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Project

Autumnal Door Arrangements

Introduction

These exuberant door decorations are inspired by that well-known symbol of harvest abundance, the cornucopia. Instead of the familiar wicker basket overflowing with nuts and fruit, these horns of plenty are made with caning and filled with autumnal flora. 

The arrangements they hold are also magical in a way: The seeded eucalyptus foliage from Bradford pear trees, golden winterberry holly, and dried hydrangeas hold up for weeks without water.

Materials

  • Floral wire or floral tape
  • Caning
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Wire
  • Autumnal flora arrangement

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Bind the stems of foliage, twigs, and dried flower bouquets using floral wire or floral tape. Measure the lengths of the stems. Cut a square of caning that measures slightly longer on the diagonal than the stems. 

  2. Step 2

    Position caning as a diamond, and trim the bottom corner. Soak the caning in water (use a sink, plastic bin, or bathtub) until pliable, about 5 minutes. Place it on a work surface with the trimmed edge closest to you, and place the bouquet on top. 

  3. Step 3

    Wrap the sides around, enclosing the bouquet. To secure, weave pieces of string through the caning in 2 places, and knot them. Let caning dry, which can take up to 24 hours. 

  4. Step 4

    Wrap with a decorative ribbon (we used a wide satin one), tying it in back for a tailored look. Run a wire through the back of the caning to hang.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2008

Reviews (3)

  • ojolie 18 Nov, 2011

    Wish I had seen this craft earlier this Fall season. It's a little late just before Thanksgiving as I have already placed all of our decorations.. Next year!

  • corduroyroad 4 Nov, 2010

    go online to "Perkins"...they have all of that sort of thing!

  • aa1920 20 Oct, 2008

    Where can I buy caning in New York City? I'd love to create this craft. Could you please let me know where I can find such caning. Thank you.