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Quick DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Need a last-minute ugly Christmas sweater for a holiday party? Create this DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater in minutes for only $1.

This fun and easy Christmas craft is featured at The Pioneer Woman and Shutterfly.

It is the holidays which means a lot of parties. Ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage! You can buy them, but why not wear something unique?

I converted sweaters we had into fun holiday sweaters with a craft kit from a dollar store.

You, too, can create a quick, fun look in minutes without spending much money.

What could be more fun than your own DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater? These sweaters are perfect to wear to a White Elephant Gift Exchange!

We used old sweaters we had on hand. My husband had a solid red 3/4 zip sweater that he didn’t wear anymore because it was too large.

I picked an old argyle sweater that had become frumpy from the stretched-out bands. We picked a Christmas tree kit and a gingerbread person kit, respectively.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

I picked up a felt Christmas craft kit at my local dollar store. It was the perfect size to fit on the front of a sweater.

How to Make an Ugly Christmas Sweater

  1. Heat a hot glue gun.
  2. Lay the sweater flat.
  3. Decorate the felt shape, gluing embellishments into place.
  4. Glue the holiday shape to the sweater.
  5. Wear it and be festive!

supplies to make your own christmas-themed sweater

If you cannot find a kit, you can cut felt to make your own Christmas shapes, such as a tree, snowman, or gingerbread man.

2 DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

That is it. These sweaters went together in minutes.

It took longer for the glue gun to heat up than the actual construction. I love how they turned out!

My daughter thought the gingerbread person on the argyle was funky, but that is what makes it ugly.

It would be easy to really ugly the sweaters up by gluing on bows, bells, or small Christmas decorations.

woman wearing a christmas outfit

Update: I took my husband’s sweater and added some pom-poms. I wore it with some adorable ugly Christmas sweater leggings I got. I even made Ugly Christmas Sweaters for globe jars to give out as gifts.

Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater?

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a silly couple wearing Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Yield: 1

Quick $1 DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Quick $1 DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Create a quick and cheap one-of-a-kind ugly Christmas sweater in just minutes!

Prep Time 4 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Sweater out of your closet
  • Felt holiday kit from a dollar store
  • Optional: embellishments


  • Hot glue gun


  1. Heat up the hot glue gun.
  2. Glue together the felt decoration kit.
  3. Glue the felt decoration to the front of the sweater. I glued ours in various spots along the edge.
  4. Wear the sweater to the next holiday party.


Add embellishments to change it from year to year.

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Did you make this project?

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Mother of 3

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Great idea! My sister makes an ugly sweater/ holiday outfit for her husband for his work and he's won their contest a few years in a row now. I'll have to forward this idea on to her. Pinned.

Diana Rambles

Monday 19th of November 2018

While it's cheap, we pull them out and re-wear each year!


Wednesday 15th of November 2017

What a fun idea, and actually easier than finding a crazy ugly sweater! Everyone’s looking for them this time of year, Goodwill gets sold out!

Diana Rambles

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

The DIY makes it fun too. I'm actually seeing Ugly Sweaters all over in stores now, but this is unique! :D

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Thursday 15th of December 2016

I think I am going to do the Christmas tree, this is awesome!

Diana Rambles

Thursday 15th of December 2016

I love them!

Melissa @ The Staten Island family

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

This is seriously super creative and the price is definitely right! My daughter and her friends are all going to love making their own sweaters!

Diana Rambles

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Fun and frugal!

Dawn Gibson-Thigpen

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

how funnn. i am actually going to a macys ugly sweater party in a few days. i cant wait.

Diana Rambles

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Have a great time!

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