How to Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater (Watch Video)

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Its that time of the year for holiday parties and gatherings! Time to get your holiday attire out of the back of the closet to get ready for your neighbor’s famous Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or Tacky Christmas Sweater Party that everyone loves to attend. You’ve worn the same sweater for a few years now and really want to change it up! Now, finding an ugly sweater has gotten easier the past few years since these types of gatherings have gotten more popular but who wants to spend $40 to $50 on a sweater you are only going to wear one time and its ugly! Not me!

Now if you’re cool with spending that kind of money and don’t have the time to invest in making a sweater, then there are some pretty funny ones from Tipsy Elves.

If you do have the time, then you can make your own ugly Christmas tree sweater and pretty close to this exact same one from Tipsey Elves for far less money! You will need a plain green sweater to get started. If you don’t have a plain green sweater in your closet that you no longer wear, then just hit up your local Goodwill. They will have plenty to choose from for less than $5. I can guarantee you it will be much more hilarious and tackier doing it your own! Plus, you can add whatever else you want to it to make it more personal.

Check out your local craft or dollar store for these items. They will be sure to have them!

Here are the items you will need to get started:

• Plain green sweater that fits you

• White large and small pom pom balls

• Gold or Silver garland

• Small red ball ornaments

• Glue gun (be extra careful glue guns are VERY hot)

• Glue sticks

• A Star


1. Lay the sweater on a flat surface.

2. A good idea is to lay everything out how you want it to look before actually gluing anything on. This will give you a better idea where everything should go as you start to glue.

3. Using your hot glue gun glue the garland around each arm first. You will have to measure what you need and cut appropriately.

4. Glue the garland on the front of the sweater like you’re draping it on a tree. Start at the top and work your way down. (If you feel inclined then do the back of the sweater but I don’t think its necessary just more work for you).

5. Glue the white pom poms in various places on your sweater including the sleeves.

6. Glue the red ball ornaments in various places on the front of your sweater including your sleeves. I do recommend putting them on the back as they could break when you sit back on lean back.

7. Allow your sweater to completely dry.

8. Put your sweater on! Holding your star hold up your arms over your head in a point. You are now officially a Christmas tree.

If you want to get extra crafty you can always add string lights that are battery operated. Get plain white bulbs or multi-colored ones to stand out even more!

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Content Creator for Wardrobe Hackers

Erin is a fashion enthusiast, all-around craftsy girl, marketer, and devoted mom. She’s been with Wardrobe Hackers since day 1, as the author and “star” of our very first blog post and Youtube video. Before joining Wardrobe Hackers, Erin had her own custom wreath-making business (Front Door Décor) and prior to that, she managed key accounts with Enterprise. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two young girls and a beagle that sheds (a lot!).


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