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15 Totally Unique DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

In Ugly Sweater Ideas by Caleb

The holiday season brings quite a few surprises for everyone.

However, a few things remain constant every year.

Regardless of how old you are and how you normally celebrate Christmas, there are a few things that never go out of style. A unique Ugly Christmas Sweater is just one of them.

The best part is you can wear this contemporary sweater on various occasions and events. Whether it is a game day, a night out with friends, or a holiday party, your ugly Christmas sweater will add a zing to all your outfits.

However, you do not have to settle for the last-minute sale to buy multiple ugly Christmas sweaters.  Unless you have at least a couple days less and decide DIY takes too much time.  Then, we recommend checking out the huge selection of Ugly Sweaters on Amazon.

Should you decide to use your creativity to create a beautiful DIY ugly Christmas sweater then you need only a few accessories, and the entire process is fairly easy.

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How to Create DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters?

Designing your unique festive ugly Christmas sweater is easier than you think. You do not have to ruin an expensive or your favorite pullover sweater. Just take out any plain old boring sweater from your wardrobe and turn it into a contemporary and chic ugly Christmas Sweater. There are endless ways to make your sweater look beautiful. From using glitter to fabric paint and even stockings, you can style your sweater just the way you like it for designing out-of-the-box ugly Christmas sweaters.

Some people like to fill the stockings with candy to offer everyone at the party.

15 Totally Unique DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

There is an infinite number of ways to create your DIY ugly Christmas Sweater. You can design a unisex cardigan/sweater or create a few items for your husband or kids.

Here are 15 of the most unique DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater ideas.

  1. Let it, Snow
  2. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  3. Christmas Tree
  4. Make a List
  5. Jingle All the Way
  6. Bright and Merry
  7. Frosty the Snowman
  8. Pocket Surprise
  9. Bow Out
  10. Glittery Sweater
  11. For Couples
  12. Santa Surprise
  13. Santa’s Pack
  14. Add a stocking
  15. Poinsettia Power
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1. Let it, Snow

Christmas and snow are inseparable. Why not cover your sweater with painted winter scenes, silver glitter, or cotton balls (Amazon) for a beautiful effect?

…or, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan check out this Let It Snow (John Snow) Ugly Sweater on Amazon!

2. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Popularly known as ‘Santa’s ninth reindeer,’ Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer will give your ugly Christmas a timeless charm to your sweater. The beautiful antlers and large googly eyes, along with a battery-powered red nose will make your sweater the talk of the party.

If you’re looking for a jump start to the costume check out this Rudolph Costume Kit on Amazon.

3. Christmas Tree

What is a Christmas sweater without a Christmas tree? If you do not have a Christmas tree sweater, you can use your mom’s old sweater from the ’90s to draw a big green tree with beautiful branches. 

Do not forget to decorate those branches with dangling ornaments, bright tinsel garland (link to Amazon) or lights to add more glam.


4. Make a List

Who doesn’t like to make and check-off lists? You can make a list of things you want to do on an ugly Christmas sweater party and check them off throughout the event. 

Probably the easiest way to pull off this costume is to get something like easel paper that already has the lines in it and use laundry pins.  Write names of other guests attending the party on the list before you!

5. Jingle All the Way

This sweater lets you make a grand entrance. Make some noise and receive cheers every time you make your way to a party wearing your jingle bells ugly Christmas sweater.

We recommending going big!  Get way more than a reasonable amount of bells and tie or pin them to your costume.  You can get bags of bells with string on Amazon and find an old sweater and go to town!

6. Bright and Merry

Light up the surroundings with your battery-powered sweater. You can decorate your sweater using LED lights that are safe to wear.

For this you’ll want something like a battery powered LED light kit (Amazon).  Wrap it around your ugly sweater or use clothes pins to tie it down and make your sweater even uglier!

