The Thanksgiving season's most recognizable motif deserves a spot on your tablescape or sideboard.
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harvest cornucopia on wooden table
Johnny Miller

The horn of plenty has represented bounty since Ancient Greece, when, as legend has it, the baby Zeus accidentally broke the horn off his goat babysitter, and it became a cornucopia spouting a never-ending feast. Your guests have other dinner plans, but they'll still appreciate the classic as a centerpiece or sideboard décor—especially after this plush touch. Line the inside with velvet, then secure the fabric with a few stitches and fill the opening with gold-painted nuts and pomegranates (velvet—learn how to make them here—and dried) spilling from the rim.

Created by Tanya Graff and Silke Stoddard


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Measure opening circumference and length of cornucopia to its tip. Add a 1/2-inch seam to length and a 2-inch seam to circumference; cut out resulting pattern from velvet.

Step 2

Stitch length closed, right-sides facing, and place fabric inside cornucopia. Fold edge over and handstitch it to opening with a long needle. Handstitch tip to secure.

Step 3

To fill cornucopia, spray-paint assorted nuts gold, and use a paintbrush to cover beige sections of hazelnuts and chestnuts in gold leaf. Sprinkle in dried pomegranates as a final detail.


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