Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas you Can Buy and DIY

Ugly Sweater Ideas - stack of sweaters

Looking for some ugly Christmas sweater ideas? Well, we’re here to chat about it. Whether you’re going to a party, hanging out with friends, or just want to be silly during the holidays, we’ve got some cool ideas to make your sweater super awesome. And, let’s be honest – they’re not just sweaters; they’re conversation starters, mood lifters, and memory makers.

Let’s first think about what an ugly christmas is. Ugly Christmas sweaters are holiday sweaters that are intentionally designed to look funny or a bit too much. They often have bright colors, funny patterns, and lots of Christmas-related pictures like reindeer, snowmen, or Santa Claus.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

Whether you buy them, make them yourself, or get them as gifts, these sweaters are worn proudly at parties or other events, making everyone laugh and adding a cheerful vibe to the holidays.

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Why DIY your own ugly christmas sweater?

DIY’ing an ugly Christmas sweater is a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your holiday wardrobe. Not only does it let you unleash your creativity by experimenting with colors and embellishments, but it’s also a cost-effective way to stand out at your next Christmas party. Most of these can also be made last minute.

These sweaters can be expensive when you are only wearing them once!

Crafting your own sweater can become a memorable tradition, fun for kids and adults alike, creating lasting memories and fostering a sense of togetherness if done with friends or family.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

No, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to put one of these ugly sweaters together. You don’t even need a sewing machine! But you might want to grab one or more of the following (depending on how you want to add your embellishments:


Here are some things you might need to embellish your ugly sweater.

  • Tinsel
  • Fabric Markers or Fabric Paint
  • Ribbons and Bows and String
  • Jingle Bells
  • Ornaments
  • candy canes
  • Felt (to make cut out characters!)
  • Pom-poms or Cotton Balls (for snowman or snow)
  • Belt (santa!)
  • Battery Operated Lights
  • Solo Cups
  • Stocking

Cotton Ball / Pom Pom Snowman

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Cotton Ball Snowman

Just use some cheap cotton balls (or make your own pom poms) to create a snowman. You can use striped fabric or an old scarf cut to size, and buttons down the middle. Use fabric pens to create a face. You can also just attach a bunch of cotton balls for snow.

Add Lots of tinsel Garland

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Lots of Tinsel

Attach lots of shiny, glittery tinsel to your sweater in no particular pattern. Let it drape off the bottom and sides. The sloppier – the better!

Have fun with Fabric Markers

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Fabric Marker

Think of your favorite Christmas sentiment and draw it on your sweater or sweatshirt.

Sew on a Stocking – just add wine!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Stocking with Wine

Attach a stocking to your sweater with safety pins, hot glue or sew it on, then add goodies or a bottle of wine to the stocking! Make sure it’s on tight so the wine doesn’t fall! 🙂

Attach on a felt Gingerbread Man

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Gingerbread Man

Create your own festive gingerbread sweater. All you need is felt and your creativity! Then, just hot glue or sew it on. The bigger, the better. And you can also use felt to create a christmas tree sweater, reindeer sweater and more. Just cut out and glue!

Add Battery Operated Lights

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Battery Operated Lights

Make a mess of battery operated lights or fairy lights and go hog wild attaching them to your sweater. You can use safety pins.

Glue on Faux Poinsettias

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Poinsettias

Lots of craft stores and dollar stores sell faux poinsettia stems this time of year. Grab a bunch and cut off the stems, then hot glue the flower to the sweater.

Attach Solo Cups

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Solo Cups

Add some red solo cups to your sweater and bring some ping pongs for guests to have fun playing this drinking game with you!

Add tons of Bows

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Lots of Bows

Attach tons and tons of bows to your sweater! More is definitely more here!

Make a Snowman Face with Fabric Markers and Paint

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Snowman Face

Use some fabric paint or pens to draw a giant snowman face on the center of your sweater! You can even make a carrot nose out of felt!

Attach a Faux Wreath

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Faux Wreath

Attach a lightweight, faux wreath to your sweater and then add a ribbon if desired.

Make a Santa Top with a Belt and Faux Fur Trim

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas - Santa Suit

Use faux fur trim and a cheap black belt to create a Santa Suit.

Don’t Want to Make your Own?

Here’s some ugly sweaters you can buy for your next ugly sweater party.

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I hope these ideas gave you some good inspiration!

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