Have you ever heard of Hygge? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish way of life. It is about embracing warmth and coziness and enjoying simple joys. It’s the feeling you get when you’ve curled up with a good book and a hot cup of cocoa. That is why winter is the most hygienic time of the year. Denmark has notoriously terrible winters and is still considered one of the happiest countries in the world. The Danes are happy because of their hyggenic lifestyle. The good news is that everyone can practice hygge. It is the art of wellbeing. It is also easy to hygienize in an upcycled manner. Let’s examine how.
Make a warm atmosphere
Hygge is about staying warm. Create a … hyggelig Atmosphere by becoming cozy. Think warm socks, oversized sweaters, soft blankets and a blazing fire. Hygge is about making your life easier. It’s about turning off the technology and enjoying dinner and games with friends and family. Or you can enjoy your personal time by reading a book and enjoying a hot drink or treat.
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The words “cozy” and “hug” are the most obvious translation for hygge. So you should definitely wear comfortable sweaters, socks and slippers. Do you have an old sweater that you no longer wear? Turn it into a pair of slipper socks! You can find more ideas for upcycling sweaters here.
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Hygge isn’t just about staying indoors. It’s about exploring how you feel open and alive. Shift the winter sadness by bundling up and walking in the forest. While you’re there, you can look for evergreen branches. Try to bring natural elements indoors to strengthen your senses. We recommend that you incorporate fresh and beautiful branches into your home decor. Use glass bottles and glasses as vases to create a mini forest.
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Here’s another nice idea. Use a jug as a vase! We love these eucalyptus branches.
Hygge is about appreciating the simple things you enjoy. Like these berry branches. They look great in an old fish bowl – no arrangements required!
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If you prefer, you can create a beautiful branch decor like this copper and branch wall hanging. It’s easy to make and looks gorgeous.
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Here’s a hygge idea for a coffee table centerpiece. Group mason jars in different sizes. In the first one lay branches. A candle was stuck in the second. Fill the last one with eaten pine cones.
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If you ask a Danish person what’s the most hygienic, they’ll probably tell you candles. Candles create such a warm and cozy atmosphere. You can upcycle so many things in candles!
Here are some nice wine glass candles.
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We like to collect old tea cups to make candles out of. Here is our tutorial on how to make teacup candles. This method works for every container that you want to upcycle.
Or you combine two Hygge elements and bring nature inside with branch candles!
To make: Cut some branches and make a hole for the tealight. Place the branch candle in a glass votive for a polished look. More decoration ideas for branches can be found here.
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We also love these DIY candles made from old jam jars!
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Make your house hygge
Make yourself comfortable with coarse knitted throws, blankets and pillows. Ceiling ladders are a great decorative element that organizes your ceilings when not in use. Use an old ladder or make one out of old wood.
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You can even use birch branches to make a ceiling ladder!
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Get Hygge and make a cozy corner for diary or reading. Fill it with fluffy carpets, blankets, pillows and snuggle up. We love scatter cushions and we LOVE the idea of making them from old sweaters. Did you accidentally shrink your favorite sweater? Don’t fret, you can turn it into a beautiful pillow case!
Here’s another view of the sweater cushion that highlights the bottom of the sweater and contains a cute button.
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How will you hyggen this winter?
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