How to Build a Giant Cornucopia

Thanksgiving always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to outdoor holiday décor. Yes, there are giant inflatable turkeys, but I wanted something with a bit more CLASS. So this year, I decided to build my own outdoor Halloween decorations. Here is how to build a giant outdoor cornucopia for your yard! This blog post lays out everything you will need. But, it may be easier to watch the video linked above first so you can see all of these steps illustrated for you. Be sure to like and subscribe if you enjoy the video and if you build a giant cornucopia for yourself, be sure to let me know in the comments!

Materials Needed

  • 1 roll of 2ft by 50 ft chicken wire
  • 1 pair of wire snips
  • Reserve the wire that was wrapped around the chicken wire, you will be using this
  • Small zip ties
  • 4 yards of brown burlap (usually 46 inches wide)
  • 2 Hawaiian door curtains
  • Glue gun
  • Lots of extra glue sticks
  • Fake Floral stems
  • Plastic pumpkins and gourds
  • Plastic fruits, veggies, bread, and cheeses (Craft stores have a ton of fake plastic food)
  • A basket
  • Plastic leafy garland and greenery
  • 2 bags of Raffia
  • Grapevine
  • Pavers or something heavy to weigh down the chicken wire while shaping
  • Pair of scissors
  • Pair of work gloves

Time Commitment and Skills Needed

This project will take anywhere from 10-15 hours of work. You will need to be able to use wire cutters and a glue gun. There is also a lot of standing and squatting involved.

Step by Step Instructions

The timestamp at the beginning of each step is referring to the video linked above. Feel free to jump back and forth from the video and the written instructions if there is a part that isn’t clear.

  • 2:11 Making the Square:
    • First, cut four 8 foot long pieces of chicken wire. Lay them next to each other. Weight the pieces down by using concreate pavers or something heavy. Next, take the reserved wire that was wrapped around the original roll of chicken wire. Cut a piece about 6 inches long. Use these pieces of wire to secure the four lengths of chicken wire together. Refer to the video if you get stuck here. Once all four pieces are wired together, you will be left with an 8×8 foot square. It is very important that it is a square so be pretty precise with your measurements.
  • 3:13 Cornucopia Rolling Tutorial:
    • Cut out an 8×8 inch square out of printer paper and practice rolling the cornucopia.
  • 3:47 Rolling the Cornucopia:
    • Start in one corner and roll diagonally until you achieve desired shape. Zip tie into place.
  • 4:01 Securing the Basic Shape
    • Continue zip tying the chicken wire into the shape of a basket.
  • 6:09 Bending the End of the Basket
  • 8:31 Covering with Burlap
  • 11:24 Covering in Raffia/Hawaiian door curtains
  • 13:09 Attaching Garland around the Mouth of Cornucopia
  • 13:53 Finishing Touches
  • 14:20 Moving Cornucopia Outside!
  • 14:56 Final Reveal of Outdoor Thanksgiving Cornucopia

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