I though I would show this quick example of a simple cornucopia that I am making for my daughters dollhouse, I have done a video on this years ago but since its close to Thanksgiving here in the states I though it might be useful for the blog as well ;)
You want to make yourself a tin foil shaped cone for the base of your basket. You also want to extend the cone rim out a tad so you can hold it when your wrapping string around it.
You then cut a small cone of paper, paper bag is what I used here
Place the paper over your tin foil cone.
Now you will smear a layer of tacky, wood, all purpose glue all over the paper cone, it will be messy but that is how the string will adhere.
For these first few wraps I have no glue but to show you different strings you can use. To start the wrapping you want to hold the string towards the end of the cone tip and loop from the small part up
Start from the point to the cone "mouth" You can simply tightly wrap the single string like I did.
Or use a braided string
finer twine looped for different look.
Mine is messy with glue about because I am going to paint it.. but try to use clear glue or not mess up the surface of you want the sting color.
Let that piece dry a bit. As it is still a little damp you want to shape, flatten the base so it stands on its own.
Once it has dried you can simply slip the paper and sting cone off and add a decorative braided string edge to the face.
If you don't have leaf paper I would suggest looking through your local newspaper colored prints to find fall leaf colors like I did here: Soup, orange brown,yellow..all leaf colors
If you dont have a fancy leaf punch, just fold the snippit of paper so that you have a fan shape, then you can cut half a leaf out of that folded paper and you will have a stack of leaves..
I dent the leaves on a bit of foam board with a wooden tool to make them crimp a bit.
Then you can get fancy with your details, adding a bit of straw, your leaves, fruits and veggies.
Don't forget you can make other baskets, vases, bowls the same way and they can turn out pretty nice if you take time and switch up your braiding, or looping.