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14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

Last week we talked about how to embrace the Danish lifestyle of hygge.  Are you a convert yet?  If not, today’s post might do you in!

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Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are basically hygge by nature.  Comforting food, spending time with family and friends…all the things you probably love about Thanksgiving and Christmas are the very definition of hygge.

If you’re looking for creative and easy ways to bring hygge into your home this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to try very hard.  These 14 clever and rustic ideas are great for giving your home a comforting, warm, hygge feel that will make guests all the more thankful!

14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

DIY Leaf Bowl

bowl

Printable Napkin Holder

napkin rings

Fabric Pumpkins

fabric pumpkins

Gold Painted Pumpkins

painted pumpkins

Heart-Stamped Leaves

leaf hearts

Copper Striped Candles

copper candles

Knit Coaster

knit coasters

Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins

hat pumpkins

Gold Dipped Candles

gold dipped candle

Leaf Place Holders

placecards

Gourd Candles

votives

Gratitude Sphere

thankful globe

Knit Leaves

knit leaves

Felt Garland

felt garland

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Hygge Week: Woven Felt Heart

You may have made these in middle school or girl scouts, or maybe you saw them hanging on your grandma’s Christmas tree every year.  Often made with red and white paper, these woven hearts are traditional in Scandinavian households…and are almost always found in hygge rooms, especially around Christmas.

woven heart

There are countless ways to cut and design your paper hearts, but for today’s project, we’re going to go with the classic woven heart.  I also decided to use felt instead of paper since that’s what I had on hand, but either will work!

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You can use this little heart “basket” to hold goodies for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, or fill them with potpourri and hang them around your home.  You can use red and white, which is traditional for these woven hearts, or mix and match your favorite colors to add this cozy festive touch to your décor!

Woven Felt Heart

Materials:

  • Two pieces of different colored paper or felt (bigger pieces of paper equal bigger hearts)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Fold each piece of felt in half hamburger style.
  2. Cut the folded felt in half.  You’ll only need one half of each color.
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  3. On the unfolded side, cut to round the tops.  This will become the top of the heart.  I cut both of mine at the same time so they were the same.  If you want to use a pattern, you can find one to your liking online.
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  4. On the folded side, cut your strips for weaving.  Four strips should be enough for beginners.  Don’t cut all the way through, just about an inch from the top.
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  5. The weaving can get confusing, so rather than explain it with words here, I suggest checking out this YouTube video to see it in person:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jur29ViLEhk
  6. Continue weaving until your heart is complete.  Once done, open your heart to reveal the pocket!  Add a handle if you want and fill it with whatever you like!
    pocket
  7. I made another heart with the remaining two halves of felt, this time cutting 6 strips on each side.
    heart pocket2

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7 Day of the Dead Crafts

YOU GUYS…have you seen this preview for Pixar’s new film, Coco?

DOESN’T THIS LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING?

Besides the fact that I love almost everything that Pixar does, I cannot wait to see their interpretation of this Dia de los Muertos story.  The color palette alone is reason enough to check this film out, but I have a feeling the music, the plot, and the overall message about death and remembrance will help this film go down in Pixar history as one of the greats…fingers crossed, at least!

day of the dead crafts

I’ve always been fascinated with the sugar skulls and other decorations that make Dia de los Muertos one of the most ironically colorful holidays in existence…and if you want to add a little color to your Halloween décor this year, be sure to check out these 7 sugar skull-inspired Day of the Dead Crafts!

7 Day of the Dead Crafts

Felt Day of the Dead Doll

felt-doll

Day of the Dead Garland

day of the dead garland

Sugar Skull Perler Beads

perler beads

Sugar Skull Painted Rocks

painted rocks

Day of the Dead Planters

day of the dead planters

Day of the Dead Lollipop Wrappers

day of the dead lollipop wrappers

DIY Painted Skull

diy painted skull

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DIY Notepad

I’m a sucker for notebooks and notepads.  Though I haven’t kept a journal in several years, I like the IDEA of having a journal…and I certainly have enough blank ones to just get started already.

I also love making (and crossing things off of) lists.  I have grocery lists, to do lists, lists of books to read, lists of things to buy…it helps keep my brain organized and I can’t help but feel just a little accomplished when I finally get to cross something off!

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Before I started making my own notepads, I just had a purse full of receipts and post-its with various lists on them…but these cute little DIY Notepads are so easy to make that you’ll have your life organized in no time!

