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Monday, July 31, 2023

DIY Cottagecore Home Decor

Get Lost in the Idyllic Cottagecore Aesthetic: Easy DIY Home Decor Projects to Try Today

Step into a world of whimsy and nostalgia with the enchanting cottagecore aesthetic. Inspired by the simplicity and charm of rural living, cottagecore embraces all things cozy, rustic, and dreamy. From quaint floral patterns to vintage furniture and textures, this trend has taken the internet by storm, capturing the hearts of those seeking an escape from the fast-paced modern world. 

If you're ready to bring a touch of cottagecore magic into your own home, look no further. Today, I'll guide you through a collection of easy DIY home decor projects that will transport you to a bygone era. 

Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just starting out, these projects are designed to be simple, affordable, and immensely satisfying. So, grab your crafting tools and let's embark on a journey to create a haven of serenity and enchantment in your very own living space.

What is the cottagecore aesthetic?

The cottagecore aesthetic is a celebration of the simple and idyllic rural lifestyle. It draws inspiration from the romanticized idea of a cottage in the countryside, surrounded by nature and filled with cozy, vintage elements. I am seeing Cinderella's friends fluffing the pillows, and sweeping the cottage here, do you?  The aesthetic is characterized by an abundance of floral patterns, earthy tones, rustic textures, and a sense of nostalgia. Cottagecore enthusiasts often seek to recreate the feeling of being connected to nature and living a slower, more mindful life.

To embody the cottagecore aesthetic in your home, it's essential to focus on creating a space that feels warm, inviting, and filled with charm. This can be achieved through a combination of decor elements, such as vintage furniture pieces, floral textiles, natural materials, and whimsical accents. By incorporating these elements, you can transform your living space into a haven of tranquility and beauty.

Benefits of incorporating the cottagecore aesthetic in home decor

Incorporating the cottagecore aesthetic into your home decor offers a multitude of benefits. Firstly, it provides a sense of escapism from the fast-paced, technology-driven world we live in, something we all know I love - escaping that is!  With its focus on nature, simplicity, and nostalgia, cottagecore allows us to slow down, unwind, and reconnect with our surroundings.  By creating a space that embodies the cottagecore aesthetic, you can create a sanctuary where you can escape the stresses of daily life and find solace in the beauty of simplicity.

Here, I am sharing our vintage buffet, you have seen numerous times, a piece found at auction several years ago.  I recently picked up a stack of The Century Magazine printed in 1892 at a barn sale.  I was so excited to stumble upon them.  The advertisements inside are still impeccable, and some of the stories I have found fascinating.   

Secondly, the cottagecore aesthetic promotes sustainability and a connection to the natural world.  By incorporating natural materials, upcycling and repurposing items, and embracing a more eco-friendly approach to home decor, you can reduce your environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. This not only benefits the planet but also fosters a sense of mindfulness and gratitude for the resources we have.

Lastly, the cottagecore aesthetic brings a sense of joy and whimsy into your living space.  With its emphasis on vintage treasures, floral patterns, and cozy textures, cottagecore creates an atmosphere of enchantment and wonder.  It invites you to embrace your imagination, indulge in simple pleasures, and find beauty in the small details of everyday life.  By incorporating the cottagecore aesthetic into your home, you can infuse your living space with a sense of magic and create an environment that sparks joy and creativity.

Now, let me share a DIY project that's been giving me great satisfaction recently.  I've rescued another piece from the trash and turned it into a stunning floral arrangement for a cozy fall look.  Seriously, this stuff is my jam! 

I found this vintage floral pattern, what looked to me as fall paper in my stash.  I love the vintage look, and how it is not exactly perfect.  

When I wrapped it around my breadcrumb container, it did not reach completely around the can.  I then tried it on an angle, and found I only had a small section where it was not covered.  Fear not, I will piece it in a little later. 

The paper was then down to size so it would fit around the container, minus our small piece. 

Deciding against using Mod Podge, I pulled out a glue stick and got to work in covering the entire piece of paper with glue, then placing it over the container, trying to keep any air bubbles out. 

