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

DIY Ugly Christmas sweater

ugly christmas sweater diy

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.

I felt the overwhelming need to flex my crafty muscles and make my own, so here’s what happened:

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.

tulip glitter products

Here’s what I used:


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

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. 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!

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