If you are still in the New Year motivation haze, and are looking for something new to add to your healthy lifestyle I highly suggest looking into Hygge.
Hygge; another millennial trend that I laughed at, researched, tried and fell in love with (click here for that post). It is an amazing Danish way of living that has brought me so much joy and has shaped how I spend my spare time. A part of Hygge is creating a Hygge box; a box that contains whatever you want but mostly things that make you happy.
This is our process of making our Hygge box.
I introduced Hygge to Jon a while ago and we kinda haven’t stopped since, you can see an example of a Hygge week in our house here –> Hygge: 3rd – 10th March.
When I was reading The Little Book of Hygge I read about a Hygge Box. A box that contains things that make you happy, it is supposed to be something that you keep well stocked and is there incase you need it. I loved this idea and Jon and I set out to find the perfect Hygge box.
We searched all of the usual places but nothing seemed to fit. Your Hygge Box can take any form that you want as it is a reflection of you. it could be plastic, wooden, an old biscuit tin, anything works. We wanted to design ours and we wanted something that would reflect the characteristics of Hygge, so we set about looking for a wooden box with a hinge. We found most of what we were looking for in a UK shop, Hobby Craft (I will link all of our materials below).
We had a look around and all depending on your artistic ability of which I have none there was a lot we could use to decorate our box with. Jon wanted to spray paint his, he found a stencil he liked and chose the colour that he wanted. I on the other hand wanted to take a different approach with my box, and although I can only draw a wonky stickman, decided that I wanted to hand paint mine… sort of. I chose a bee, a symbol I hold dear. We gathered our materials and set off home to make our boxes.
Jon’s box did in the end take longer than mine and I believe it has a bit more skill involved. Jon chose to spray paint and a stencil. He printed up the words “Hygge Box” and printed them onto a piece of card and using a scalpel carefully cut out the letters. He then secured his stencils to his box and surround them with newspaper. After researching spray painting this seemed to be a very important step, any gaps and you will have smudges in your paint. He then covered his mouth, stepped back and began to spray his paint. He left it to dry for a few hours and then repeated this two more times. He wanted to make sure that it was completely dry before he removed anything. I think he did a lovely job and he tried a new skill. How very Hygge of him… and I can guarantee that when he reads this he will reach for a sick bucket because I wrote that… sorry Jon!
After seeing how well Jon’s box turned out I blatantly stole his idea and designed a simple bee, I wanted our boxes to match loosely for display purposes so I used the same font and printed it out onto a piece of card. I then used a scalpel to cut it out and secured the piece of card onto my box. My colour scheme was simple and it didn’t require too much skill so I began to paint. The same rule applies with this method of decoration as it does with the spray paint secure that bad boy down, you can see with my end result that there I didn’t do as well with the writing and it is so easy to mess up. I repainted a few times then let it dry thoroughly, then I pealed off the card and it was done. I wanted to keep it simple and I really like the end product because I feel like it’s very me.
There you have it two Hygge Boxes, why don’t you give it a go yourself and let me know how it goes, I would love to see what actual creative and talented people could do with this!
Until next time!