Imagine a meadow filled with frost-tipped winter flowers in full bloom. You see a cottage with a smoking chimney framed by mountains and a clear, blue sky. Something delicious is baking. Isn’t this a pretty picture? We think so, too. So, we’re taking the rustic Christmas tree theme to a whole new level. Read on for cottagecore decorations by Evelyn of Evebydesigns.
Recreate the Countryside with Green Christmas Trees
First, a rustic holiday calls for artificial green Christmas trees. They have the look of real evergreens minus the high maintenance and allergens. Treetopia trees come in many shapes and heights. Also, choose from different LED lighting options like Clear, Color Blast, and Color-changing to suit your decorating style.
Short on floor area? Try pencil or slim tree shapes. Want a towering display? Go for a15-foot centerpiece. For cottagecore decorations, consider one that looks as natural as possible. Take your pick from Treetopia’s Realistic Trees. These feature a combination of PE needles for a lifelike look and texture and PVC ones for fullness.
If you want a wintry display, check out our collection of flocked Christmas trees. They’re replicas of evergreens dusted with freshly fallen snow. Choose between slim and full profiles, with heights ranging from 6 to 9 feet tall.
What is Cottagecore?
More than an aesthetic, it’s a lifestyle that’s all about going back to the basics. BBC describes it as “earthy,” and “nostalgic,” coupled with “simplicity, coziness, and escapism.” Remember that meadow we pictured in the beginning? In a literal sense, cottagecore means trading urban living for life in the countryside.
But here’s one of the most important factors: everything is romantic. From a fashion standpoint, wearing a billowy dress while berry-picking or a hat with a lace bow on sunny days are examples.
That said, cottagecore is more than dreamy scenery and outfits. Sometimes, it requires hard work. You’ll find those who really live the lifestyle bake, can fruit, craft, and paint. Some even have farms where every day is a farm-to-table dining experience.
But just because you live in an urban area, doesn’t mean you can’t live the lifestyle from your apartment. Vox says that the movement is “almost exclusively online” with people sharing snapshots of daily life or curated content on social media.
What are the origins of cottagecore?
The rustic lifestyle isn’t new but the term, “cottagecore” is more recent. Tumblr was the first to use it, according to Vox. It was 2018 when the online community added “core” to its name. The popular suffix is in reference to 1980s “hardcore punk” music scene. These days, “-core” is used to modify names of genres and subcultures.
If we’re talking about how cottagecore came to be, we’ll have to look at ancient Greece. JSTOR Daily credits Arcadia, a peninsula in Greece, as the origin of the rural aesthetic. However, people of the time saw Arcadia as a “primitive place” where hunters and gatherers lived.
Its reputation changed when the city of Alexandria became too polluted and disease-ridden. Folks dreamed of escaping to the countryside, and it was Arcadia they pictured.
This inclination to go back to rural living continued for the next centuries. And judging by how 2020 went, it never left.
When did cottagecore become popular?
It picked up in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, according to NPR. In April, there was a huge increase in Tumblr posts with the cottagecore hashtag. Meanwhile, “likes” jumped to 500%. The reason? People felt trapped, and it was the closest escape.
However, NPR credits Taylor Swift as the reason it went mainstream. Her album was released last year in July and featured rustic elements. W Magazine says the album cover is peak cottagecore with the singer “frolicking in the woods.” Vogue Australia even dubs cottagecore as a “phenomenon made popular by Taylor Swift.”
Apparently, the trend is here to stay. According to Apartment Therapy, it’s still the number one interior design hashtag on TikTok. The third spot is for “dried flowers,” another cottagecore element.
Video: How to Use Cottagecore Decorations for a Rustic Christmas
Live your dream cottagecore Christmas with this decorating guide by Evebydesigns. See how to decorate your tree, according to the aesthetic. Plus, get tips on how to extend the theme to other areas of your home.
Evelyn: [music] Hi everyone. My name is Evelyn from Evebydesigns. Today, I'm going to be showing you how to style your space for Christmas using cottagecore decorations.
The holidays are close, and if you're eyeing a rustic aesthetic for your home, you've come to the right place. Of course, what is a celebration without a Christmas tree? Over here, I have a 7-foot Frosty Flocked Christmas tree from Treetopia. I'm so excited to unbox and decorate this tree with you. Let's get started.
Assembly of your Christmas tree from Treetopia is a breeze because everything is numbered, and you know exactly where to start and what to do next. Make sure you tighten that bolt and then fluff your tree, moving all the branches in different directions to make sure it's as fluffy as possible.
