Cornucopias are a fun, easy, decorative celebration of the 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 cornucopias were soon crafted from basket materials, metal and even bread dough.
The cornucopia itself and your choice of seasonal fruits, nuts and flowers are the essential ingredients. Basket style cornucopia can be found in your local store’s Home & Garden department. The produce and flowers should be fresh and varied.
A large tray or decorative mat to place beneath the horn can be used to help anchor the arrangement and tie the varied colors and textures together.
Pro Tip: Place a crumple of paper or foil inside the horn to assist in keeping the decorative elements front and center.
A Cornucopia of Options
If you can’t find a horn-shaped basket, feel free to substitute a decorative bowl. You can also create your own from a paper bag or even bake one – no artistic bread making skills required!
Party Favor Cornucopias
Miniature, place-setting cornucopias are another easy DIY – that guests can take home! The “horns” could be a paper cone, 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. You could take it one step further and make chocolate cornucopia cake pops!
Making cornucopias is fun, festive and decoratively rewarding. Your guests will be wowed and your home will look great!