Give the traditional Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece a new spin. For this year's celebration, fill a cornucopia with flowers, leaves...

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Give the traditional Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece a new spin.

For this year’s celebration, fill a cornucopia with flowers, leaves, twigs, pods and other materials gathered from the yard and supermarket instead of the usual fruits and vegetables. Cornucopias can be found in a variety of materials and sizes at stores carrying crafts and floral supplies. I purchased this 10-inch wicker one for $4.95 last year. It works well on a table, sideboard or mantel. It also can be hung on a wall or door.

Arrangement / preparation

Line the cornucopia with plastic to avoid leaks that might stain a tablecloth, wooden table or other surface. Insert a round plastic dish filled with floral foam that has been soaked with preservatives for several hours or overnight. If the foam doesn’t fit snuggly in the dish, secure the foam with tape.

For this arrangement, I used burnt-orange spray chrysanthemums, pale peach alstroemeria, three roses, leaves from a forsythia bush, lotus pods and a few twigs.

I lined the rim of the cornucopia with the leaves, twigs and the alstroemeria, then filled the inside with the mums, roses and other materials. I used the roses and a lotus pod as focal points.

If this seems like too much work, you could assemble a round bouquet by hand, tie it together, trim the ends and insert it into the cornucopia.

Tips

Place the finished arrangement on a wooden or ceramic tray, and decorate with a scattering of items from the garden.

For a different look, try using dried hydrangeas and feathers. Champagne grapes, oranges, apples, pomegranates or cranberries also could be added.

Cost

The cost for the arrangement was about $25, including the cornucopia.

Budget Bouquets is an occasional feature in digs.