As autumn turns to winter and Christmastime approaches, it’s time to take a deep dive into the back of your closet. Forget your cute cardigans or posh pullovers, the name of the game is ugly Christmas sweaters. We all have them. They may be classic gifts given by aunties with the best intentions or they can be a recent purchase. But whatever they are, they are sure to be amazingly awful! Whether you are partying with your friends or at your office, it’s time to let that festive polyester blend take centre stage! Here are some great ugly Christmas sweater party ideas:

DIY Light Up Ugly Christmas Sweater from The Samantha Show

A woman wearing an ugly Christmas sweater with lights
 The Samantha Show

This ugly Christmas sweater takes it to the next level because it includes working lights. Most of the materials can be picked up at the dollar store which includes pom-poms, jingle bells, tinsel, lights, and felt.

There are lots of photos to help you DIY this sweater but you can, of course, add or take away anything to make it truly yours.

Gaudy Garland Christmas Sweater from Big Lots

A woman in an ugly Christmas sweater
Big Lots 

Big Lots has a free ugly sweater Christmas project that will get you a lot of attention at your next holiday party. It takes a cardigan or jacket which you completely cover with garland topped with ornaments and bows. The more the better with this Christmas sweater.

This is an easy DIY project that you can make in just a few hours from start to finish.

A man wearing an ugly Christmas sweater with a snow globe on the front

This is a unique ugly Christmas sweater project like you’ve never seen before. A plastic bowl and some cheap Christmas decorations are used to create a 3D snow globe on the front of the sweater.

Do you have a fur baby who wants an ugly sweater, too? This project even includes a bonus project to make an ugly Christmas sweater for your dog.

A man wearing an ugly Christmas sweater with a tree on it
The Cards We Drew

This ugly Christmas sweater was made for a man but it really can work on anyone, young and old.

A Christmas tree with working lights is made from green garland and colorful ornaments. The tree skirt is the finishing touch and completes the true awfulness of this Christmas sweater.

A child wearing an ugly Christmas sweater in front of a Christmas tree
Amy Latta Creations

Here’s an ugly Christmas sweater that’s designed for a kid but would work for anyone. Amy Letta Creations has come up with this felt Christmas tree sweater that you can make as gaudy as you want.

An added element is the faux Christmas lights that trail along the arms. You could even add real lights if you want to take it to the next level.

A woman wearing an ugly Christmas sweater made out of ties
I Love to Create

This DIY ugly Christmas sweater combines another ugly Christmas tradition, the Christmas tie. The ties are put together to form a Christmas tree with a big bow on the top. You can add as many embellishments as you want to make it even uglier.

This is a simple no-sew project that uses fabric tape or glue to secure all the ties to the sweater.

The Country Chic Cottage 

If you love reindeer, and especially Rudolph, you’re going to love this ugly Christmas sweater project from The Country Chic Cottage.

Brown felt, red pom-poms, and large google eyes are all put together on a sweater to make a bigger than life Rudolph.

A couple wearing matching ugly Christmas sweaters
Biscuits ‘N Crazy

Biscuits ‘N Crazy has come up with this DIY ugly Christmas sweater that’s perfect for a couple. Standing together the sweater forms a scene of Rudolph experiencing a Christmas indulgence gone bad.

Hot glue attaches canvas, felt, and Christmas ornaments to the sweater, making this an easy project that will get you out of the door and to your party in no time.

A pregnant woman wearing a snowman ugly sweater
Creating Really Awesome Fun Things

If you’re looking for a maternity ugly Christmas sweater you can DIY, look no further. This snowman ugly sweater has got you covered.

It uses an old t-shirt, felt, a scarf, a hat, and some twigs to create the look.

An ugly sweater with a grump cat on the front
 Cut Out and Keep

Cut Out and Keep has come up with a Christmas sweater featuring the ever-popular Grumpy Cat and gives directions on how you can make one too.

All you need is a sweater, some felt, and a pom-pom to make the look complete.

A couple wearing ugly Christmas sweaters in front of a Christmas tree
Diana Rambles

Diana Rambles shows you how to take a sweater you already have and add a holiday felt pack to it from a dollar store. It’s a quick project and it’s as cheap as you can get.

There are lots of ways you could change and add to this sweater to make it an original creation by you.

Pair your completely DIYed ugly sweater with an understated bottom (nothing should compete for focus when you’re wearing this creation), and maybe a festive headband or Santa hat. Then you’re ready to head to the nearest holiday party to celebrate in style.

Or, shake things up this December and host your own ugly sweater creation party. Provide plenty of creative craft media and a working glue gun, then encourage your guests to design and create their own couture ugly holiday sweaters to wear all season long. Hot chocolate and holiday cookies make for an extra special night of crafting.

James Deen

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