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Ugly Christmas sweater parties and contests have become a common Christmas tradition among families and workplaces all over the world, so there’s a good chance you’ll be invited to one this year. While you could always just pick up an old ugly sweater at your local thrift store, here are four great DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas for those who want to take it to the next level.
Utilize your extra wrapping paper and ribbon
Do you have extra wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons left over from wrapping up this year’s Christmas presents? Fasten these to your sweater of choice to make yourself look like a wrapped-up present for a simple but memorable DIY ugly Christmas sweater.
With a bow on your head and a sweater covered in wrapping paper and ribbon, you could turn your ugly Christmas sweater into a full-on Halloween costume. Don’t forget to add a tag showing that the gift is from Santa Claus.
Tacky snow effects
A great way to add tacky snow effects to any ugly Christmas sweater is with cotton balls or even the stuffing from a cotton-filled pillow if you have an old one lying around. To keep this from looking too uniform, pull cotton balls apart to create all sorts of organic shapes. These work well for clouds as well to fill the sky of any of your overly detailed Christmas sweater scenes.
Make a felt snowman
For a DIY ugly sweater project that’ll take you back to your elementary school days, try making a snowman out of felt or other fabric to fasten to your sweater. Cut out three circles of varying sizes for the head and body of the snowman, then sew them on with a needle and thread or a sewing machine.
Next is the fun part. Give the snowman arms, legs, buttons, a face, and clothing with whatever you can find lying around. You could even try using sticks and a real carrot for the arms and nose of the snowman to add an extra ugly three-dimensional layer. Add snow with cotton balls around the base of the snowman using the earlier method.
Christmas lights ugly sweater
If you want to really take your tacky Christmas sweater to the next level, there’s nothing better than adding real, functional Christmas lights. You won’t be able to use your standard Christmas lights for this. Look for battery-operated ones with a battery pack you can hang on your belt or put in your pocket. Fix the lights to your sweater with hot glue, and you’re ready to make a statement at your ugly Christmas sweater party.
To turn this into a full-on Christmas tree costume, choose a green sweater, preferably one with some texture. Add some tinsel or even a few Christmas ornaments or candy canes hot glued on. For bonus points, if you want to really go over the top, add a Christmas tree topper like a star or angel to your hat or headband.