DIY Notepad

Materials:

  • 30 sheets of white computer paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (or a paper trimmer if you have one)
  • Stamps and ink pad (optional)
  • 2 sheets scrapbook paper
  • 2 binder clips
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Embellishments

Instructions:

Cut your computer paper (or cardstock if you want thicker sheets) into 5 in. x 7 in. rectangles.  Do the same with the scrapbook paper you want to use as the cover of your notepad.

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Gather all the pages together and secure with binder clips on the 5 in. end.

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If you want to decorate the pages with stamps, do that before securing with binder clips.  

Using paint brush, apply a generous coat of Mod Podge glue on the 5 in. end to hold all the pages together.  Once that coat has dried, apply one more coat.  Let dry fully.

In the meantime, cut your cardboard, if you’re using it, into a 5 in. x 7 in. rectangle.

Cut the second sheet of scrapbook paper (I just used a scrap piece, honestly…or you can use the flip side if your paper is double-sided) into a 7 in. x 3 in. rectangle.  This will be the binding cover.

journal pieces

Once your binding has dried, remove the binder clips.  Use Mod Podge to glue your paper pad onto your sheet of cardboard.  Place cover on top of pages.  Glue backside of 3 in. rectangle and carefully attach over binding.  Let dry completely.

Once that’s done, you can decorate your notepad cover to look however you’d like!

And there you have it!  A cute little notepad with removeable sheets that’s great for gift-giving and keeping your life organized!

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Adorable Little Crocheted Pumpkins

It’s FINALLY fall in Chicago!

For a few days there, Chicago was experiencing weird 80 degree fall days and I was having NONE OF IT.  BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!

To help cozy up my house for cool weather, I decided to make a couple of these adorable little crocheted pumpkins.  Aren’t they the cutest?!

crocheted pumpkins

This pattern is very forgiving and you can make a whole series of pumpkins smaller and bigger than this by stopping or continuing your increase rows.

You can find this pattern at 5littlemonsters.com.  I made two of the “large” pumpkins, but there’s also a pattern for a pumpkin about half the size of these.

You can also add a little face for a fun jack-o-lantern or just leave them as is to decorate your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I think I might even make some pumpkins in a series of fall colors to help cozy up the living room!

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7 Cute Crochet Projects to Decorate Your Home for Fall

These aren’t your grandma’s crochet patterns.  Liven up your fall décor by creating a cozy space with these adorable fall crochet projects.  Cute pumpkins, festive garlands, cozy blankets…these projects will help you turn your living room into a comfy, cushy fall oasis!

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7 Cute Crochet Projects to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Plaid Crochet Pumpkin
crochet pumpkin

Fall in Love Afghan
fal afghan

Fall Apple Basket
apple basket

Crochet Succulent Planter
succulent planter

Tea Time Pumpkin Coasters
pumpkin coasters

Thanksgiving Crochet Banner
give thanks banner

Cozy Crochet Pinecones
cozy pinecones

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DIY Floor Pouf

So my husband and I recently moved into a new apartment…in an effort to be more “adult”, we got rid of all our furniture and decided to upgrade to couches and chairs that didn’t come from the cesspool that is Craigslist…been there, done that…and it’s gross.

We’ve yet to purchase a couch for our new place, but we still needed a place to sit and chillax while we watched TV or what have you, so I decided to make some floor poufs.

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I had a ton of extra fabric laying around and these poufs put a serious dent in my stash, which my storage closet very much appreciated! 😉  They’re great for beginners and involve very little measuring, which my brain very much appreciated!

You’ll need about 2 yards of fabric, depending on how big you want your pouf to be.  You’ll need two panels that measure 24 in. X 24 in. – these will be the top and bottom of your pouf.  For the sides, you’ll need four panels that measure 24 in. high X 16 in. wide.  Then you’ll pin them together (front side down) like so:

pattern

Then you just run this baby through the sewing machine!  Start by sewing all the side panels to the bottom square, then sew the top panel to the top side panel.  Finish by sewing the top square to the front panel, being sure to leave a good 4 inches or so to turn right-side-out and stuff.

Once you’re done sewing, turn your piece right-side-out.  Fill with stuffing of your choice – I used Poly-Fill (I used 3 of the big bags).  Once filled, sew up the remaining hole and enjoy!

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