When you're choosing a Treetopia Christmas tree, make sure to pick a tree that fits your aesthetic and a size that will fit in your space. I picked a full-profile Frosty Flocked Christmas tree from Treetopia to fit the cottagecore aesthetic.
[The] cottagecore theme and aesthetic has been trending since 2020. Besides romantic and dainty details, a key element of cottagecore is lots of greenery, hence a Christmas tree in classic green or a frosted one like what I’m using. Consider your space and budget when selecting your tree. Treetopia has great options starting [around] $150. Treetopia has different colors, shapes, and heights to choose from, and I'm pretty sure you'll find something that matches your style.
If you want more expert advice and tips, or to see some of the different types of trees that Treetopia offers, be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and check out some of the other videos.
Time to decorate this tree. To make this tree topper, I simply used one frosted pick and one berry pick and put the two pieces together. I arranged the berries so that they would come forward to the front. That was it. I didn't tie them together because they simply stick right into the top of the tree.
I found this ice crystal garland and thought it would be the perfect whimsical touch to my tree. I added it going in different directions, draping it around the tree. I added in some frosted berry picks that look so realistic, the snow is on top of these berries with little ice crystals. Then I added some more berries throughout the tree to fill in some more space. The florals that I use actually came in a bush and I separated them one by one and placed them throughout my tree.
My mom collected some pinecones for me to use from her yard. But if you don't have some, pick some up at the store. It makes a great decorative element for vases or bowls. I'm going to add my pinecones into my tree branches by simply placing them inside and setting them on the branch. I decided to use this cozy throw blanket. It's faux fur, and it worked perfectly underneath my tree as a tree skirting.
I continued the cottagecore aesthetic onto my table with my centerpiece, matching the berries and the frosted picks with everything that's on my tree. I pulled out my grandmother's punch bowl set and set it on my bar cart, close to my tree in my dining room.
Some other elements that I use for the cottagecore aesthetic are candles and books and wreaths.
Let's add some whimsical touches to this tree. To add in my garland that has mushrooms and wooden snowflakes, I start at the top and I go at an angle and move all the way down until that strand is completely covering the tree. I use a second strand for the bottom half of my tree. If you have a taller tree, consider how many you might need, but for my tree, I only needed two.
Now, I'm adding in my ribbon. I decided to go with this burlap-style ribbon to add texture to my tree. I cut it into long strips, and then I twisted it into the branches, forming a loop, and then twisting into another branch to form a second loop. I simply tuck the ends of the ribbon into the tree. I work in different sections of the tree to make sure I add burlap ribbon throughout.
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Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on using cottagecore Christmas decorations:
Step 1: Pick a spot for your Christmas tree.
Before decorating, choose your display area. Make sure there’s enough space to move freely. Placing your Christmas tree near an outlet is ideal if it’s pre-lit, or if you’re planning to add lights.
Step 2: Choose the right Christmas tree height.
Choose an artificial Christmas tree based on your theme and available space. If you’re planning to add a tree topper, factor that in when selecting the right height. Evelyn chose a 7-foot Frosty Flocked Christmas tree for her dining room.
Step 3: Set up and shape your artificial Christmas tree.
To assemble, begin with the tree stand and then stack the three sections together. Always refer to the manual when setting up your tree. Or, read this comprehensive guide.
Then, fluff the branches by section. Start with the innermost tips nearest to the trunk. Fan out the needles to minimize gaps between the branches. Repeat for other sections.
Step 4: Add your ornaments.
For a cottagecore theme, use natural-looking decorations. Faux fruits, flowers with leaves, and accents in earthy colors work best. Here are ideas from Evelyn:
Combine frosted foliage and berry picks by twisting their stems together. Secure them further with floral tape. Make sure the artificial greenery doesn’t conceal the berries.
Before hanging your ornaments, wrap a crystal garland around your tree for a touch of elegance. Starting from the top, wind it around your tree in even loops. Or create a crisscross pattern with two garlands.
Choose frosted picks that match your tree. Use ones with berries, pinecones, and pine leaves dusted with little ice crystals. Buy them ready-made or make your own.
Add more berry picks to fill in any gaps. This time, use non-frosted ones to give your tree more color.
Add faux flowers in the same color as your ornaments for a cohesive look. For example, the crimson petals of Poinsettia contrast well with the flocked foliage.
To achieve a rustic look, pair your red ornaments with natural ones like pinecones. Secure them to the branches with floral wire.
