Hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is a Danish word which, although has no direct translation, means enjoying life’s simple pleasures. It alludes to a feeling of cosy intimacy and contentment. It’s all about creating feelings of happiness, friendliness and wellbeing within everyday life.
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? No rushing through life, taking time for the simple things and enjoying time with family and friends and getting outside, no matter the weather. You can make your life more Hygge through the wonder of craft.
We want to share 10 craft projects that will make your life more Hygge.
In a fast-paced world, it can sometimes be hard to stop, sit back and enjoy the simple things. Hygge is all about taking your time and enjoying the moment and taking things slowly.
You want to sit back and enjoy the craft and not rush through it. Some crafts are more long-term than others. But they are often the most rewarding. The quilt pictured is from Homemade and Happy by Tilda. Tone has made using a variety of the gorgeous Tilda fabric.
It looks ever so idyllic doesn’t it? Sat by an open fire, reading a book with a hot chocolate close to hand and snuggled up in the blanket that you have spent hours upon hours making. This is very much the Danish way. It’s about taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.
When you think of Hygge your mind may automatically go to a big log cabin with a large open fire and lots of big soft chunky blankets to wrap yourself up in, rugs made of the softest materials and luxury slippers that you’ll never want to take off.
You wouldn’t be far wrong. Adding texture to a room is key. Even if it’s just the smallest throw cushion. It will add that little extra Hygge style to your home.
On our blog, we have this gorgeous crochet heart rug that can be created in any colour you wish and created with the luxurious wool. Combine this scene with a hot chocolate sat by a fire and you have the perfect Hygge setting.
When decorating a home you can get bogged down with choosing the perfect piece of large furniture. The Hygge way of life says that actually, it is the small things that make a home. Whether it is a strategically placed cushion, table runner or garland, these are the things that make a house a home.
Not only are they great for the festive season, with a strategic choice of paper, these balls can be used as decoration for the whole year round. Don’t forget Hygge isn’t just for Christmas!
The idea of sharing is caring in Hygge means all getting stuck in and doing things together, whether that means all mucking in to do the dinner or cleaning up after. It also is about the art of giving. Not huge gestures, like we said before, it’s the little things.
It is always so nice to give someone a handmade present, there is something a bit more special about it. And so, to add that extra little touch to your gift wrapping of said gift, this cross stitch heart gift tag is ideal. For friends, family and loved ones, it will be the perfect finishing touch.
It is a simple pleasure, that smell of baking bread and tucking into your still-warm loaf straight out of the oven. You have probably done this in the past. If you have, then well done, you are already on your way to a top Hygge lifestyle!
Now, we aren’t asking you to become the next Paul Hollywood and bake a focaccia from heart at a moment’s notice. But on the weekend, if you have time, bake! Enjoy kneading the dough and relishing in the smells that fill your kitchen, knowing you can dunk warm bread into a thick tomato soup or make the best sandwich on the planet.
Handmade Scandinavian Christmas has a number of different bread recipes for you to get started on; from Ginger-bread (not the biscuit type) to Apricot cake bread, there is lot’s to choose from. This book has some great wintery recipes in, so don’t just stop at bread. The kitchen is your oyster. Bake away!
The Danish are all about candles. They are on windowsills, on tables, in bedrooms, in the kitchen – everywhere! As a result, candles have become an essential part of Hygge living. Candles can create a number of different atmospheres. Romantic. Festive. Cosy. And, you may be surprised to learn that they are actually incredibly easy to make. Of course, you could go and buy some, but there is something quite therapeutic about making your own candles. Picking your own scents and colours. And of course, for a small amount of money, you can make a bulk of candles instead.
We keep going back to Handmade Scandinavian Christmas, where the instructions for making these candles are. But it really is a very Hygge book. You could make long candles you can make short round candles, you can make candles in tea cups, the possibilities are endless. But if you want the Hygge lifestyle, you will need candles.
With a stunning array of rolling fields, trees and lush wildflowers the Danish countryside is outstanding. And in the Winter it is covered in a white blanket of snow, beautiful. So it is no wonder the Danes want to bring the outside in and enjoy that scenery from the comfort of their own home on those chillier winter nights.
You can do this in a number of different ways. Bring in plants from your local garden centre. Open up your home to have large patio doors so it is like you are living outside, although is it a lot more of an expense and not always possible if you live in the city! Rather, what we suggest is using nature in your craft projects.
Our FREE eBook Nature Crafts has 12 creative craft projects such as this beautiful box decorated with dried rosebuds. You can make one to be used as a decorative box or a keepsake box. And of course, you can make these boxes in any size or shape you like.
The Danish believe what my mother spent my whole childhood telling me; ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’. Because the Danish know their weather can be somewhat unpredictable and living in the UK, we can relate to that. Think of all those times you have been caught out without an umbrella, or been really cold because a chill has come about?
In the winter it is always good to have a jumper to hand. Knitters can knit this Fair Isle jumper, which is always in style, during the summer and take pleasure in getting that rewarding feeling for finishing the project and being snuggly and warm while wearing it in the winter.
9. Don’t deprive yourself.
Leading a Hygge lifestyle means taking the time to do the things in life that make you happy. Don’t deprive yourself of those things, whether that is going to the gym, knitting, sewing, reading a book. So, take time out of your day to make sure you do them. It will be worth it.
We recommend Handmade Scandinavian Christmas so you can craft your way to the ultimate Hygge lifestyle. Although Hygge isn’t just a winter lifestyle trend and can be applied all year round, a lot of what is in the book can be used all year round or altered to be a year-round decorative item. So if you read any book on craft projects to make your life more Hygge, make sure it’s this one.
Let us know what you think of Hygge. Have you started thinking about ways you can adapt your life to make it more Hygge as you read this, or do you think it’s not for you? Let us know by commenting below. We can’t wait to hear from you.