November 23, 2009
make your own cornucopia
Thanksgiving is this week. Holy cow. I felt like I was just writing about Halloween (oh wait, I was…damn I’ve been slacking on my posts, sorry guys!). As you can probably tell from my recent lack of posts, I haven’t really had a lot of extra time on my hands, but with the holiday season ahead of us, I’ll try to not disappoint!
I always love having a cornucopia in a Thanksgiving decor scheme. It’s just so traditional. It’s derived from Greek mythology in which a magical goat’s horn filled itself with whatever food and drink its owner requested. It has since become a universal symbol of bounty, which, in turn, is celebrated at America’s Thanksgiving.
You can make your own “horn of plenty” at home and fill it with your heart’s desire. Here’s how:
What you need:
2-foot-long wicker cornucopia (available at crafts stores or floral shops)
2 yards of burlap
Three 200-gram packages of raffia
Spool of jute string
Large binder clip
Pull the burlap around the wicker cornucopia frame, and tuck it inside. Trim any extra burlap with scissors, leaving enough to fold under at edges for a finished look.
Hot-glue the burlap to the frame, lifting the fabric in several areas to apply glue. Press firmly for several seconds so the burlap sticks. Inside the frame, fold the burlap edges under to make a clean hem, and glue to the frame.
Assemble a hank of raffia about 3/4 inch thick; using string, tie a knot around one end of the hank, and clip it to the table. Then wind the string around the raffia at 2-inch intervals to make a yard-long rope.
When you get to the other end, tie a knot. Make another raffia rope. Then, using a short piece of jute string, tie the two ropes together end to end to create one double-length rope.
Make a total of 9 double-length ropes to cover a cornucopia of this size. For the lip of the cornucopia, make a double-length raffia rope, about 2 1/4 inches thick, tying the string around it at 4-inch intervals so the result is looser.
Tie the end of a raffia rope to the tip of the frame with string. Wind the raffia around, and apply glue as you go. At the end of the rope, tie it to another with string, and continue. When all but the lip is covered, tie a long piece of string to the end of the last raffia rope and wrap it around the frame; knot it.
At the basket lip, attach the thicker raffia rope to the last thin rope with string, tying at 4-inch intervals.
Apply more hot glue where needed to secure the raffia ropes to the frame. To display, line the opening with stalks of dried wheat, and add long-lasting fruits and vegetables. I suggesting stuffing the inside with hay, leaves, or something similar…that way you won’t have to buy as many fruits and vegetables, which are a bit more expensive.