Nov 16, 2014

Horn of Plenty : A quick, simple cornucopia tutorial

Hello folks!

I though I would show this quick example of a simple cornucopia that I am making for my daughters dollhouse, I have done a video on this years ago but since its close to Thanksgiving here in the states I though it might be useful for the blog as well ;)

You want to make yourself a tin foil shaped cone for the base of your basket. You also want to extend the cone rim out a tad so you can hold it when your wrapping string around it.

You then cut a small cone of paper, paper bag is what I used here
Place the paper over your tin foil cone.

Now you will smear a layer of tacky, wood, all purpose glue all over the paper cone, it will be messy but that is how the string will adhere.

For these first few wraps I have no glue but to show you different strings you can use. To start the wrapping you want to hold the string towards the end of the cone tip and loop from the small part up

Start from the point to the cone "mouth" You can simply tightly wrap the single string like I did.

Or use a braided string

 finer twine looped for different look.

Mine is messy with glue about because I am going to paint it.. but try to use clear glue or not mess up the surface of you want the sting color.

Let that piece dry a bit. As it is still a little damp you want to shape, flatten the base so it stands on its own.

Once it has dried you can simply slip the paper and sting cone off and add a decorative braided string edge to the face.

If you don't have leaf paper I would suggest looking through your local newspaper colored prints to find fall leaf colors like I did here: Soup, orange brown,yellow..all leaf colors

If you dont have a fancy leaf punch, just fold the snippit of paper so that you have a fan shape, then you can cut half a leaf out of that folded paper and you will have a stack of leaves..

I dent the leaves on a bit of foam board with a wooden tool to make them crimp a bit.

Then you can get fancy with your details, adding a bit of straw, your leaves, fruits and veggies.

Don't forget you can make other baskets, vases, bowls the same way and they can turn out pretty nice if you take time and switch up your braiding, or looping.

Happy crafting!!!


  1. This is so clever! It's a perfect addition to a fall scene and I'm thinking maybe it could be applied to some matching baskets? The soup picture really made nice leaves too. Thank you for sharing in such detail. :)

  2. Muy bonito. Gracias por la explicación.

  3. thanks Jane... it is awesome!!!!

  4. Thank you for the tutorial, for me this looks very American, could be fun to have something like this in a dollhouse of mine, I never seen a cornucopia in Sweden, wonder why.. is it special for the states?! Anyhow it's beautiful!

    1. It is popular in northern america around our Thankgiving and harvest time. It has roots in a few diffrent cultures but not all depending on your country. ~J

  5. Looks super cute! And it seems very easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial!

  6. Such a brilliant way to create a horn! Well-thought and very simple! Thank you for this tutorial Jane!

  7. Great idea!!! I've been wanting to make one for Whitebrush but was a wee tad intimidated at the thought of trying to weave. This is the perfect alternative! Thank you for sharing such a brilliant idea!!

  8. Hi Jane! I have to say that your mini cornucopia is Fantasiticus! You made it look easy and the results are Great! I also like the way that you have finished it with the dried twigs and leaves. Cutting them from a soup add was yet another perfect solution. ( I just love the way that you think outside the bowl! )
    Our Canadian Thanksgiving was in October, but Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American mini friends - eh!? :D


  9. Great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing this! xo Jennifer

  10. Thank-you so much for your fabulous tutorial, you make it look so easy. I can't wait to give it a try. :)

  11. Wonderful thank you for tutorial kiss!!

  12. Fab tutorial. You make it look so easy...cue the glue covered fingers and bits of paper stuck to my hair =0P

  13. Wonderful tutorial, Jane, and in combination with the leaves and the straw it looks wonderful! You make it look so easy, so.......let's try :D!
    Thanks for sharing this cute tutorial!
    Hugs, Ilona

  14. es un tutorial genial , me encanta , muchas gracias



  15. Love the tutorial! Great idea for the leaves as well. The small paper punches can sometimes be hard to find.

  16. A great tutorial! Thank you for sharing it.
    Hugs, Drora

  17. Me encanta el tutorial, es fantástico!! Gracias por compartirlo.
    Un abrazo, Carmen

  18. Fantastic tutorial Jane thank you for sharing it. I love how it looks with the leaves.
    Hugs Maria

  19. Anonymous11/18/2014

    Wonderful! Thank you very much for sharing!

  20. That's a clever idea using the newspaper for coloured paper. I'm always needing coloured paper, wouldn't have thought of that, plus the paper is quite thin too, perfect for leaves! Definitely will be using the leaf idea for next year's Autumn scene. Thanks for sharing :)

  21. Hi Jane, what a great tutorial, thank you for sharing this and by the way.........I like your nails :)

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  22. Beautiful tutorial, Jane. Thanks!

  23. What a wonderful idea, and something I can do! Impressed how you keep your nails so clean! CM

  24. Great idea, thank you for the tutorial!

  25. Wonderful! Thank you for the tutorial!

  26. It's very original!! Thank you very much for this fantastic tuto!! A big hug

  27. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Am pinning this to my mini board! :)

  28. Lovely tutorial .
    You are a cornucopia of creativity my friend !

  29. Thank you for another great tutorial, I like the one with the braided edge. I find the produce section of grocery ads very useful for fall leaves.
    A Big Mini Hug, Mary

  30. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!