Our modern world is becoming increasingly fast-paced and digital; especially since the pandemic, many of us have been searching for a slower lifestyle that allows us to reconnect to a more peaceful way of living. That’s what Cottagecore is all about – nostalgia and a celebration of everything rural, quaint and cosy.

The Cottagecore trend has swept its way through TikTok, Instagram and Tumblr, inspiring millions around the world to adopt hobbies, lifestyle and fashion that are reflective of an idyllic country life.

At Cottagecore Girl, we adore everything from gardening and baking to knitting and sewing – there is a hobby for everyone to enjoy. The hobbies typically associated with this aesthetic are known for their relaxing and fulfilling nature, offering you the opportunity to create something that is not only beautiful, but functional with your own hands.

In today’s post, we want to share our favourite Cottagecore hobbies that will bring rural charm to your daily life and transport you to a simpler time.

1: Gardening

Cultivating a beautiful garden of herbs, flowers and vegetables.

If you are in search of a serene and rewarding activity, you will need to try gardening (if you haven’t already). Cottagecore community members have made it a core belief that cultivating a thriving garden of herbs, flowers, and vegetables are integral to a simple, quaint life – no matter where you live.

Nowadays, gardening is not simply a hobby, but a way to connect with nature, promote health and wellbeing, and foster a sense of accomplishment. Whether you have a full backyard, or a few pots on a window sill, the act of gardening helps individuals escape from the stressors of daily life.

2: Baking

Creating delicious sweets and breads from scratch.

Baking is possibly the most relaxing and therapeutic activities we can participate in; heavily associated with the Cottagecore lifestyle due to it being both an art and a science. Spend your weekends baking delicious treats like meat pies, sponge cakes, pavlovas, croissants and sourdough. The care and attention utilised in baking requires patience, and allow for experimentation and creative expression.

If you’re looking to starting baking, there are countless resources on the internet for you; books, classes, tutorials, communities, and more that share tips and recipes.

3: Knitting

Using yarn to create handmade items for beauty and function.

Knitting is a beloved hobby within many communities (including Grandmacore, Fairycore, and more), and has been utilised as a practical skill for centuries. The hobby has a rich history and tradition that have long since been a source of practicality and beauty.

If you’re in need of a hobby that will help you unwind after a stressful day, or for an activity to brighten up a rainy afternoon, Knitting is the perfect meditative and mindful activity for you. Today’s activities are often fast-paced and technology-filled, and knitting offers satisfaction as well as pleasure at creating something with out own hands.

4: Embroidery

The creation of intricate ideas with needle and thread.

Embroidery involves adding designs to fabric with a needle and thread, and has become increasingly more popular in recent years – and the Cottagecore community is a major instigator! This hobby satisfies our need for creative freedom, and encourages a sense of accomplishment as you watch you final design come to life.

No matter your skill level, this hobby can be done almost anywhere; your couch, your garden, on the train, at your favourite coffee shop.

5: Foraging

Explore outdoors to find trinkets, flowers, and berries.

Many of you may not have ever tried this hobby before, but we assure you that it is an enjoyable and sustainable activity for any Cottagecore Girl. Explore the outdoors to find wild edible plants to utilise in your cooking, to gather wild flowers to decorate your home, or to find small trinkets to kee as reminders of your travels.

Not only does this hobby provide the perfect excuse to connect with nature, and spend time outdoors, it promotes sustainability and the idea of relying on the abundance of resources available with just a little extra knowledge and skill.

The Cottagecore aesthetic encourages the appreciation of living for simple pleasures and connecting with the world around you. The idea of a charming, rural life can be achieved through the practicing of the hobbies we have listed above; slow down, connect with nature, and enjoy the beauty of your environment.

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