Thanksgiving Cornucopia

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving has really snuck up on me this year.  If you’ve been putting off getting the last of your Thanksgiving preparations together, you don’t have a lot of time.  I know I still have a few napkins I’d like to finish up for my table!  What about you?  Do you have family coming in town?  Are you ready?

One of the things I really looked forward to getting out this year is this cornucopia I put together last year.

I like the natural look of the twine-wrapped raffia, burlap, and wheat stalks.

Of course, the produce is new this year.

It took a little while to put together, but I’m happy with the results, so I think the effort was worth it.

If you want to make your own, start with this tutorial here, which explains how to make the actual horn, but stops short of telling you how to fill it, which is the part I really struggled with last year.  This year, I think I’ve got it figured out.

You’ll need two large bundles of wheat grass from the craft store.  I waited until they were on sale, so it cost me a total of $6 for both.  

They come with whiskers, which you will want to take off to get the look we’re going for.

You can either pull them off or cut them off.  It’s hard to do either without losing some of the little seeds, but don’t worry too much about it.  When you’re all done, it won’t really make a difference.  By the way, this part is SUPER messy!  You’ll have little seeds and whiskers EVERYWHERE!  Aack!

Gather about 15 stalks together, and wrap them with wire, or something that’ll keep them together.  Try to arrange each bundle with the stalks in the center just a little bit taller than the ones on the outside edge.

Put together about 15-20 of these little bundles.  Once you get this part done, which is what took me the longest, you’re ready for the fun part.

Start arranging the bundles around your cornucopia.  Insert a few inside the front edge (the side that shows), but arrange the rest underneath and just to the outside.  It’s important to note that you’re not going to glue the wheat stalk bundles together or to the inside of the cornucopia.  That way, when you take it all apart, you can store the wheat stalks inside the cornucopia for safe keeping until next year.

If you have some stray raffia, you can use it to cover the wire used to tie the bundles together that are laying inside the cornucopia, like I did.  Place a few larger pieces of produce in the back of the cornucopia to keep it steady.

I used a little bag of beans underneath the back edge to keep the cornucopia where I wanted it while I was filling it.  Also, you can see here that the wheat stalk bundles may show underneath.

Which is why I strategically placed these two little squashes in front so you couldn’t see.

Now just start placing your produce in the cornucopia.  I tried to start with the biggest ones first, placing them in the back and on the bottom.

Lastly, add a few nuts to fill in any gaps.

When you’re all done, stand back and admire your beautiful cornucopia!

Or on second thought, you might want to file this idea away for next year!  In any case, I hope your Thanksgiving preparations are coming along.

Stay tuned for an update on Little Guy’s bedroom makeover.  I’ve got the paint up and can’t wait to show you what it looks like so far!

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