DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater (That’s Actually Kind of Cute!)

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It’s that time of the year again โ€“ the season of joy, festivities, and, of course, ugly Christmas sweaters! But who says they have to be truly “ugly”? Let’s turn tradition on its head and create a DIY Christmas sweater that’s not only festive but also downright cute. In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you how to transform a simple white V-neck long sleeve t-shirt from Amazon into a holiday masterpiece using colorful pom-poms from the dollar store and trusty Gorilla hot glue.

Make an easy DIY ugly Christmas sweater with a white v-neck sweater, pom-poms and hot glue.
Photo by Tracey Jazmin

The Ugly Sweater Christmas Party is still a popular event, so if you want to make a DIY version, I love this simple idea! When I saw some colorful pom-poms at Dollarama, I knew they’d be perfect for creating an ugly sweater… that’s kind of cute too!

Video Tutorial

Watch the video below to learn how to make this simple DIY ugly Christmas sweater:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. White V-neck long sleeve t-shirt, sweatshirt or cardigan (I used this shirt from Amazon, or thrift stores are a wonderful place to find shirts for this project)
  2. Colorful pom-poms (Dollar store โ€“ because budget-friendly is our style!)
  3. Gorilla hot glue โ€“ it works great on fabric (or use regular fabric glue)
  4. hot glue gun
  5. piece of cardstock paper

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Get your hands on a plain white V-neck long sleeve t-shirt. The beauty of starting with a simple base is that you can let your creativity shine.

Step 2: Grab Your Pom-Poms

Head to the dollar store and pick up an assortment of colorful pom-poms. The more variety, the better โ€“ we’re going for a festive explosion of colors!

Step 3: Plan Your Design

Before diving in with the hot glue, plan where you want your pom-poms to go. Before placing the pom poms, slip a piece of cardstock paper between the layers of your t-shirt. Consider creating a cute pattern or going for a random, whimsical arrangement โ€“ it’s all about what makes you smile!

I placed my pom-poms in a relatively even pattern across the entire front of my top, but shaping them like a Christmas wreath or like candy canes could also be super cute.

Step 4: Glue ‘Em On!

Time to get sticky! Use your Gorilla hot glue to attach the pom-poms to the front of your t-shirt. Take it one pom-pom at a time, pressing down gently to ensure they’re securely attached.

Step 5: Add Your Personal Touch

Feel free to mix things up by adding extra embellishments if you have them lying around โ€“ perhaps some glitter, ribbon bows, sequins, jingle bells, tinsel garland pieces, or even tiny ornaments. Let your creativity run wild!

Step 6: Let It Dry

Give your masterpiece some time to set and dry completely. This ensures your pom-poms stay put and your sweater is ready to shine at the holiday party.

Step 7: Flaunt Your DIY Creation

Put on your newly crafted cute ugly Christmas sweater and get ready for compliments! This unique piece is bound to be a conversation starter, and you can proudly say you made it yourself.

There you have it โ€“ a budget-friendly, DIY ugly Christmas sweater that embraces cuteness! So, grab your glue gun, pom-poms, and that plain white tee, and let the holiday crafting begin. And have fun at your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this year!

Make an easy DIY ugly Christmas sweater with a white v-neck sweater, pom-poms and hot glue.
Photo by Tracey Jazmin

Watch my YouTube video below for this ugly sweater DIY plus more fun Christmas craft ideas using Amazon products:

Make an easy DIY ugly Christmas sweater with a white v-neck sweater, pom-poms and hot glue.
Photo by Tracey Jazmin

More DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

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