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Ugly Christmas Sweaters & How To Make One

Updated on November 24, 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters are fun to wear during the winter holidays and there are plenty of places to find one. But the ugliest sweater you will see is the one you make yourself. It is easy to make an ugly Christmas sweater using materials you have around the house...so pull an old sweater out of your dresser and start looking around for embellishments to decorate it with. Get ready to have some homemade holiday fun!

If you are really into these ugly sweaters around the holidays, or just really love to have parties, you can even plan your own Ugly Christmas Sweater party. You can find lots of ugly decorative sweater ideas and Ugly Christmas Sweater party ideas, games, and even some printable party decorations and invitations.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Supply List - Materials You Will Need

The supplies you will need to make an Ugly Christmas sweater are:

  • An old sweater or sweater vest
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Needle and thread
  • Christmas decorations in the theme you've decided on

Find An Ugly Christmas Sweater Theme

Look At Ugly Christmas Sweaters For Sale

Check out Ugly Christmas Sweaters at stores and get some funny ideas to decorate your holiday sweater. You can find many outlets for these unattractive and funny sweaters just like the link up above. It will take you to an online store that sells hundreds of different ugly sweater designs. And then take a look at the prices - these ugly sweaters are not cheap! But don't give price a second thought because your Christmas sweater is going to be really ugly and it's also going to be cheap since you are going to use an old sweater and decorations you already have at home.

You can also search your local thrift or consignment shops for ugly Christmas sweaters. These little shops usually have a large assortment of sweaters, so you might be able to find something cheap.

You can also try Ebay...they usually have a large assortment of ugly Christmas sweaters - they might not be new, but they will be less expensive than buying a new one.

Find The Ugliest Christmas Sweater Ever!

Christmas Food Ugly Sweater Idea

One simple idea for an Ugly Christmas sweater is to glue or wire Christmas food labels to your old sweater. A quart of Eggnog, candy canes, a Christmas pudding wrapper, a bag of Gewürz Spekulatius cookies, a Gingerbread House box, to name just a few. We will get further into the list of great holiday foods and treats you can attach to your sweater to ugly it up. This is a pretty simple theme to decorate your sweater with since you will likely have some of these items on hand to serve during the holiday season...or your parent's might have them. Be sure to ask ahead of time for your family and friends to save you the wrappings on these classic holiday food items.

You can turn any sweater into an Ugly Christmas sweater
You can turn any sweater into an Ugly Christmas sweater | Source

Holiday Decorations Make Ugly Sweaters Ugly!

Go up to the attic and dig into a box of old Christmas ornaments. Look for garland, lights, ornaments, any trimmings for a Christmas tree or house can be put on an old sweater to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. Come on, use your imagination. The sweater you are making is supposed to be ugly, dress it up, glue ornaments and garland on, make it as gaudy as you can to win that ugly sweater contest they are having at work or at your friends ugly sweater party...that's right, these hysterically ugly sweaters are now a holiday party theme!

Really Awesome Costumes has some easy to make Ugly Sweater ideas
Really Awesome Costumes has some easy to make Ugly Sweater ideas | Source

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Is December 16, 2016! This wacky holiday falls on the 3rd Friday of December.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Themes

What's your favorite thing about the holidays? Then decorate your ugly Christmas sweater using that idea or choose from one of the many sweater themes I've listed below...

  • Angels
  • Bows
  • Christmas Balls
  • Christmas Tree
  • Darth Vader
  • Dinosaurs
  • Disney Characters
  • Dolphins
  • Elves
  • Family
  • Food
  • Fruit Cake
  • Garland
  • Gifts
  • Grinch
  • Hearts
  • Ho Ho Ho
  • Icicles
  • Manatees
  • Menorah (that's right!)
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Mittens
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • North Pole
  • Nutcracker
  • Presents
  • Reindeer
  • Santa Claus
  • Sasquacth/Yeti
  • Sloths
  • Snowflakes
  • Snowmen & Snow Women
  • Unicorn
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Wreaths
  • Yellow Snow
  • Zombie

Okay, as you can see from the Ugly Sweater theme list you can decorate your sweater any way you like! Nothing is off limits, since it's supposed to be an ugly, ugly sweater with some kind of holiday theme.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

Do It Yourself ideas to help you make an Ugly Christmas sweater can be found at Creating Really Awesome Fun Things
Do It Yourself ideas to help you make an Ugly Christmas sweater can be found at Creating Really Awesome Fun Things | Source

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Yes, it seems there is a holiday for just about everything these days. And of course, that holiday list includes National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

Start your holiday fun with an ugly sweater and celebrate this wacky and new holiday. It falls on the third Friday of December each year. What exactly is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day? It's the day when you can have some fun wearing the ugliest or funniest Christmas you own. You can buy an ugly sweater or you can really get into the spirit of this holiday by making your very own ugly sweater.

Just imagine the laughs you are going to spread at work or school when everyone sees your ugly sweater. Spread the holiday joy around by dressing up in a sweater you would not usually wear ... anywhere!

2016 - December 16

2017 - December 15

2018 - December 21

2019 - December 20

2020 - December 18

According to the website I found for this strange and fun holiday there are three steps to participating in this day.

  1. Buy or make an ugly Christmas sweater
  2. Wear your sweater all day long
  3. Share this holiday with your friends and encourage them to wear ugly sweaters too!

DIY Easy Ugly Christmas Sweaters! | TOGETHER Sweater | 8th Day of Christmas

Watching these videos makes me realize how some people really put a lot of effort into designing and making their own, very unique, ugly sweaters. It looks like fun!

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters | Easy & Affordable!

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater?!

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables

Catch My Party has some free Ugly Sweater Party Printables for you
Catch My Party has some free Ugly Sweater Party Printables for you | Source

Ugly Sweater Party Printables

Not only can you find ugly sweaters online, you can also find free printables to help host and decorate your home or office for your ugly sweater party. Send out these free printable party invitations so everyone knows your party theme - yep those horrific decorated sweaters. Let your guests (or co-workers) know that there is going to be a contest to see who's sweater is the ugliest or the most creative...you get to decide what the winning categories will be.

Free Tacky Christmas Sweater Party Invitations

This Pug Life has free, printable Tacky Sweater Party invitations to help you host your holiday party.
This Pug Life has free, printable Tacky Sweater Party invitations to help you host your holiday party. | Source

The Tacky Christmas Sweater Party Invitation

Here's a cute and free party invitation for you to use. It will announce the Tacky Christmas Sweater party theme to everyone you send it to. Print it out and send it to everyone on your guest list.

What Is Your Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater Theme?

What's Your Favorite Theme For An Ugly Christmas Sweater?

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Easy DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

Easy Ugly Christmas Sweaters & Party Ideas

As you can see, it's not only fun, it's easy to make your own Ugly Christmas sweater! It is also fun to enter an Ugly Christmas sweater contest or go to a party with this Crazy Sweater theme.

If you are thinking about hosting a holiday party this year, why not choose the Ugly Christmas sweater theme to bring an extra bit of fun and cheer to your holiday party guests. It's easy and fun, in fact, you will find free printable Ugly Christmas sweater invitations and decorations, along with lots of fun party ideas to match this festive holiday theme.

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