Week 1: Make your own Fortuna Stephane and Cornucopia

Statuette of Fortuna

Statuette of Fortuna found at Segedunum
Statuette of Fortuna found at Segedunum

This is a statuette of Fortuna who was the Roman goddess of fortune and personification of luck in Roman religion.

She can be recognised as Fortuna as she carries a cornucopia, which is an animal horn full of flowers and fruit that represent her ability to bring good luck and prosperity.

She is also often shown wearing a stephane, a crescent-shaped tiara.

This statuette was found in the house of the Commanding Officer and would have been on display in his household shrine. It is made from copper alloy. 

The Challenge

Why not have a go at making your own Fortuna Stephane and Cornucopia?

You could use:

For the cornucopia

  • 1x Cornucopia template printed out (or roll some card into a cone shape)
  • Pens/pencils/crayons
  • Glue/tape & scissors
  • Real flowers
  • Tissue paper
  • Modelling clay or playdoh
  • Drinking straw/pencil
  • Any sparkly craft materials you have

For the stephane

  • 1x stephane template printed out (or copy the shape onto some card)
  • A strip of card long enough to fit around your head
  • Stapler/tape
  • Craft materials to decorate
Outline of a cornucopia

Outline of a stephane

Template for a cornucopia                                                                 Template for a stephane

Download templates

How to make Fortuna's cornucopia - step-by-step

Step 1

Cornucopia cut out
Colour in cornucopia

Cut out and colour the Cornucopia template.

Step 2

Glue the tabs
Fold over

Glue the tabs on the template, then fold it in half and stick down to create a cone shape.

Step 3

Cornucopia filled with flowers and leaves

Fill your cornucopia. You could use real leaves and flowers.

Clay decorations

Or you could make your own decorations from craft materials. You could attach modelling clay fruit to a straw or pencil to slot into the Cornucopia. 

Cornucopia with paper flowers and pompoms

You could make flowers with paper or pompoms. 

Let your imagination run wild!

How to make Fortuna's stephane - step-by-step

Step 1 

Stephane template

Print out the template or draw the shape onto some card.

Step 2

Paper crown

Ask someone to measure a strip of card to fit your head then staple or tape the ends.

Step 3

Decorated stephane

Decorate your stephane using pens or any craft materials you have.

Share your creations

Remember to share your creations with us. Tag us on Twitter at @SegedunumFort, use the #Seggyathome hashtag, or post them on our Facebook page.