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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Harvest Bounty

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 13, 2014 1:57:00 PM

Harvest TableThe cornucopia, a horn-shaped basket, is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. It is often associated with Thanksgiving because it’s overflowing with food. It makes a lovely centerpiece for a Thanksgiving dinner table when filled with gourds, apples and nuts.

I decided to use it in a different way this fall. I filled it up and hung it on the front door to greet and welcome dinner guests.

Remember my advice about buying something when you see it at Goodwill? Even if it’s out of season, buy it now, because it won’t be there tomorrow! I found the cornucopia basket months ago for $2.99. The silk flowers came off a wreath ($2.99) and the faux fruit was in a bowl ($2.99). 

Harvest TableI stuffed the bottom with grocery bags then covered them with a piece of copper-colored mesh I picked up (along with the ribbon) at a craft store.

Play around with the fruit and flowers on the mesh until you get an arrangement you like. Glue in place with a hot glue gun. The cornucopia will be easier to work with if you hang it up or stand it up in a narrow bowl.

harvest tableI filled in the “empty” spots with fake leaves that came from another wreath then made a bow from wired-edge ribbon and glued it to one side. I prefer the left side.

Print “Give Thanks” or some other saying in a font and color that goes with the arrangement or your personal style. Using a Christmas wreath holder (only $.49 at Goodwill!), hang it on your front door to welcome hungry family and friends.

Harvest Table

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