How to Make a Cornucopia or Horn of Plenty Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

Find the steps and supplies to create a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, for your Thanksgiving table. This centerpiece is easier to create than you might think and a festive way to celebrate harvest season.

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Happy Friday!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away?

A cornucopia, also known as a horn of plenty, symbolizes abundance and a bountiful harvest,

associated with Thanksgiving.

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I’ve been looking for a cornucopia to use as a centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table.

 As I couldn’t find the size I wanted, I decided to make one!

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 I wanted a horn of plenty that was large enough hold an assortment of harvest elements and to use as an arrangement with flowers, fruits and / or veggies for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. My finished cornucopia is 20 inches long, from front to tail, with an 8 inch wide opening.

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This cornucopia came together in a couple of hours.

It wasn’t hard, it just took a little time figuring out the easiest way to do it.

The best part is you can customize it to the size you desire with just a few supplies.

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Here the materials I used:

12 x 50 inch roll of chicken wire (I used most of it)

45 foot roll of wired hemp or grapevine wire (I used 2 rolls)

5 inch x 10 yard burlap ribbon (I used less than 2 yards)

Garden twine

Side cutting pliers

Optional: gloves for handling chicken wire

I found the chicken wire and wired hemp at Michaels. Affliate links for supplies are at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

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I rolled the chicken wire into a cone the approximate size I wanted my finished cornucopia to be.

Cut the chicken wire with pliers or snips, bending the wire to attach edges.

You may want to use gloves to protect your hands.

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I cut a second smaller piece to form the horn of the cone, then placed the smaller cone

over the tail of the larger cone, bending the tail up to give it a horn shape.

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Press and mold the wire pieces together. The burlap ribbon will hold them in place.

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 I wrapped the cone with burlap ribbon, starting at the horn end, overlapping as I went.

When I got to the opening of the cone, I cut the ribbon,

tucking a length inside along the bottom of the cone.

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Starting again at the horn end, I wrapped the hemp wire around the cone.

The hemp wire adds some basket-like texture, and holds the burlap in place.

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Repeat wrapping with wire until you achieve your desired texture. 

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When I got to the opening of the cornucopia, I used the wire to attach the ribbon to the chicken wire,

weaving it in and out the holes along the edges.

When I ran out of wire, I used some garden twine that I had as it blended with the burlap.

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As I didn’t have a tapestry or darning needle, I snipped the ends off a bobby pin with pliers

so I could run the twine through the holes of the burlap more easily.

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I also used the twine to tack down the end of the ribbon inside the cone.

Feel free to skip this step as the inside or the cornucopia will be concealed once filled.

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I may add another roll of hemp wire to give the cornucopia more of a basket texture.

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When finished, I tied a bow with some brown satin wire-edged ribbon to add some embellishment

and filled my cornucopia with pumpkins, gourds, leaves and nuts.

It’s placed on a board to elevate it as a centerpiece with more harvest elements around it,

including Indian corn.

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This is an easy and fun project!

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You can see the cornucopia as a centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table with some fruit and flowers, HERE, as well additional Thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration with my Monday Morning Blooms friends!

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If you’re looking for another idea for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, you might also like. . .

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DIY Cone-ucopias for Thanksgiving

 These cone-copias as fun to make as they are to receive! Affordable to make from scrapbook paper, these favors double as table decorations. See them at a Giving Thanks table, HERE.

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Looking for some appetizers, desserts or sides for your Thanksgiving feast?

You can find 25 Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Want to Gobble, HERE.

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  22 comments for “How to Make a Cornucopia or Horn of Plenty Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

  1. November 12, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Mary, this is an excellent idea and so creative. I know it will be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table. Happy Friday!

  2. Debbie Joens
    November 12, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Beautiful as always Mary! The step by step directions are so helpful. Can’t wait to see your tablescape on Monday. Have a great weekend!

    • November 15, 2021 at 8:51 am

      Thank you Debbie! I’m trying to get in touch with you. I left you a couple of emails but I’m afraid the email address I have left with your comment is not your updated one. If it is and you get this message, can you check your spam folder? Thank you!

  3. November 12, 2021 at 8:00 am

    What a crafty DYI!! Turned out beautiful! I love the ribbon…it adds sooo much! Thank you for sharing!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 🦃🍁 BTW: I’ve seen some large shells that would make a really neat cornucopia…just a thought.

  4. November 12, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Oh Mary, aren’t you clever in creating in this cornucopia??!! It turned out so great and looks so pretty with the bow and filled with gourds. 👏🏻🍁 🦃 🍂👏🏻

  5. Barb
    November 12, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for sharing your instructions for this creative craft – I love that I can make one in any size I need! Where are the links for the components?

    • November 12, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Hi Barb, the Amazon links are at the bottom on the post. Just click on the “shop now” badges. :)

  6. Carolyn Childers
    November 12, 2021 at 11:32 am

    I have a cornucopia made with grape vine. You might take your idea and after the burlap wrapping wrap grapevine or in my case Virginia creeper vine which is all over my property. You are so creative and always love your tables. Happy Thanksgiving. Carolyn

  7. November 12, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Mary, your creative clever ideas just keep coming. This is wonderful!
    Thanks for continuing to inspire us!!! Have a great weekend!

  8. Clara
    November 12, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Hi Mary, I think the way you used the wreath is so clever. I’m definitely using your idea. I like the Colonial Trimmings wreath, but love them all really! I follow you on Pinterest already. I follow Magnolia Wreath now. Happy Friday! Clara ❤️

  9. Rebecca Payne
    November 12, 2021 at 11:38 am

    I love it. What a great centerpiece.

  10. Clara
    November 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Mary, This is a wonderful idea and project! It looks easy enough and your instructions are nicely detailed. This is a beautiful cornucopia! Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday! Clara❤️

  11. Debbie
    November 12, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Oh, Mary, your cornucopia is beautiful.

  12. Cindy Baumeister
    November 12, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    This is so beautiful! Thank you!

  13. Donna
    November 12, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Nice, clear directions. Love the brown bow too.

  14. November 13, 2021 at 8:33 am

    How creative and clever Mary! I love love the way it turned out! Chicken wire is handy stuff! It looks great filled with fall bounty, I’m looking forward to seeing more on Monday!
    Jenna

  15. November 13, 2021 at 9:06 am

    That came out darling, love the flexibility of custom sizing! I didn’t know Thanksgiving was so soon, still slaving away outdoors, life is passing me by, I realized I’m the one that cooks and had better get on the menu and decorations!

  16. Rita C.
    November 13, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Holy horn of plenty, Mary! That is freakin’ fabulous. I was unpacking and trying to store baskets and trays this evening, and my cornucopia was giving me fits. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Yours could just be smooshed and reshaped! I love how you ‘sewed’ the twine on the edges. Beautiful!

  17. Linda🐝
    November 14, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Great job! Lovely centerpiece! Easy to follow instructions. Thanks. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃🍂

  18. Dorinda Selke
    November 14, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Mary ~ I think your cornacopia is the prettiest one I have seen. I love the way the back of it has such a cute little swirl ! What a beautiful centerpiece it will be ! Hugs, Dorinda

  19. Cyndi Raines
    November 16, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Your talent knows no end Mary, this is totally awesome! I love the hemp wire and twine intermingled which gives it a rustic look, but then the beautiful brown satin ribbon sets it off beautifully! And only you would have had such a great creative thought to cut off the ends of a bobby pin to create a make shift needle. So SMART! 😉 A work of art indeed ! 🍂🍊

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