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 Sunday, 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 Sunday 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

Arm-knit a blanket in less than one hour.

How to Arm-Knit a Chunky Wool Blanket

Arm-knit a blanket in less than one hour.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

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.

Or Make a DIY Tassel Blanket

DIY Tassel Blanket
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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

Sweater and Menswear Pillows

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 Sunday.

Chop Veggies Now for Slow Cooker Soup

Winter minestrone.

Winter Soup

This hearty winter minestrone will keep your belly full and warm.

Chop your veggies ahead of time, so you can throw everything in your slow cooker Sunday morning. Then proceed with uninterrupted snuggling all day — and still eat a delicious, home-cooked meal come dinnertime.

Make Your Pet a Snuggly Bed

DIY Pet Bed, Step 12a

Photo by: Andy Vinson

Andy Vinson

Craft a snuggling spot for your furry friend, too. Transform an old sweater into an ultra-cozy bed that's easy and inexpensive to make.

Make It: Sweater Pet Bed

Collect Firewood for a Cuddle Day Fire

Firewood Carrier

DIY Firewood Tote

Create a cozy DIY firewood tote that's as stylish as it is functional.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Prep for a daylong fire by collecting plenty of wood and storing it near your fireplace.

Bake Homemade Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Bake a couple chocolate chip cookies, and save them as a sweet treat on Sunday.

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 Your Own Essential Oils

Learn how to make your own essential oils with plants from your garden.

Make Your Own Essential Oils

Learn how to make your own essential oils with plants from your garden.

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 a Candle for Cuddle Day Smells

Pouring Melted Wax Into Glass Jar With Wick

Pour Wax Into Jar

Carefully pour the wax into the jar. Allow to sit for 24 hours.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

If you don’t have a diffuser for your homemade oils, make a candle, instead.

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Make This Mother's Day Cocktail Gift Basket

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DIY Trash Pumpkin: Turn Your Garbage Into This Unique Farmhouse-Style Decoration

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DIY Upcycled Sweater Wreath

Don’t throw away your old, worn-out sweaters. Make a big mug of hot cocoa for a crafty night in and turn them into a cozy DIY upcycled sweater wreath for the holiday and winter season.

No Sunlight Needed: These Vibrant Houseplants Are Actually Made From Paper

If you love indoor plants but lack natural light or the time to properly care for them, Corrie Beth Hogg, expert crafter and author of Handmade Houseplants: Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make with Paper, shares a paper plant DIY perfect for adding a faux green-thumb vibe to any living space.

Make a Fresh, Faux Tulip Wreath to Welcome Spring

With an easy ombre pattern and just a 30-minute build time, this lush DIY wreath may be the best way to usher in spring.

Welcome Fall With This House Number Pumpkin Topiary

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Fall is here! Welcome guests into your home with a colorful DIY crepe paper magnolia wreath. The steps are simple and the outcome is simply stunning.

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