Add an even earthier element to your tree with mushroom decorations. Use mushroom ornaments or garlands to make your Christmas tree even more unique.
The tiny fungi is a cottagecore staple. In fact, it even has its own subculture called “mushroomcore.” The Journal calls it one of the “more authentic versions” of the aesthetic. As opposed to dainty and romantic, it’s about being one with nature— mud under your nails and all!
Burlap is an ideal cottagecore accent because of it’s earthy hue and natural weave. Cut a long strip and cinch the middle section with a tree branch to create a rough bow. Repeat for other areas of the tree.
For a cozy vibe, finish with a faux fur tree skirt. Choose one in beige, brown, or cream, then wrap it around the tree base to conceal the stand.
Here’s the final look. Isn’t this cottagecore Christmas tree so rustic and romantic?
Step 5: Extend the cottagecore aesthetic to the rest of the room.
Transform your space with simple additions, such as a table centerpiece that mimics the Christmas tree décor. Like Evelyn, use small red berries and branches set in a rectangular base. Another decorating idea is to use matching wreaths and garlands. Hang a wreath above your fireplace and complement it with a garland draped on the mantel.
For her bar cart, Evelyn set out her grandmother’s punch bowl set. Milk bottle glasses added a country charm to the setup. She also furnished her side table with books and pillar candles in the same neutral color. As you can see here, little details like the feather and pompom strings enhanced the natural vibe. The finishing touch? A mini flocked tree.
More Cottagecore Christmas Decorations
If you need other rustic cottage décor for your Christmas tree, use ones with a natural look. Here are more examples:
Dried and Artificial Flowers
Dried flowers are a cottagecore staple. To make your own, simply hang fresh flowers upside down. They’ll dry in a week or two—ready for display on your Christmas tree.
Another option is to use faux ones like these cotton flowers by Sarah Lemp of All Things with Purpose. She used them as garlands and added pinecone accents. She completed the look with white and black plaid ribbon.
Pressed Flowers and Vintage Frames
Another way to decorate with florals is to use pressed flowers. Make your own with paper and a few heavy books. First, put your flowers between two sheets of paper. Then, place them inside the pages of a book. Finally, grab more books to stack on top. After one or two weeks, the flowers are ready for use.
To make ornaments, place them inside picture frames and add strings. Baroque style frames add romantic detail. For a vintage look, use old book pages as backdrops.
This tree by Farmhouse Chic Blog used dainty elements like small picture frames, music sheets, and feathers. For a cottagecore twist, simply add your pressed flowers inside the frames. Then, replace the music sheets with your favorite book quotes.
Linen and Lace Ribbons
Another key element of cottagecore is ribbon. This accessory adds a charming touch to any look. Use ones made from lace, linen, or any other natural fabric to capture the aesthetic. Use it to complement your Christmas tree decorations.
For instance, Dede of Designed Décor used Christmas balls accented with white ribbons on her slim tree. They added a feminine touch to her decorating theme.
It isn’t really cozy without knitted throws or blankets. These cottagecore essentials double as tree skirts and collars.
Kashia Palmer wrapped a red knitted throw around the base of her tree. It’s a different take on a tree skirt, but boy, does it work.
You need a woven basket whether you’re taking a relaxed stroll in the fields or having a picnic. This simple, everyday item is a cottagecore favorite. It’s unsurprising, considering how versatile it is. It holds anything from breads to sewing threads. You know what else? Christmas presents!
Jesse Coulter used one as an accent for her green Christmas tree. A basket with a wider opening looks great with presents inside. Use neutral-colored gift wrappers like Jesse for a cohesive look.
Inspiration for a Cottagecore Christmas
This holiday, immerse yourself in the cottagecore world through books and movies. Get inspired by story settings, cinematography, and nature’s sound.
Anne with an E
We can’t think of anything more cottagecore than Netflix series Anne with an E. It’s based on the classic novel Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. It tells the story of Anne Shirley, an orphan who moves to the picturesque town of Avonlea. When deciding on ornaments to use, draw inspiration from the scenery, costumes, and Anne’s poetic declarations. Here’s a clip guaranteed to make you want to frolic in the fields.
Once you’re done decorating, bury your nose in a book like Jo of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This classic is set in a quaint village and revolves around the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. If you’re new to the story, check out the book or the movies.
Want to take a stroll around the romantic countryside? Let us know if rustic decorations are in your plans this year by leaving a comment below. If you have other ideas for cottagecore decorations, we’d love to hear about them, too.