Add a little unexpected Holiday décor to the dinning room by creating these easy-to-make, no-sew, hanging cornucopias for the backs of dinning room chairs. Fill them with special treats so Holiday dinner guests can take them home as gifts.
Materials Needed To Make Hanging Cornucopias
*6×6 inch squares of printed burlap (one square for each dinning room chair, other Holiday print fabric will work too, as long as the fabric is stiff)
*Ribbon in coordinating color, 6 inches for each hanging cornucopia
*Gold spray paint
*Small pinecones and leaves
*Gold foil-wrapped candy (small chocolate balls work best)
How to Make the Hanging Cornucopia
Lay the printed burlap squares (or other fabric) flat. Roll one corner of the fabric towards the center at a slight angle to form a cone shape. The top of the fabric cone should have a three to four inch opening. Secure the loose sides of the fabric by weaving straight pins through the fabric.
Thread the ribbon through the eye of the embroidery needle. Embroidery needles have larger eyes than standard sewing needles and will be able to accommodate ribbon up to three inches in width, just fold the ribbon lengthwise until it will fit through the needle’s eye. On the back side (pinned side) of the hanging cornucopia, make one long three inch stitch with the ribbon. Insert the needle, ¼ inch from the cornucopia’s top, in one side of the fabric and pull through to the other side. Pull ribbon through, leaving three inches of ribbon on each side of the cornucopia. The ribbon will be used to tie the Holiday cornucopia to the back of the dinning room chairs.
Spray Paint the Cornucopia’s Filling
Spread out newspaper or a drop cloth in a well ventilated area. Place small pinecones and leaves in a single layer on top of the newspaper, then spray paint lightly with gold paint. A second coating of gold spray paint may be needed, allow to dry between paint coats.
Hang and Fill the Cornucopias
Hang the cornucopias to the backs of the dinning room chair by tying the ribbon ends to the tops of the chair backs. Tie one ribbon end on the top right back and the other ribbon end on the top left back so the hanging cornucopia will be centered on the chair back.
When the pinecones and leaves are completely dry, begin to fill the hanging cornucopias by starting with gold foil-wrapped candy. Small chocolate candy balls wrapped in gold foil work perfectly for this. Fill the hanging cornucopias half-way full with the candy, then add the gold painted pinecones and leaves, then top off with a few more pieces of candy.