In a world that often feels chaotic and fast-paced, the allure of cottagecore has captivated many seeking a simpler, more serene lifestyle.
Cottagecore is more than just a trend; it’s a celebration of the rustic, the handmade, and the nostalgic.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the cottagecore aesthetic is through simple DIY projects that bring the charm of the countryside into your home.
In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of easy and delightful cottagecore DIY projects that will transport you to a world of tranquility and natural beauty.
1. Pressed Flower Art
Cottagecore embraces the beauty of nature, and what better way to capture it than with pressed flower art?
Take a leisurely stroll through your local meadow or garden, gathering a variety of wildflowers.
Once you have a diverse collection, arrange them on a clean sheet of paper and press them between the pages of a heavy book.
After a week or two, when the flowers are thoroughly dried, create enchanting collages or frame them for a whimsical touch to your living space.
2. Handcrafted Herbal Sachets
Embrace the fragrant side of cottagecore with handcrafted herbal sachets.
Collect aromatic herbs like lavender, chamomile, and rosemary from your garden or a local farmer’s market.
Sew small, breathable fabric pouches and fill them with the dried herbs.
These sachets can be tucked into drawers, hung in closets, or even placed under your pillow for a restful night’s sleep.
Not only will your space smell delightful, but you’ll also enjoy the calming properties of the herbs.
3. Rustic Macramé Plant Hangers
Bring the outdoors inside by creating rustic macramé plant hangers.
With a few simple knots and some natural jute or cotton cord, you can fashion beautiful hangers to display your favorite potted plants.
Hang them near windows to catch the sunlight, and watch as your space transforms into a cozy haven reminiscent of a countryside cottage.
4. Hand-Painted Terra Cotta Pots
Give your potted plants a cottagecore makeover by hand-painting terra cotta pots.
Choose soft, earthy colors like sage green, pale blue, or blush pink, and adorn them with simple floral or geometric designs.
Not only does this DIY project add a personal touch to your indoor or outdoor garden, but it also brings a touch of cottage charm to your living space.
5. Vintage-Inspired Fabric Bunting
Add a touch of whimsy to your home with vintage-inspired fabric bunting.
Raid your local thrift store or your grandmother’s attic for old, floral-patterned fabrics.
Cut the fabric into triangular flags and attach them to a piece of twine or ribbon.
Hang the bunting in doorways or across windows to infuse your home with the cozy, cottagecore vibe.
6. Homemade Beeswax Candles
Illuminate your space with the warm glow of homemade beeswax candles.
Beeswax has a natural, honey-like scent and burns cleanly, making it an ideal choice for eco-friendly candles.
Melt beeswax pellets and pour them into vintage teacups or small mason jars.
Add a cotton wick, and let the candles cool and solidify.
These charming candles not only provide a cozy atmosphere but also add a touch of vintage elegance to your cottagecore-inspired home.
7. Hand-Embroidered Linens
Elevate everyday items with the art of hand embroidery.
Pick up plain cotton napkins, pillowcases, or tablecloths and transform them into exquisite pieces with delicate embroidery.
Choose simple floral patterns or woodland creatures to enhance the cottagecore aesthetic.
The slow, meditative process of embroidery is not only therapeutic but also results in personalized, timeless pieces that add character to your home.
8. Wooden Spoon Art
Celebrate the rustic charm of cottagecore by turning simple wooden spoons into decorative pieces of art.
Use acrylic paints to add floral motifs, woodland scenes, or whimsical patterns to the handles and backs of the spoons.
Once dry, these hand-painted spoons can be displayed in your kitchen or used as unique, functional pieces during mealtime.
9. DIY Flower Crowns
Embrace your inner flower child with DIY flower crowns.
Select an assortment of fresh or dried flowers and greenery, and arrange them into a crown shape using floral wire or a flexible branch.
Whether you wear your flower crown during a leisurely stroll through the woods or simply while lounging at home, this DIY project embodies the carefree, natural spirit of cottagecore.
I have a whole blog post about How to Make a Flower Crown without Wire so make sure to check that out!
10. Upcycled Tea Tin Herb Garden
Transform discarded tea tins into a charming herb garden.
Collect used tea tins or vintage containers, fill them with soil, and plant your favorite herbs or small flowers.
Arrange the tins on a windowsill or repurpose an old wooden crate to create a vertical garden.
Not only does this project utilize recycled materials, but it also adds a touch of cottagecore greenery to your living space.