plenty: OVERFLOWING WITH CREATIVITY
Cornucopias, both real and
implied, are perfect for customers ready to give thanks and celebrate
the autumn bounty.
Originating in Greek mythology, the cornucopia is literally
translated as the horn of plenty. It has come to be associated with the
celebration of Thanksgiving and the abundant fruits of the harvest.
Designer J. Keith White, AIFD, has employed some simple design
accessories that most florists have on hand to create five fabulous
cornucopia designs that can be whipped up ahead of time or on demand for
Thanksgiving shoppers and fall events.
J. Keith White, AIFD, is partner and design director for AANDK
Productions in Houston, Texas, a special-events company for retail,
corporate and trade clients. He is involved in the Texas State Florists’
Association and the Allied Florists of Houston, which awarded him Member
of the Year in 1996. Mr. White is a member of the FTD Education Team and
the California Cut Flower Commission Education/Outreach Team.
Other members of the FTD Education Team are Jeffrey Corbin, AIFD, AAF,
PFCI; Deborah De La Flor, AIFD; Toomie Farris, AIFD, AAF; John Klingel,
AIFD, AAF, PFCI; Ian Prosser, AIFD, AAF, NDSF; and Tina M. Stoecker,
This design feature and Mr. White’s work on it were sponsored by FTD
Your arrangement doesn’t have to be horizontal to suggest a cornucopia.
Those who excel at vase arrangements can use this method to quickly and
easily add a fall accent. Gold aluminum wire is wrapped around a clear
glass vase and formed into a tail, and encircled angel vine at the mouth
of the vase further accentuates the cornucopia. The botanicals are a mix
of the traditional and the exotic, and their staggered placement,
including Hypericum stems extending around the perimeter, enhances the
lush feeling of this bouquet.
MATERIALS: ‘Ignace’ garden spray roses from Flower
Transfer; angel vine and preserved oak leaves from Knud Nielsen Company;
vase from favorite supplier; ‘Milva’ roses, Anthuriums, pincushions (Leucospermums),
Hypericum and steel grass sponsored by FTD Flower Exchange.
HOW TO: Bend one end of a length of aluminum
wire over the lip of a glass vase to anchor it, and
coil the wire around the vase, extending past the
bottom to create a tail for the cornucopia. After
reaching the tip, coil back up around the vase,
weaving the end of the aluminum wire into the
shape or securing it over the lip of the vase as
well. Weave several pieces of steel grass in a
crisscross fashion from the cornucopia’s
mouth to its tip.
A trio of strong blooms make a big impact in this diminutive and
intricately woven wire vessel. While materials are few, the
arrangement has high value because of its artistic presentation. A
small foam holder at the mouth of the cornucopia provides the
flowers’ water source, and delicate bullion wire encircles the
entire creation, as do woven lengths of steel grass, providing a
continuity that draws the eye from the front-and-center florals to
the tip of the cone. A floral foam form is wired just inside the
cone to hold the floral materials.
MATERIALS: Oasis® Mini-Deco™ Holder, Gold Aluminum Wire and
Bullion Wire from Smithers-Oasis; preserved oak leaves from Knud
Nielsen Company; ‘Milva’ roses, Cymbidium orchid, Hypericum and
steel grass sponsored by FTD Flower Exchange.
HOW TO: Create evenly spaced loops on a length of aluminum
wire, wrapping the wire around a marking pen. Form a cornucopia by
coiling the wire back around itself, leaving a wide mouth and
narrowing to a tail.
A simple, elongated coil of angel vine creates a woodsy cornucopia from
which a wealth of rich ingredients appear to tumble. Both the flowers,
which are inserted into soaked floral foam in a small design tray, and
the preserved oak leaves are united by their rich sheens and hues of red
and orange. A few accents of cool green, including the artichoke at the
cornucopia’s base, add to the natural look.
MATERIALS: FloraShapes® 6-inch Florist’s Bowl from Floralife;
angel vine, preserved pomegranates, preserved oak leaves and barked wire
from Knud Nielsen Company; ‘Eric Taberly’ garden spray roses from Flower
Transfer; ‘Milva’ and ‘Charlotte’ roses, Anthuriums, Asiatic lilies,
miniature callas, Proteas, artichokes and Hypericum sponsored by FTD
HOW TO: Loosen a coil of angel vine and form it
into a cornucopia shape. Insert two larger twigs
into the bottom of the coil to create a base. Wire
a foam-filled design dish to the base and the
cornucopia frame with barked wire.
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