Make it! - Victorian Cornucopia

Make your own Victorian Cornucopia - a candy holder ornament!

The cornucopia is one of many types of handmade tree ornaments popular in Victorian times, 1837 to 1901. Early in the Victorian era, Christmas trees were decorated with candles, various homemade ornaments, small gifts, and garlands.

Ornaments were generally hand made by the family, especially children, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with the tree being decorated on Christmas Eve. This was the time of year to make use of “left overs” - a button, piece of lace, ribbons, scrap of fabric-were used to craft or embellish an ornament.

Use these materials to make your own Victorian Cornucopia:

  • paper half circles
  • tape
  • ribbon
  • colored pencils or markers
  • stickers
  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • candy


  • Add color and decorations to the side of your paper that will be on the outside of the ornament.
  • Curve the paper so it’s in the shape of a cone with the colorful side out; use tape to secure it.
  • Attach ribbon or yarn to make a handle.
  • Add tissue paper and candy.