13 Cheap, Easy and Remarkably Ugly Christmas Sweaters You Can Totally Make

updated May 3, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Mr. Kate)

Like the ongoing pumpkin spice latte craze, the ugly sweater trend isn’t going anywhere. Chances are, you will get invited to an ironic Christmas sweater party, and you will be socially shamed if you don’t wear something appropriately ugly. If the thought of spending money on an item you’ll only wear once makes your wallet cry, here are 13 DIY ways to ugly-up an inexpensive thrift store sweater.

(Image credit: Studio DIY)

Leave it to Studio DIY to craft the cutest ugly sweater ever. Crocheting the oh-so adorable lightbulbs is a bit of a time investment, so it’s a good thing the finished project can be worn all season long. My advice: Pair that pullover with these Christmas lights leggings.

(Image credit: Brit & Co.)

An unexpected use for iron-on transfer paper: Making Drake-themed ugly Christmas sweaters for your whole crew. Go to Brit & Co. to watch these sweaters in action.

(Image credit: I Love to Create)

The only thing better than an ugly sweater is a cat-themed ugly sweater. Good news for the not-so-crafty among us: I Love to Create attached the mittens using fabric glue, so you won’t need to scrounge up a needle and thread.

(Image credit: Sew Doggy Style)

Don’t let your pup feel left out this holiday season. Sew Doggy Style shows us how to give a plain dog sweater a little more spirit.

(Image credit: Mr. Kate)

If you know how to wield a hot glue gun, you can make these embellished his-and-hers sweaters from Mr. Kate.

(Image credit: Big Lots)

When you really want to make an entrance, cover an old cardigan in all the tinsel garland, as Big Lots did above.

(Image credit: Buffalo Exchange )

A sweater that doubles as a snack is just plain practical. To make the one above, the Buffalo Exchange freshened up an old red pullover with store-bought cookies, candy canes and tons of tinsel garland.

(Image credit: Hand Make My Day )

This brown fleece vest was just begging to be transformed into some delicious-looking gingerbread. Visit Hand Make My Day to find inspiration for your significant other’s matching ensemble.

(Image credit: BlogHer)

We’re applauding BlogHer‘s use of under-appreciated red rickrack and pleated gingham. The finishing touch: Peruvian ballerina dolls dancing like sugar plum fairies.

(Image credit: Zazzle)

Zazzle proves that sometimes all a ho-hum sweater needs is a little dash of DIY magic.

(Image credit: Craftwhack)

Felt and puff paints are all you need to craft this flawless Frosty from Craftwhack.

(Image credit: I Love to Create)

When you’re ready to tie one on, you’ll be glad you made this spirited sweater. I Love to Create shows how to secure the ties without sewing a single stitch.

(Image credit: The Samantha Show)

The Samantha Show‘s light-up sweater lets you bring that warm magical glow with you wherever you go.

Re-edited from a post originally published 12/5/2016 – DF