I wanted to make a cornucopia with the kids. You can do this with a brown paper shopping bag and a clay pot. Only, since going to cloth bags, I no longer had any paper on hand!
I substituted the last of a wrapping paper roll instead.
This naturally makes a cone shape at the end, which you can bend and twist for a more basket-like texture. You may find it easier to wrinkle a brown paper bag if you scrunch it before wrapping.
Gather all your materials. How I wish I hadn't thrown away those miniature gourds! I had to raid the refrigerator for a few apples, an orange, and a handful of old limes.
The kids gathered clusters of fall leaves in red, yellow, and brown. I may add a few roses from Aldi, so I jammed two blocks of wet floral foam in the pot. Dollar General sells 3 bricks for $1.
If you're using only leaves and produce, substitute styrofoam or twist a "nest" of twigs and branches for framework.
The fun part! Insert branches, making a lion's mane of leaves around the opening. Add some long trailing pieces on the bottom.
You don't need floral picks or wire to add fruit or vegetables to an arrangement. Have the kids bring you a few sticks, break in half for a sharp point, then push into the bottom of the fruit.
Leave the sticks longer if you want the fruit to stick out farther, for instance, at the base. See the brown stick from the apple poking into the foam?
I prefer a large scale arrangement, since we serve food from a buffet. Careful not too make your centerpiece taller than the eye level of a sitting guest.
I was going to have Andrew sponge paint the wrapping paper brown, but now I like the contrast of the gold paper against the table.
Those of you in Florida will have to cut paper leaves, unless you do a tropical cornucopia with beautiful citrus and palm fronds! You might also enjoy Home Ec 101's paper pumpkin centerpiece--it's filled with dinner mints.
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