If you’re attending an ugly Chrsitmas sweater party this year, this list of DIY ugly Christmas sweaters has your back! (Pun intended!) This list covers everything from DIY couples ugly christmas sweaters all the way to tacky tacky Christmas sweaters for dogs and babies. It’s also fair to note that some of these take the ugly sweater idea take to the next level and are more like full body Christmas costume craziness!
DIY ugly Christmas sweater dresses
Why wear a simple sweater when you can wear an ugly Christmas sweater dress? And by dress, I really mean full body Christmas costume insanity. This list has 23 ugly Chrsitmas sweater ideas that are sure to inspire you!
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1. Candy Cane Dress
This ugly Christmas sweater dress is ridiculously awesome and easy to make. All you need is a red dress, white Duck tape, and a DIY candy cane headband.
2. Chrsitmas Tree Dresses
Green dresses, christmas lights, ornaments plus red ribbon tied around your waist equals the cutest Christmas tree dresses. Add red and white striped candy cane tights for extra flair or see #3 for the ultimate Christmas tree dress idea!
3. Ultimate Christmas tree dress
This is the ultimate interactive, full body Christmas tree dress with a star topper and all. Just add a mini hula hoop to the bottom of an over sized sweatshirt and be sure to attach your garland so that when you raise your arms it perfectly twirls around the tree! Oh and Christmas light earrings are a must. (Awesome deal on light up light bulb earrings here!) If you don’t have time to DIY, this Christmas tree tulle skirt or Christmas tree dress are both pretty epic!
4. Present dress
Come dressed to the party in the presence! Or uh… present! Find the full tutorial at Crazy in Crafts.
5. Christmas tree skirts
Cassie is the genius that turned a Christmas tree skirt into a human skirt! How fun is that? She has a complete tutorial on her blog Cassie Stephens. No time to DIY? This Christmas tree skirt plus ornaments is awesome!
Couples ugly christmas sweaters
The only thing better than homemade ugly christmas sweaters are DIY couples ugly Christmas sweaters, ha! Here is a list of 8 genius tacky sweaters you can wear in pairs!
6. The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Koniecznys crafted up the cutest couples ugly Chrsitmas sweaters using the well known song, The twelve Days of Chrsitmas. The partridge in a pear tree is as simple as pears glued to a green sweater. The 5 golden rings is literally the easiest ugly sweater costume around, add 1 golden ring to each of your 5 fingers and voila!
7. Punny Wreaths
Win the ugly Chrsitmas sweater contest with this punny idea! Becky and Sarah crafted famous people wreathe in honor of the ugly Chrsitmas sweater tradition. Emily whipped up “A-wreath-a Franklin” and Sarah is wearing “Wreath Witherspoon”! How much more awesome does it get?
8. Photo booth set up elves
This tacky Christmas sweater couples costume wins most elaborate and useful! One person wears a cape that doubled as a naughty/ nice backdrop. The other person wears the photo booth props clipped to their suspenders. Just in case your wondering, ugly Christmas sweater photo booth props include a bag of coal, Merry Christmas signs, Santa hats, candy canes, and mistletoe.
9. Leg Lamp and Ralphie costumes
These leg lamp and Ralphie costume go above and beyond your average tacky Christmas sweater. These are full body Christmas costumes! The leg lamp is a fairly simple costume. The essential elements are a lampshade and black net panty hose. (Or save a lot of time, and grab the leg lamp costume on Amazon!) As for Ralphie, save yourself the sewing and get the costume on Amazon!
10. Christmas “Wrappers”
Cute and clever, I personally love this Christmas costume idea crafted by the Bryans! Gold chains, big sunglasses, and a fur coat ensure you win the Christmas “Wrapping” award!
11. Chimney and fireplace ugly sweaters
This fireplace took it up a notch with an iPad! His chimney spouse did an amazing job too with her cardboard box, red bricked chimney!
12. Mantle and fire ugly sweaters
Amanda whipped up this set of ugly Christmas sweaters and I love it! A simple red sweat shirt gets a brick pattern makeover with white fabric paint, then deck the halls with stockings and tinsel! The fire sweater could be made using fabric paint or felt or skip the craft and buy this awesome fire t-shirt!
13. BFF reindeer ugly Sweater
This ugly sweater idea is perfect for you and your bestie. Cut a large reindeer out of felt and use white gloves as antlers. Just promise me you won’t fight over who gets the head and who gets the butt of this reindeer Christmas sweater masterpiece.
Homemade Tacky Chrsitmas Sweaters
These are the tackiest, ugliest DIY Chrsitmas sweaters and will win you all the ugly Christmas sweater contests! Gather your supplies, cue the Christmas tunes, and let’s make the best ugly Christmas sweater the internet has ever seen.
14. 3D Rudolph
I don’t know why everyone doesn’t just attach a giant stuffed Rudolph to make their ugly Chrsitmas sweater. This is amazing! I also love the ribbon striped sleeves, and the ornament background with a jingle bell trim.
15. Full body reindeer
The key elements to the full body reindeer sweater is pant hose and a giant red nose. This Christmas costume is sure to win you a prize!
16. Jingle my bells and feel the joy tacky sweaters
These homemade tacky Christmas sweaters win the most inappropriate but hilarious set! You can find this ugly Christmas sweater set for sale on Etsy at Static Threads! Consider DIYing these ugly sweaters with iron on felt letters and a hot glue gun. Plus all the red bows, pom poms, and tinsel you can get your hands on!
17. Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Poor Grandma! This Christmas sweater is so clever! The key to this DIY ugly sweater costume is reindeer paws, Grandma accessories, and nature!
Maternity Ugly Christmas Sweaters
18. Pregnant snowman
The baby snowman’s twig arms and carrot nose are busting out of mommy’s belly! Ahh!
19. Giant ornament ugly sweater
Jamie used iron on shimmer sheets and fabric paint to whip together this pregnant ugly Christmas sweater in an afternoon! (Here are the iron on shimmer sheets on Amazon!)
20. Pregnant Reindeer Christmas sweater
Rudolph’s nose accurately describes what happens to my belly button while pregnant! If it gives you any hope, mine did turn back into an innie after baby. For more details, check out Running with Scissors.
Baby & Dog Ugly Christmas sweaters
Babies need ugly sweaters too! Bonus points if they match their parents!
21. Baby’s first Ugly Chrsitmas Sweater
Don’t forget baby at the Chrsitmas party! I love how Katy applied iron glitter sheets to solid color hooded sweatshirt for a festive look. For the complete tutorial, hope on over to Sew Woodsy.
22. Simple Rudolph Sweater
Not only this ugly sweater adorable, but could potentially really be made by kids! I love that Maggy used gold tape for the antlers and the giant red pom pom nose. Secure the pom pom and felt eyes with with safety pins and you’ve got your self an easy, adorable ugly sweater that can be easily in decorated and used again. See the complete tutorial at Red Ted Art.
23. DIY dog Christmas tree sweater
And last but not least, hop on over to The Broke Dog for the complete instructions on this cute homemade ugly Christmas sweater for your pup!
Which ugly Chrsitmas sweater is your favorite? I’d love to hear…
Comments & Reviews
17 is my favorite, what fun.
Onerva Kari says
Such a fun party idea…still trying to decide if I want to host one this year!
Jamie Dorobek says
Do it! 🙂