Cornucopias are a traditional symbol of harvest and abundance, and our homemade horn of plenty is no different.
To make one, roll a 9-inch paper plate into a cone, securing it with masking tape. Bend the end of the cone slightly to curve it, then wrap the cone with more tape to create a smooth surface, leaving the hole at the tip untaped.
Next, use craft glue to fix a length of manila rope (available at hardware stores) around the mouth of the cone. Hold the rope in place with clothespins or binder clips and let the glue dry completely.
To cover the rest of the cone, fill the hole at the tip of the cone with craft glue, and stick one end of a 30-foot length of jute twine into the glue-filled hole. Add a line of glue along the length of the cone, then begin wrapping the twine around the cone as shown at right. Tuck the end of the twine under itself when you reach the manila rope and glue on shorter pieces of twine where needed to fill in any uncovered space. Let the glue dry completely before slipping a coffee filter inside the cone and filling it with nuts, popcorn, and fruit.