Best DIY Idea of the Season: Make Your Own Ugly Sweater

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ugly christmas sweater diy

I received product and payment via The Blueprint Social  for this post, however, opinions are 100% my own.

Oh, the ugly Christmas sweater. I didn’t really know it was so popular until my step daughter started sporting some last year. She’s got a knack for finding some really good ones. Since then, I’ve seen ugly Christmas sweaters everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.

When I was presented with the opportunity to make an ugly Christmas sweater using Tulip Sparkle products, I jumped all over that action. Usually I’m trying hard to make these lovely, tasteful art and craft projects, but then I get a box full of EVERYTHING SPARKLY and I get to go to town.

Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater? Would you care to make one? It’s truly one of those most fun crafts I’ve made in a while.

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Here’s what I used:

  • 1 thrift store sweater with fancy brass neck buttons
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond
  • Tulip Soft Metallics fabric paint
  • Tulip Matte fabric paint
  • Tulip Glitter Dimensional fabric paint (good pointy tips for writing/drawing)
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets (these are the BOMB)
  • Buttons
  • White and light blue fleece, black and orange felt
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

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First I cut out my main snowman shape from white fleece; I used a dinner plate for his head and free-handed the half-circle for his body. I glued these down, as well as his felt hat, with Aleene’s tacky glue. (love that stuff, and you’re practically required to use tacky glue when you’re making an ugly Christmas sweater.)

the making of an ugly sweater!

Next, I glued down the buttons and the nose.

I drew a scarf on some tracing paper, so I could make up a neck area for the neck-less snowman, and cut that out of fleece.


I decorated the scarf and hat and around the snowman with the Tulip glitter dimensional fabric paint. If you haven’t used this before, test a little out on some scrap to get a feel for how it flows out of the tube. It’s fun if you test some on your husband’s favorite hoodie.

Then I stepped back and took a gaze at my sweater and determined that it didn’t have NEARLY enough sparkle. I used the small tube of Tulip fashion glitter bond on the buttons and sprinkled glitter on them. I watered down some Aleene’s a bit and sponge-brushed it onto the hat and sprinkled blue glitter all over that.

Here is my glitter-in-the-sunlight shot, before I dumped off the extra blue glitter. Is it not glorious?


I decided ahead of time that I HAD to use this next product they sent to me: it’s this uber-glittery iron on fabricky stuff, and it’s so cool. You can cut it or use a punch on it, and then just iron it on to most fabrics (don’t bother trying it on fleece, nothing works on fleece.)

I used my hole punch and ironed green and gold fabulousness onto my sweater to give it that final je ne sais quoi.

DIY ugly Christmas sweater project

And then came the fashion show. I’m lucky my step son has a good sense of humor, because he rocked that sweater. He’s even keeping it to wear to school for the week before Christmas. And don’t you think the ladies will be all over him?  You bet they will.

ugly christmas sweaters are cool

DIY Ugly Christmas sweater

DIY Ugly Christmas sweater

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I received product and payment via The Blueprint Social  for this post, however, opinions are 100% my own.




  1. 11/11/2014 / 7:21 am

    And the fact that he can say his step-mother made it for him – has to be the frosting on the cake. I never thought of making one myself…I still have so many in my closet from when they were “festive” holiday sweaters. Yours is lovely, in that beautiful, over the top kind of way!

    • 11/11/2014 / 11:06 am

      Oh, you have REAL ONES?! That’s wonderful. I can think of a pretty fantastic sweater I had as a teenager that I wish I still had.

  2. 11/11/2014 / 8:46 am

    A hole punch is such a good idea for the sheets! And he did a seriously great job modeling, he’s a regular fashion blogger 🙂

    • 11/11/2014 / 11:05 am

      Ha! I’ll tell him- my husband and I had fun art directing him while tons of cars drove by, gawking at us. 🙂

  3. 11/11/2014 / 10:29 pm

    Nice “blue steel” look there, kid! And I freaking love this idea.

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