10 Ways to Prepare for National Cuddle Up Day
Preparation is the key to (cuddling) success.
If you thought New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day were the only holidays this week, I have great news for you. We still have another reason to celebrate, and let me tell you, it’s a good one. National Cuddle Up Day is this Saturday, January 6 — and it's quite noteworthy. Let me explain. Usually, National Cuddle Up Day falls on a weekday, which (most likely) means your cuddling hours are limited because of that thing called your job. But this year, the magic of Saturday and National Cuddle Up Day will combine to give us nonstop cuddling hours. I suggest you prepare accordingly so you have zero reasons to move from your snuggle spot. Read on for hygge-esque ideas.
Arm Knit a Chunky Wool Throw
The one cuddling necessity you can’t do without is a chunky, warm blanket. Instead of paying top dollar for a wool throw, make your own with our arm-knitting tutorial.
Make It: DIY Chunky Wool Throw
Or Make a DIY Tassel Blanket
If you’re more concerned with snuggling in style (Hey, no judgment here), make this super-cute tassel blanket, instead. Did I mention there’s no sewing involved?
Make a Sweater Pillow
Cozy Pillow From Repurposed Menswear
Old knit sweaters and men's flannel shirts that have been retired from your wardrobe can be given new life again as throw pillows. This trio of repurposed apparel includes a cable-knit sweater as well as a pinstriped button-up and a woodsy plaid flannel.
You know that old sweater you never wear but always keep come closet-cleaning time? It’s begging to be made into an adorable pillow just in time for Saturday.
Make It: DIY Sweater Pillow
Chop Veggies Now for Slow Cooker Soup
Chop your veggies ahead of time, so you can throw everything in your slow cooker Saturday morning. Then proceed with uninterrupted snuggling all day — and still eat a delicious, home-cooked meal come dinnertime.
Make It: Slow Cooker Minestrone
Make Your Pup a Snuggly Bed
Craft a snuggling spot for your furry friend, too. This no-sew dog bed from DIYNetwork.com is easy and inexpensive to make.
Make It: No-Sew Fleece Dog Bed
Collect Firewood for a Cuddle Day Fire
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Prep for a daylong fire by collecting plenty of wood and storing it near your fireplace.
Make It: Rustic Firewood Tote
Bake Homemade Cookies
Bake a couple chocolate chip cookies, and save them as a sweet treat on Saturday.
Make (Real) Hot Chocolate Mix
Nothing says cozy like a comforting cup of hot chocolate. Prep your cocoa ahead of time with real chocolate shavings, and you’ll never go back to the powdered drink mix.
Make It: DIY Hot Chocolate Mix
Make Your Own Essential Oils
Cuddling is all about relaxation, so why not enhance your experience with aromatherapy? Make your own essential oils ahead of time to diffuse during your snuggle sesh.
Make It: DIY Essential Oils
Make a Candle for Cuddle Day Smells
If you don’t have a diffuser for your homemade oils, make a candle, instead.
Make It: DIY Candle With Essential Oils