7. Frosty the Snowman

That’s a great design for your kids. You can cut and paste large circles of cotton or white felt to make the body. Go creative with the eyes, and don’t forget to add a cozy scarf and top hot. You can use unique materials for making that large carrot-shaped nose.

We recommend heavyweight construction paper (Amazon) that you can cut into circles and run string or fasteners through to go around the body or tie to clothing.  

8. Pocket Surprise

Be everyone’s favorite uncle or aunt by adding multiple pockets to your ugly Christmas sweater. Fill up these pockets with all sorts of Christmas goodies, gifts, and chocolates to entertain children and guests of all ages.

For the material, you can cut it off of old clothes or use something as simple as denim jean patches (Amazon) and random colored thread.  

9. Bow Out

Use ribbons of all sizes and colors to cover your sweater in lots of bows. You can add some stockings to hold gifts for everyone.  Classic red bows are always great but after scouring options on Amazon we found curly bows that we think would be just perfect and way more ugly!

10. Glittery Sweater

Add glitter to make your ugly Christmas sweater shine. You can use gold, green, red, and glitter fabric paint (Amazon) to create an exclusive sweater.

11. For Couples

Mr. and Mrs. ugly Christmas sweaters never go out of style. Go for a design that takes two pieces, such as a picture or a quote.

12. Santa Surprise

Give a new look to your plan boring sweater by adding a quirky Santa image. Since there are endless ways to draw this legendary character, Santa Claus never ceases to surprise us. Whether he is poking out of a fireplace or riding his sleigh across the winter sky, you can create an attractive ugly Christmas sweater for everyone in the family.

13. Santa’s Pack

Use a drawstring to attach a large sack to the sweater. Fill it with candy canes, boxes, and ribbons spilling out.

14. Add a stocking

Secure a stocking to your ugly Christmas sweater and fill with candy and gifts.

15. Poinsettia Power

You can easily find fake ones at your local craft store. Create a powerful statement by using a combo of different sizes of Poinsettia and gold glitter. 

Bonus Ideas

1. Christmas Cheer

Do you have an old Christmas family photo that you never liked? You can also use an old postcard to draw it on your Christmas sweater. If you’re not good at drawing, find a few family photos and postcards and glue these on your sweater to create a nice ugly Christmas Sweater.

2. Christmas Stamp

Design a sweater based on a favorite holiday stamp. You can also create an envelope that opens and closes to add more fun to your sweater.

3. Christmas Mouse

Draw or sketch a cute Christmas mouse carrying off treats or presents. That’s a great design for your kids.

4. Gingerbread Sweater

The unique character is perfect for turning any boring sweater to an exciting winter accessory. You can color it using glitter fabric paint or add some lights to let your gingerbread man shine.

5. Flip Sequins Sweater

Flip the sequins to create a unique ugly Christmas sweater. Another interesting way to use sequins is to glue Sequin Appliqué Motifs to your sweater.

4. Construction Paper Tree

Tired of painting or drawing a Christmas tree on your sweaters? There’s another way to create the Christmas magic by using construction paper. Cut out a tree from a construction paper sheet and decorate it using different embellishments.

5. Kitten Ugly Christmas Sweater

That’s a must-have design for all cat lovers. The adorable sweater is great for all cat owners who are attending an event with their pets. Use fabric or glitter paint to let your cats steal the spotlight.

6. For Kids

Allowing your children to create their own ugly Christmas sweaters is a great way to keep them busy throughout the holiday season. Let their creative juices flowing, and you will be amazed to see the ideas they suggest. Don’t forget to provide them children-safe scissors and materials to make sure they don’t get hurt.

7. Full of Patches

That’s a nice idea for all those knitting enthusiasts out there. Combine shiny gold yarn with sequined ornament patches to produce a show-stopping ugly Christmas sweater so you can rock at your next holiday party.

8. Painted Snowman

Draw a whimsical snowman and use fabric paint to make it look more contemporary. Add ornaments or snowflakes to add a festive touch.

