Miniature cornucopias filled with nuts make festive favors. They're simple to create by rolling pieces of caning into cones, lining them with tissue paper, and finishing with ribbons.
1. Cut a rectangle of caning to about 7 by 4 1/2 inches. Place it horizontally on a work surface, and cut off the bottom left and right corners, starting about halfway from the top (get the basket weave template). Soak the caning in water (see photo, below) until pliable, 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Roll the sides to form a cone. 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, and then remove the string (the caning will hold its shape).
3. Tie with a decorative ribbon, line with tissue paper, and fill with nuts or other favors.
Woven Door Arrangements
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.