If you are thinking about making your own Thanksgiving centerpiece, you are probably going to be interested in creating a cornucopia. Another way of saying cornucopia is to call it a horn of plenty, and they are very traditional pieces in any thanksgiving celebration. Although these horns of plenty are frequently available at interior design stores come fall, they can be very easy and fun to create yourself.
The first step in creating your cornucopia is to find or make a horn shaped basket, a good material to create this with is wicker. Once your have your horn, it is time to fill it with plenty. Instead of purchasing what fills your cornucopia, begin by making the most of your surroundings. Go on a walk and pick out the best looking and most festive pieces of nature that are going to be ok to bring inside of your home. One popular idea to put underneath your horn of plenty are vibrant, autumn colored maple leaves that can grow to enormous sizes. Next, you are going to want to fill the cornucopia with seasonal pieces such as gourds, pumpkins, ears of corn or apples. Always remember to place your largest items in the cornucopia first, that way your smaller pieces can fill in the gaps. One great item to structure the rest of your design around is a large gourd that can act as a centerpiece. Finally, to further fill in the gaps that the fruits and vegetables have created use more colorful leaves.
A great way to make your cornucopia more versatile is to build it on top of a tray of some kind. By placing it on a tray, you will be able to move it from the living room where the hors d’oeuvres are served to the dinning room table when it is dinnertime. Also, cornucopias are a great way to get children into the holiday spirit, so make sure to incorporate them into the creation process!