We all remember our favorite characters from 80’s sit-coms wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. During the 1980s, brands produced Christmas sweaters in large quantities under the name of ‘jingle bell sweaters.’ Today, they are popular as ugly Christmas sweaters.

9. Design Your Patterns

The beauty of DIY sweaters is that you can draw, paint, pin, sew, glue, and attach anything that you can get your hands on to make your creation look unique. Garlands, ornaments, lights, ribbons, pockets, stockings; you will never run out of ideas when you are creating your DIY ugly Christmas sweaters.

Create Your DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly sweater parties and the National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day are now incredibly popular. However, you don’t have to ask your grandma or mom to scour the racks for finding sweaters with bells or Santa hats. You can buy a trendy ugly Christmas sweater or invest some time and effort into making a DIY sweater.

You can spot today’s hottest celebrities sporting their favorite ugly Christmas sweater during the holiday seasons. When we look at the popularity of these cool clothing items, it is easy to see why everyone likes to buy ugly Christmas sweaters. However, if you want a sweater to create your signature look or profess your love for something (your pets, favorite NFL team, or Star Wars character), don’t hesitate to make your own ugly Christmas sweater.

What Is an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party?

What could be a more fun way to flaunt your creative skills than wearing your creation on an ugly sweater Christmas party? As the name suggests, this type of party is a Christmas party where the guests and hosts wear an inventive and unique Christmas sweater. This event offers just another reason to dress up and mingle with your friends and family during the festive season.

Guests use fun elements to decorate their sweaters. From lights to bells and everything else, there is nothing that looks bad on your ugly Christmas sweater.

No matter where you wear your ugly Christmas sweater, you can accessorize with other items such as a watch, jewelry, or anything that adds the perfect touch of flair to your look. You can design unique Christmas sweaters for everyone in the family. Your kids will love wearing these beautiful and vibrant sweaters because they are anything but boring.


It is natural to start thinking about the perfect ugly Christmas sweater as soon as the holiday season arrives. While it is understandable why you would want to purchase a contemporary and digital print ugly Christmas sweater to rock the party, some of us like showing-off our creativity and signature style.

Gone are the days when you had to resort to your boring sweater collection at Christmas.

Today, you can incorporate not just fun but hi-tech features to your ugly Christmas Sweater, so all your sweaters look different. Now, that is a great way to build a large collection of accessories to layer up during the holiday season. Your sweaters look cool and chic with features such as lights, blue-tooth compatibility, and even interactive games.

However, your ugly Christmas sweater does not always have to be fancy. You can stick to a simple pattern or just a few colors to make a great-looking homemade ugly Christmas sweater.

What Do You Need?

Do not panic. You do not need tons of objects to create a fabulous sweater to make you stand out. Not only this winter clothing staple takes just basic objects, but also you are likely to find most of these required objects within your house.

Get into the holiday spirit this year and embark on one of our DIY projects to sport a unique look to impress your loved ones. You can also make a few of these sweaters to gift your friends and relatives.

Typically, you will need a few or all of these items:

  • old oversized sweater
  • thread and embroidery needle
  • The glitter of your choice
  • fabric glue sticks and a hot glue gun
  • holiday embellishments such as pom-poms, bows, bells, mini stockings, etc


  • Brainstorm ideas and plan out a design that you want to draw on your sweater
  • Use the hot glue gun to paste larger objects such as stockings or bows
  • You will need to sew small items such as mini ornaments or bells with the help of thread and the embroidery needle.
  • Use fabric paint wherever required
  • Rock your very own ugly Christmas sweater with pride!
  • Add your desired dose of glitter to add finishing touches

Final Thoughts

While today’s brands and retailers continue to produce superior-quality designs, creating a DIY ugly Christmas sweater is the best way to portray your signature style.

Now that you know there are so many ways of designing and creating a DIY ugly Christmas sweater, you can create your unique design, using a few objects and materials. The best part is you can design these sweaters for everyone in your home, so your family stands out in an event.