DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

The last few years I have been without my Thanksgiving decor and serving dishes because they are in Maryland in storage at my mom’s house. To compensate, I have been making decor items to brighten up our table and house. Hopefully, next year we will have all of our stuff back with us.

I have a small cornucopia decoration packed away but I’ve always wanted a large one that I can fill with harvest things to put on our table.  I decided to make my own since I’ve only ever seen wicker ones at the store to buy. They are nice but I want something different.

This project was really easy to make with very few materials needed; burlap, paper, wire, tape, and glue.

For the base of the cornucopia, I used armature wire to construct circles in graduated sizes. I didn’t use a specific size but started with the largest circle and went down from there.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

To form the shape of the horn, I attached the circles together with long pieces of the wire. I used four pieces to keep the shape and taped them together with masking tape.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

Covering the armature I used a plain brown paper.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I rolled up some of the brown paper to make a lip at the opening of the horn. My husband had some strips of burlap from a project he had been working on and I confiscated them for my project. Don’t feel bad, he was done with the project and didn’t need them anymore. 🙂

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I couldn’t make up my mind on what glue to use.  I used decoupage glue until that ran out and switched to watered down tacky glue.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

To make the base I began laying down the strips basically building it up like papiér maché.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I let the first layer dry overnight and then added strips to the inside.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

Then I added more strips to the lip and until the entire horn was covered nicely. The last thing I added was the burlap ruffle that I had leftover from my table runner I made. In the end, I had to buy some more glue because I was low when I started this project anyway. I found using the tacky glue without watering it down and just squirting it onto the strips was the easiest way to do it.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I’m so excited with how it turned out. My table is ready!

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

How will you be decorating your table?

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This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. I’m so impressed! What a great idea and it looks sooo pretty! I always have plans in my head for stuff like this, but rarely do it in the real world. 🙂

  2. Love this! Really clever to come up with this idea. I love the addition of the burlap ruffle. I have a rusty metal one or I’d be so tempted to make one too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  3. Another wonderful project Kileen. It turned out so cute and beautiful on the table. You’re skillful. I love your blog. Please keep up your good work and happy holiday!

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