How to Make a Cornucopia

By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith, MSU Extension Service

Cornucopias serve as a reminder to be thankful. They are an easy do-it-yourself project that can be refreshed for each season.

The cornucopia, or horn of plenty, is most often associated with Thanksgiving. It is generally depicted with the fruits of harvest overflowing its horn-shaped form and serves as a reminder to be thankful and grateful. We typically focus on those sentiments this time of year, but why not display this symbol all year?


If you like do-it-yourself projects, making your own cornucopia is an easy project. The horn form can be made from several different materials and the interior arrangement can be made with easy-to-find seasonal items, from greenery to fruit.


If this sounds like a project you’d like to try, Extension Publication 3792, “Cornucopia for Floral Designs” provides instructions and photos to help you make your own cornucopia from a variety of different materials.


Various educational information and classes are offered through the Extension Floral Design program. Learn more about educational materials and classes for floral enthusiasts, professional florists, and flower farmers, growers, and producers on Extension’s website.

To register for upcoming floral design courses, visit the Extension Registration Portal.

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