Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I can always count on the same friends, family, and food being present. This is often the only time of the year when I get to see certain loved ones and consume the yummiest foods. Why oh why must we save all the apple and pumpkin goodies for such a short time? However, I do believe the traditional decor for Thanksgiving leaves a little (a lot?) to be desired. We decided to mix things up and create an origami cornucopia, which is something I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. With a rainbow of fruits and vegetables to fill it, of course. After the paper crane costume we created for Halloween a few weeks ago, we went a little crazy over origami, and this is the fruits (literally HA!) of our labor! I LOVE how it turned out. The origami can be a bit time consuming, but it’s the perfect activity to do while watching those wonderfully cheesy Hallmark Holiday films. This rainbow origami cornucopia will put all those boring wicker ones to shame!

Origami cornucopia thanksgiving

Origami cornucopia thanksgiving

We chose to make a variety of fruits and vegetables for our cornucopia, including: apples, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, eggplants, and carrots. Are those not the cutest eggplants you’ve ever seen?! We found the tutorials for all of the fruits on the web. We also made a bunch of folded fall leaves to join the arrangement. They look great scattered along the table and bring the whole look together. You can find the template here.


Origami Fruits in rainbow

How to make a DIY origami cornucopia:

We used a book of rainbow origami paper and no two pages were the same so it ended up being a rainbow of colors, which I loved! You can find a similar book here (we found ours at the craft store).

origami fall paper leaves


An origami Fruit and Vegetable color wheel! Someone hire us to make the next food pyramid, quick. I’m certain people would eat all five servings of their fruits and veggies if the food pyramid was this beautiful.


Happy folding!

Photography by Anna Killian  |  Crafting by Mary Nielson