SHE's Crafty: Cornucopia

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Latin meaning for cornucopia is  the "horn of plenty" and is most often seen around Thanksgiving time. Greek mythology tells the story of the cornucopia; it was a magical goat's horn and whenever the owner requested food and drink the horn filled itself with whatever was asked. It's a great decoration for the fall festivities and would also be a unique decoration for a place card table at a wedding. This symbol of abundance and nourishment can be filled with gourds and pumpkins like mine or pears and nuts, whatever you would like.
To create the cornucopia you need burlap, a wicker cornucopia, hemp or twine, and raffia. You can find all these materials as a craft store (at least during Thanksgiving time). 
Take the burlap and wrap the cornucopia in it. It doesn't have to be perfect or look awesome because the whole outside will be covered. So if you try to make anything look good make the inside look good. Use a hot glue gun to glue the burlap to the cornucopia - just be careful because it's super easy to burn yourself (burlap has holes- ouch!!). 
Next take the hemp and tie a knot at the end of the raffia and wrap it around and tie the hemp in another knot at the end of the raffia. Wrap the hemp/raffia that you created around the cornucopia, use a hot glue gun to keep it in place. Continue this process until the whole cornucopia is wrapped with raffia.
Now it' time to fill it up!  Add whatever goodies you'd like to your new cornucopia!

See you next week for another holiday blog!
~ Melissa
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