Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Making your own cornucopia arrangement from fruits, greens and flowers is a wonderful expression of thanksgiving to the Lord for all His abundance, blessings and provisions. You can make one with a wicker, glass, ceramic or metal cornucopia. If you don’t want to obtain floral products from a florist, you can use many things you have growing in your own yard. After selecting your cornucopia you’ll want to find a plastic, waterproof container that will fit inside to hold floral foam. I found a container that my take-out soup had come in. Soak the instant floral foam (you can purchase it a craft store) until saturated. Cut to fit the container with approx 1” above the top. Insert the container into cornucopia and tape securely with waterproof floral tape. Now have fun collecting your greens, fruits and flowers. Green your container first. I used Japanese Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira) as the main greenery, which is an evergreen shrub in zones 8-11.

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In addition, I used seeded eucalyptus for its beautiful seeds and fragrance. Next I added small sugar pears by inserting a wooden floral pick into one end and picking the other end into the foam. You could substitute a small wooden stick that you taper the end with a knife. I secured grape clusters with a wooden pick and floral wire and inserted into the foam. Then I ‘picked’ cranberries and individual grapes with a heavy gauge floral wire, making sure the design looks balanced and in proportion. You could probably use toothpicks for your fruits also. Lastly I used hypericum (St Johns’ Wort) berries. You can grow your own St Johns’ Wort. Hypericum androsaemum ‘Golden Tutsan’ is a beautiful variety with yellow green foliage, yellow flowers and red berries in fall for zones 6-9. Finish the arrangement off with a light spray of plant shine and keep the foam hydrated for freshness.

Instead of the materials I used you may want to substitute boxwood, rhododendron, magnolia leaves, pieris or other evergreen leaves for the greenery. Holly, nandina or mahonia berries could replace the hypericum. And other fruits and or nuts could be used instead of the pears and cranberries. Go shopping in your yard or woods and see what other creative ideas you can find to give God thanks for.

Published by Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon ( Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the

10 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Cornucopia

  1. Debi, thank you for this beautiful cornucopia. Some of us were fortunate enough today to have it on our altar communion table. This horn of plenty overflowed with not only beauty but fragrance.

    We are blessed each Sunday to have some of the most beautiful flowers that God has to offer and arranged as beautiful as any altar in God’s House. And, a double blessing to be able to send them to shut-ins, Birthdays, hospitals and other creative output of love through flowers as the Holy Spirit leads.

    I hope this will encourage many of us to shop our yards for God’s natural beauty and adorn our Thanksgiving tables with His beauty. Thanks Debi!

  2. Your floral arrangements and specialities for the various seasons of the church are always lovely and unique. When one uses one’s gifts to praise and honor God, the Creative Holy Spirit inspires such incredible profusion of nature (and Who knows better than He Who created it all ?) for our delight and His glory.
    Thanks for sharing your giftings with us, Debi.

  3. It is certainly a joy to arrange God’s bounty for others to enjoy and I hope many readers will experience this. It’s amazing how God’s plants can provide so much diversity and beauty for us to use and enjoy….from flowers to seeds to leaves to stems and even roots. He helps us shop beautifully and it doesn’t put a strain on our pocketbooks.

  4. I can’t wait to make my own Thanksgiving floral display on Tuesday night. I hope all know that your classes are great through Loudoun County and I have enjoyed the instruction and all the wonderful people who come and display their own individuality. What a joy! All so gifted and all so different.

  5. Debi,
    What a BEAUTIFUL cornucopia. I think it is amazing how you can just use what is in your own yard, to create this. Thanks for using your gift and sharing it with us.

  6. Memories
    I find that I look to the past,
    Each day a little more.
    And to the future less and less,
    To things that lie in store.

    Now looking up ahead I see
    There’s simply not much time for me.

    And I confess, sometimes I feel,
    Self centered sympathy.
    And often I have questioned God,
    Why is this so with me?

    Why is it that He willed it so?
    That we so soon, do older grow.

    Why has our God permitted time,
    To steal from you and me,
    And make us painfully aware,
    Of our mortality?

    As all those days of youth slipped by,
    And left us all to wonder why.

    But then the veil lifts from my eyes,
    Allowing me to see,
    That He who took my youth away,
    Has left me memories.

    For all these memories I’ve made,
    For youth again – I would not trade.

    For I but need to close my eyes,
    Against all sights and din.
    And use this precious gift of God,
    And live it all again.

    I thank my God for all of these,
    These precious, priceless memories.
    William R. Waterman, Sr
    (c)May 1999

  7. Bill, your heart in word touches the heart without word in many. It seems wisdom way has a stamp on your heart.

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  8. Rena, I got to share at your Thanksgiving table of love and bountiful supply.

    I saw your beautiful arrangements that you made in Deb’s class. She is an excellent teacher and you are a great student with creative flair on the part of both.
    Bill speaks through his poetry:
    “For I but need to close my eyes,
    Against all sights and din.
    And use this precious gift of God,
    And live it all again.”

    All those flowers and greenery that was displayed surely showed God’s work on earth on our behalf. Isaiah 42:5 “Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it:”

  9. Bill, your insights intof the soul touches many hearts. Keep your poetry coming as we go through the seasons of life.
    Thank you so much!

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