10 DIY Hygge Candles For A Hygge Home
Uncover ten dazzling DIY candles for a hygge home. You can make your house feel hygge with these swoon-worthy hygge candle ideas!
Hygge (pronounced hue-ga, as in hue like a shade of color, not high-gee) is buzzing around this time of year, even if some of us can’t seem to get the pronunciation correct. There isn’t a direct English translation for hygge. Best explained it’s the Danish term for the quality of coziness and comfort often explained by the Dane’s lifestyle.
What is a hygge lifestyle? It’s the Danish concept of cultivating a comforting coziness through the enjoyment of the simple things in life. And in doing so, invoke feelings of joy, happiness, friendliness, and contentment.
In contrast, our American lifestyle is quite the opposite. We are often driven to hustle, conquer our goals, beat all the odds, and move from one big thing to the next. Rarely is there any mention of slowing down and enjoying the simple things.
I can certainly appreciate their mindset and love that the Danes believe the feeling of cozy leads to a happy life. If you’re after the hygge feelings of warmth, connection, and togetherness, too, you’ll love these swoon-worthy hygge candle ideas for a hygge home!
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How do I make my house feel hygge?
Candles, yes, all you need are candles to make your house feel hygge. You see, candles are the easiest way to add instant hygge to your life. In ‘The Little Book of Hygge,’ Meik Wiking writes that “no recipe for hygge is complete without candles.”
In fact, 85% of Danish people associate candles with hygge. So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Denmark is the leading consumer of candles in Europe.
It may seem evident that candles equate to coziness, but most Danes will tell you that you cannot hygge without candlelight. The atmosphere a candle creates by adding light with a gentle glow is one the most important pieces of a hygge home.
This means if you want to ignite this Danish lifestyle, you’re going to need hygge candles!
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What is a Hygge candle?
A hygge candle brightens the far too-early winter sunsets and brings cheer to your home with a warm glow that feels like a big hug.
If you’re wondering what candles the Danish use, you won’t find a specific candle. Some, like unscented candles, simple beeswax tapers, or scented candles that can single-handedly make your house smell cozy.
Because scent is an intersection between memories and emotions, this is precisely why a scented candle can pack quite a punch.
What scent is Hygge?
If hygge is about coziness and comfort, it has to be a scent that makes you feel that way.
Take this candle scent recipe included in my fall candle scent printable; for example, it’s a candle scent many enjoy year-round in their kitchen. It is a delightful aroma of freshly baked apples and warm sugar, highlighted by comforting spices, cinnamon, and clove.
Warm Apple Pie Candle Scent Recipe
25% warm vanilla sugar or vanilla
Or another good example of a hygge scent is one that invokes the outdoors. This candle scent recipe from my printable Christmas candle scent charts perfectly captures the fresh scent of winter. It’s designed to refresh your space with a serene snowy scent of myrrh, clary sage, lavender, juniper, and frosted vanilla.
Winter Woods Candle Scent Recipe
25% clary sage
Scented or unscented candles, all Danes agree to have a hygge home; you don’t need to buy a lot of things. Instead, you can fill your home with inexpensive, do-it-yourself things that make you feel calm and content.
Creating a hygge home with candles is an excellent opportunity to reuse candle jars. Use one of these easy methods to clean candle jars and remove candle wax successfully!
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What Are The Best DIY Candles For Hygge?
Uncover these ten dazzling DIY candles for a hygge home. You can make your house feel hygge in no time with these swoon-worthy hygge candle ideas!
10 BEST DIY HYGEE CANDLES
#1 Cozy Cabin Candle Mugs
Creating a cozy cabin candle mug is an easy hygge craft for adults. These enamel mugs lend an outdoor feel to the appearance of the candle and have the coziness of a cabin inside!
Don’t be surprised if you picture hiking through the woods in the crisp winter air beneath snowy juniper trees. And thereafter, returning to a cabin to light a fire in a wood stove with bundles of lavender and sage drying from the rafters above, filling the cabin with a grounding aroma.
Yes, you can have a winter retreat for the senses with this DIY hygge candle in a mug!
