10 DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters for the Holidays

DIY ugly Christmas Sweater

Sweater season is in full swing and it’s bigger than ever. With ugly sweater contests at work and at kids’ and virtual parties, it’s likely that you’ll be wearing one of these faux pas fashion statements soon. But you’ll re-consider buying one and opt for crafting one yourself once you see our ideas for 10 festive, creative and cheesy DIY ugly Christmas sweaters for the holidays.

1. Dollar Store Ugly Christmas Sweater (Exclusive to The Good Stuff!)

Dollar Store Ugly Christmas Sweater


  • Glue gun
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Christmas decorations


Swing by your local Dollar General and buy a strand of sparkly garland  and a pack of mini ornaments. Lay the garland back and forth across the front of the sweater and attach the mini ornaments to it. Line the cuffs with the garland for extra flair.

2. Easy-to-Make Snowman Sweater

Easy-to-Make Snowman SweaterSource: Tiny Sidekick

Kids can help create this sweater with sharpies and puffy paint. You can use glitter iron-on transfer sheets to help make the ornaments pop.

3. Barbie Ugly Christmas Sweater

Barbie Ugly Christmas SweaterSource: Snappy Pixels

Raid the toy drawer for inspiration for this DIY ugly Christmas sweater. Trim the sweater with tinsel garland, glue on a few pom poms and add a Barbie doll.

4. Rudolph the Reindeer Ugly Sweater

Rudolph the Reindeer Ugly SweaterSource: The Country Chic Cottage

Rock the ugly Christmas sweater competition with a Rudolph sweater. Felt, reindeer antlers, pompoms and a set of large eyes are all you need to turn your plain sweater into a reindeer ugly sweater.

5. Ugly Tie Sweater

Ugly Tie SweaterSource: iLoveToCreate Blog 

Buy a few novelty ties at the local discount store and create a one of kind ugly sweater. Embellish with ribbon and bling.

6. Dog Sweater Vest

Dog Sweater VestSource: Sew Doggy Style 

Dog’s want in on the ugly sweater fun too! Cut out shapes from felt and use fabric glue to adhere them to a dog vest or sweater.

7. Couple’s Ugly Sweater

Couple’s Ugly SweaterSource: All Free Holiday Crafts

Pair up and stand out in the contest with a Reindeer Couple Ugly Sweater set.

8. Baby’s First Ugly Sweater

Baby’s First Ugly SweaterSource: Sew Woodsy 

Your babies will set trends in the nursery with their own custom ugly Christmas sweater.

9. Matching Family

Matching FamilySource: Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

Make it a family affair and create a set of matching ugly sweaters adorned with a colossal candy cane. Even the family’s beloved teddy bear is dressed for the occasion.

10. Stuffed Animal Ugly Sweater

Stuffed Animal Ugly SweaterSource: Examiner 

Bring a friend to the party with this ugly sweater stuffed animal addition. Cut apart a stuffed animal and glue it to the front of a sweater and you’re all done.


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