Howard has so many wonderful memories of Thanksgiving from when he was child. However, one that stands out the most is the beautiful cornucopia that was always right in place on the dining room table.

One of our favorite parts of the holidays is incorporating traditions from when we were growing up into our own little family today. For Howard, one of those traditions is a Thanksgiving cornucopia. He remembers his mother always having one out on the dining table every Thanksgiving. It’s also a great alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. When decorating our home for Thanksgiving, we knew we wanted to include a homemade cornucopia.

We were lucky enough to find a beautiful cornucopia at our favorite antique store. However, you can typically find them at your local craft stores or online through retailers like Amazon. To start, we filled our cornucopia with blocks of floral foam, which we secured with floral wire that was thread from one edge of the opening to the other. We secured the foam this way with two pieces of wire in a criss-cross pattern.

A cornucopia is also known as a horn of plenty and next came the part where we fill it with all sorts of beautiful (artificial) fruits, vegetables and florals. We started with bunches of grapes in green and purple that were secured to the bottom of our cornucopia opening with floral wire. They were placed so that they’re cascading out of the cornucopia, to really give the impression that it’s overflowing with this great bounty.

Working our way up from the grapes, we next arranged apples, pumpkins, gourds and ears of corn, which were secured with floral picks inserted into both the fruits/vegetables and floral foam. As we were arranging everything, we noticed how there were so many different colors, which we absolutely loved.


We had a couple of pinecones available so we decided to include one by wrapping floral wire around the bottom of it, careful not to prick ourselves too bad, then attaching the wire to a floral pick. Of course, that pick went right into the floral foam, right up top like the star on a Christmas tree.

At this point, there were lots of exposed floral foam in between all of the fruits and vegetables. To fill in this space, we used stems of leaves, miniature pomegranates and florals in red and yellow.

When we were done, not only did we have a beautiful piece of handmade Thanksgiving decor but, more importantly, we had something that instantly brought back so many wonderful memories of Howard’s childhood. We hope that when his mom sees it, she’ll be proud.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: A cornucopia filled with fresh fruits and vegetables would be an unforgettable centerpiece on the dining room table for Thanksgiving.