Here is where I pieced in the paper to allow for a fully covered "vase".  This floral pattern is my new obsession.  Not one to flock to red's or yellow, I am slowly falling for a bit of color in our dining room this year. 

 Up next, we have this Dollar Tree football screaming for a makeover.  I mean he is cute as is, but I think he can be cuter.

I carefully peeled the sticker off, it did come off in one piece as you can see.  I am thinking I may use it for another project a bit later. 

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I have to tell you, Simple Green has become my new BFF lately.  It really does remove dirt, grime, and you guessed it, stickers!  I sprayed it on, let it set for about 45 seconds since I am not exactly patient, and scraped away the sticker with a putty knife.  

Next, I used a bleach wipe to remove the residue left behind from the sticker.  My initial thought was that I planned to paint the pumpkin, but the more I looked at it, I actually decided I liked the look of the plain plywood.

I added a simple flower stem to the pumpkin and thought, how simple, but cute.

I placed it into this utility box and began adding my fall foliage, having fun, and adding bits of whimsy too.   I love the olive velvet pumpkin sitting front and center, and the glittered leaves in the background.

I reused the faux tin tiled can and placed a few pumpkin stems in it along with cattails.  I decided not to fuss too much with anything and go with a more laid back look.  We are living the cottagecore lifestyle afterall here.  No fuss, no muss, just simple, and relaxing.   

Honestly, hubby and I have been living the cottagecore life for years now.  We're all about upcycling, rocking second-hand furniture, and staying under the dome to disconnect from the world.  And you know what?  I'm finding more and more kindred spirits out there who feel the same way!

Let's all get lost in the idyllic cottagecore aesthetic... bring some vintage floral designs to our decor, creating a space that's truly magical where we can disconnect from the outside world and sit back and enjoy life with loved ones.  Who's with me?

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  1. Cara, I love how this turned out. Saving these containers from going in the trash is always so nice. Especially when you can create something so lovely. I'm ready for fall to arrive. I love what you did with the container and the pumpkin decor. Beautiful setup.

    1. Thank you Stephanie! I enjoy getting to reuse items we have that would otherwise go to the trash. Reducing our footprint has really been on my mind this last year. Maybe because I have more time to think about these things, but wow is there ever so much trash! Hope you are enjoying your summer.

  2. Cara, thank you for introducing me to this new trend. I have never heard of Cottagcore, so you taught me something new. I love the thought of slowing life down and living a simpler life style. Your floral arangement with the pumpkins are darling and I love that you left the flat pumpkin natural.

    1. Thank you Wendy. My husband and I love to live life under the dome these days, life just moves too fast anymore. I enjoyed putting this arrangement together, I did not take myself too seriously, nor did I tweak it like I normally would. I just went with the flow, and said there, I am ready to enjoy the time I have here at home with our pup and my husband.

  3. Those are all so cute! I struggle so much will fall d├ęcor ideas. I don't know why. I build things up in my head on how it will look and I feel like everything ends up as a flop! Thank you for linking up with Tell It To Me Tuesday, I hope to see you again this week!

  4. I'm loving the cottagecore trend and how you take items most people would put in the trash and make them beautiful! It all looks so pretty!

    1. Thank you Donna! I obviously have more time on my hands since I stopped working a traditional job. When I stopped and saw what all we were throwing away in the trash, I began to really think about it before I would put something in the trash. I started putting items on the counter before it would be thrown away, and I keep coming up with ideas on how they can be reimagined. I seem to have a knack for vases, and love them. If folks are not thrifting, then vases can be expensive, but then I thought why not use items we already have? I am amazed by how much our trash output has reduced since I started this little mission of mine.

  5. Slowing down and embracing a life that is perfectly imperfect is totally my jam, Cara. Love these beautiful craft ideas and how you incoporated the cottagecore trend into your style. It's fabulous and such a smart way to save things from the landfill too! Hugs, CoCo

    1. I like to think my grandparents would love what I have been working on this year, they grew up during the Great Depression, and always found ways to reuse items in their own home. I love disconnecting, and have done it more so this summer than any other time. I think we need it.