#2 Milk and Honey Scented Beeswax Candles DIY
Light a homemade honey beeswax candle and enjoy the melody of beeswax, rich manuka honey, almond milk, zesty orange, bright bergamot, and sweet vanilla in this beekeeper’s dream of a candle.
It’s a combination sure to please just about everyone. Learn how to get a dreamy milk and honey scent and gather beeswax candle-making tips along the way with this hygge candle DIY!
#3 DIY Cinnamon Candle
Flickering candles, a nice cuppa, and a favorite book or magazine – that’s what you call bliss in the wintertime! And these DIY cinnamon candles are quick and easy to make, as with most of Jayne’s DIYs.
These natural cinnamon candles come together with cinnamon essential oil, natural cinnamon powder, cinnamon sticks, and star anise for a fragrant hygge candle.
#4 DIY Forest Candle Bowl
If you’ve ever experienced walking through a forest of pine trees, reaching into a clear blue, endless sky with a blanket of pine needles underfoot, then you know how incredibly refreshing it is. And that’s why I wanted to create a forest-scented candle so that I could experience, in a way, the fresh aroma enveloped in a forest canopy.
It’s an outdoorsy hygge scent that grounds you and uplifts your thoughts. Reawaken your imagination by walking through the heart of a pine forest anytime with a DIY forest candle bowl.
#5 Coffee DIY Wax Melts
I may have said it before, but coffee is one of the most supreme aromas you’ll ever smell. And quite possibly one of the best discoveries by humanity.
Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy my fair share of dark chocolate and red wine. But, one whiff from a bag of whole roasted coffee beans and I turn to butter. Melting these coffee DIY wax melts in my candle warmer is just as inviting as the scent of brewing coffee.
#6 Snowy Tea Light Candle Holders
When sunshine is fleeting and cold days begin to line up on the calendar, it’s the perfect time to start creating winter crafts. Especially those that can light up the dim and sometimes dreary weeks.
This snowy tea light candle holder craft takes only a few minutes to create with empty yogurt jars and staples in your kitchen pantry. So, even if you’ve never crafted before, you’ll be able to make these!
#7 Juniper Berry Essential Oil Soy Wax Candles
Ease into the hygge season with these DIY juniper berry candles festooned with dried juniper berries and fresh cedar fronds! It’s a quick and easy way to make your home feel hygge — and it’s perfect for upcycling old glass vessels!
#8 Unique DIY Cheese Mold Candle
Used originally to mold cheese, this natural wood grain container with a weathered white finish and a large circle centered in the middle seems very fitting to pour a candle into. Don’t you think?
I used natural wood candle wicks to complete the cheese mold. The finished candle has an earthy, bohemian appeal that fits perfectly on the shelves in our living room next to a whitewashed terracotta pot and white wooden beads.
If you have wanted to make these unique candles, you’re in luck! I’ve included where to find wooden cheese molds, how to prepare them for candle making (don’t skip this step), and easy-to-follow intructions to make a cheese mold DIY candle.
#9 DIY Sweater Weather Candle
Welcome hygge into your home with a fragrant DIY sweater weather candle. This homemade candle is made with soy wax and a crisp essential oil blend that resembles the beloved sweater weather scent. Along with a crackling wood wick that casts a beautiful glow, making your home feel warm and cozy, the Danish way.
And it’s a beginner-friendly candle making tutorial that includes step-by-step instructions and tips for supplies and storage.
#10 How to Make Sugar Mold Candles For Hygge
You can’t ignore the rustic beauty of “old meets new” in sugar mold candles. The tin cups make it so easy to replace the candles after you’ve burned them down. Their practicality certainly lines up with a hygge lifestyle. Don’t you agree?
With some trial and error, I figured out how to make sugar mold candles to refill the candle cups. Interestingly, I hadn’t seen a tutorial for this yet. So, this is how to make sugar mold candles at home for less money!
Do things the Danish way with the simple comfort found in these DIY hygge candles. Melting, slowly stirring, and pouring candle wax into containers you’ve found around the home is immensely satisfying. And when you light your handmade candle, you’ll feel nothing but hygge.
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