The interest in crafts has taken an upward turn after so much time staying indoors. Especially cottagecore crafts. With all that spare time on our hands, we’re putting it to good use. And have gotten back to create mode. And with interior lifestyle trends like cottagecore on the rise, crafting has been a popular way to curb the boredom.
Not only from bored but in genuinely making a positive impact on how we feel about ourselves. A welcome alternative to the virtual and social media route. Here are some crafts that will spark the creativity in you that might inspire you to rekindle an old lost hobby. Maybe you can start a business on the side. Or just to create something unique for the home or something personal for you or a friend.
1. DRAWING & PAINTING
Drawing is one of the simplest crafts you can get started with. All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper. A lot of people think that you’re either born with artistic talent or you’re not. Others say anyone can be taught with practice. Like anything else if it’s something you want to get good at, it comes with practise.
If you really feel like you need some kind of tutoring there are courses available. As well as the book by Betty Edwards, Drawing On the Right Side of The Brain which has received high praise.
Of course you can paint anything you’d like. Trying your hand at watercolour landscapes is definitely keeping in the cottagecore theme.
Starting a scrapbook is a fun and easy way of getting in to crafts. It’s basically a book full of collages of anything you want to put in there. You can mix it up with doodles, photos and anything else you find of interest to put together your own pages.
You can make your scrapbook into a review of your year or a fun photo album. Or just to have fun and see what you come up with.
Ceramics is making a big comeback. Pottery is an amazing craft to try that you get all the family involved with. The pottery wheel is a whole another level to try but there are classes you can try.
If you are looking to get full on into pottery the equipment can be expensive. To get started in pottery you can just buy some clay and mould away in your kitchen to see how you like it. Most craft clays you can just bake in your regular oven.
I’m sure we’re all used to doing some kind of photography as we have access to our phones on a daily basis. So if you’re thinking that photography is an expensive one try, it can be but start off small. Your phone is all you need to get started on learning about some of the basics like composition and lighting.
Once you have a handle on that you can graduate to developing your own negatives and film roll.
5. FLOWER ARRANGING
Flower arranging is a relatively simple craft to get started with. As you can use flowers from your garden or friends and experiment with arranging fresh flowers and making wreaths. Or you can use flowers for pressing and make it into an art piece for your wall or to sell.
If you’ve watched any of the Great British Sewing Bees you know! A competition where they choose their fabrics and use patterns to make their own clothing garments.
If you’ve ever heard your parents or grandparents talk about the days when they had to make their own clothes, they’ll probably have a sewing machine in the house somewhere. Which is great if you’re not wanting to jump straight in and buy your own.
If you’re very lucky they might even have old patterns around you can use. You can always search the thrift stores for patterns or search online as well. Sewing is perfect if you’re wanting to create something that is totally unique that you’ll be sure no one else will have in their closet.
I’ve seen some amazing handmade quilts around. And it’s not just a traditional style of quilts, there’s some modern takes on quilting too. Creating your your own quilt would be a perfect addition for your bedroom or sofa throw.
8. Paper crafts
Using paper is a simple material for making things. The Japanese paper technique of paper folding, origami takes paper crafting to a different level.
You can make some incredible things out of paper. Use the art of origami for creating gifts and packages of interest as well as some beautiful paper models for fun.
It doesn’t have to be specifically origami. There are courses teaching you about creating paper flowers and incredible art scenes made from paper.
Recycling and up-cycling are definitely things to keep your eye on from now on. It’s the way of the future for its sustainable and eco- friendly benefits for clothing and furniture. Turn an old piece of furniture into something new and fresh for your home. Or up-cycle and turn it over to make some cash for yourself.
Up- cycling furniture is one of those perfect cottagecore crafts that you can really personalize and put your own stamp on, within the home.
Knitting is far from a grandma kind of thing. It’s actually one of the crafts that is trending at the moment across the generations. You can get your own starter knit kit from the likes of Stitch and Story and Fair Isle Knitwear. Complete with needles and wool to make your own beanie hat or jumper.
Take your writing skills up a notch by writing some beautiful letterings and messages. There are lots of classes you can take in person or online. Some that will provide example sheets for you to practice on.
One of the traditional cottagecore crafts. If you like the idea of practising some stitches embroidery is great especially if you haven’t got a sewing machine. Whether it’s to create some beautiful piece of embroidery or to add an interesting touch to your clothes. All you need is a thread, a needle and a piece of cloth.
After you’ve got down some practice stitches you can search for some embroidery patterns.
What cottagecore crafts are you thinking or taking up and trying? let me know in the comments below.
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