flexibility and really helps you arrange your leaves the way you want.
For your beads, pass a piece of your wire through the hole and then twist the wire together. I actually wanted red fall berries, but couldn’t find any in time. The beads worked out fine and gave it a bit of sparkle.
Lay a couple of napkins or a small towel in the cornucopia before you start filling it. It will help make the cornucopia look full if you come up short on fillers.
Now it’s time to start filling the cornucopia. First lay down some of your leaves, then start adding sunflowers and other foliage. To help your flowers stay fresh, wet a paper towel and wrap it around the bottom of the stem. Slip it into a no-zip sandwich bag and secure with a rubber band. No one will see it at the bottom of the cornucopia.
Celosia would also look great in this arrangement. You can probably find some at a farmer’s market. I see it all the time in the Home Depot garden section.
Keep filling your arrangement with leaves, foliage, beads/berries and flowers until you are satisfied. You will have an easy, festive and fairly cheap table arrangement. Enjoy!
Celosia – Photos by Stan