have been around since the 5th Century BCE
. They are often called a "horn of plenty" and represent giving and sharing. The modern cone-shaped basket is filled to overflowing with fruits and vegetables, leaves and straw, and can sit on the table as a centerpiece.
has a great article on making a Thanksgiving cornucopia
. To make your own cornucopia basket, you can buy a cone shaped basket at a craft store and steam the end to make it bend into the shape of a goat's horn. Gather some colorful Autumn
leaves from your yard and place them on a tray. Stuff the basket with straw or other craft filler, place the basket on the tray, and fill the basket
with fruits and vegetables such as miniature pumpkins
and gourds, small apples and oranges, and Indian corn, allowing these fruits and vegetables
to spill out in abundance. In all the cracks and crevices, sprinkle some nuts and hearty berries. Finish your Thanksgiving
cornucopia by placing more leaves
around your finished item.
I will make a cornucopia this year, following eHow's directions
. I have never made one before, so I think it's time to try something new. My table needs a little dressing up, and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday
of the year, I love to decorate for it, and give thanks for all the blessings in my life.