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Thanksgiving is a time to gather and give thanks. Make this DIY cornucopia basket which is a symbol of a bountiful harvest for your table.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add some festive decor to your Thanksgiving table, look no further. This DIY cornucopia basket will add the perfect touch. With just a few materials and a little bit of time, you can make your version of this traditional harvest symbol. Let’s get started!
When did the Pilgrims’ cornucopia become a symbol of abundance?
A popular story attributes its origins to Zeus and Amalthea. First, these two were nursing at her goat’s milk when he broke one horn off. He filled it with fruit from their harvest which then became known as the “Horn Of Plenty”.
Secondly, there is a myth that suggests that this same design was worn by Heracles. While he nursed his animals during battle – an act for which humans have always admired strength even if they do not know why!
But no matter what you believe about its origins (or if they even exist), we know now just what this beautiful object means: plenty!
You will need just a few supplies to get you going.
Burlap material, about 1-2 yds. (This depends on how large you make your cornucopia basket)
1/4-1/2″ sisal rope
Whatever you want to put inside your cornucopia basket
Here are the Steps to How I Made my DIY Cornucopia Basket
Cut a piece of chicken wire large enough to form a cone.
Roll the chicken wire into the shape of a cone and attached the wire with the ends that you cut.
I cut off about 8″ on the open end of the cone. You can make this cornucopia as large or small as you like.
You want to bend the end of the cone into a shape of a cornucopia.
Cover the entire cornucopia wire frame with burlap. I did this using a glue gun to attach the burlap to the wire. I left about 3″ of fabric on the edge so I could fold the raw edge into the cornucopia.
Wrapping the Cornucopia with the Sisal Rope
To make your DIY cornucopia, you want to cover the entire horn in sisal rope., I am using a 1/4″ rope and starting at the tip of the horn and working my way down.
See my images below, you want to stop the rope at the first black line and then start a new line of rope where you see the second black line. ( watch the video below as well)
Then I cut individual pieces of rope and glued them into the space in between the two sections of rope, leaving 3″ on each end of the rope. Once I added all of the pieces I could into this center section, I frayed the 3″ ends that I left on the ends for a fun look on top of the cornucopia.
I found this to be the best way to wrap the rounded edge. You may be able to use one continuous rope, however, my cornucopia was very large, so this was the best method I found to work and I love the frayed edge trim on the top of the basket.
Now you are ready to wrap it up and style your DIY cornucopia basket
First, I chose to use a blanket for my tablecloth instead of a traditional tablecloth. The texture and fringe of the blanket give the table warmth and character.
Start with some fresh pine greens(I picked off of the tree), added some dried leaves, pumpkins, pinecones, feathers, and a few rusty bells.
I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial. Give it a try to add a beautiful centerpiece to your Thanksgiving table. Please be sure to send me a picture, I would love to see what you have created.
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