Easy Ways to Make Any Christmas Sweater Ugly (Easy)

‘Tis the season to be tacky. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

In recent years, the popularity of ugly Christmas sweaters has grown tremendously. More that 90%* of co-workers bring out these hideous garments to help celebrate the festivities of the season.

*Massive generalization

But with Christmas less than a week away, most of the decent ugly sweaters have already been nabbed. And, let’s face it, you’re sick of the usual holiday sweater motifs. Snowmen and reindeer are so old-fashioned.

Why not create your own tawdry masterpiece?

This helpful guide will not only give you all the tips and tricks on how to decorate a sweater, but will provide you with plenty of creative freedom to make your garment unique to you. Hooray for individuality!

Nerds, it’s time to take chances, make mistakes, and GET FUGLY!

From you utility belt, you’ll need: 

  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks**
  • Fabric paint
  • Felt and/or felt shapes
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins
  • Buttons
  • Pom-poms
  • Yarn
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon

Please note that, depending on the theme you choose for your sweater, you can add or subtract items from this supplies list. This is a general list of items you can use for your sweater.

Step 1: Choose an Overall Theme for you Sweater 

Having a theme for your sweater will make the decoration process much easier. I decided that mine should be covered with cats, so that was my theme. Go figure.

Your theme can be anything, though. Batman, Sailor Moon, Star Wars. It’s all kosher. Wait, wrong holiday. Well, you can do that, too.

Step 2: Prepare your decorations 

Measure, cut, pin, whatever you’e got to do to make the process better.

I had to cut out kitty faces from pieces of felt, so this step took some time to complete. But that’s the great thing about felt: you can make it whatever you want.

Also, if you need to alter any pre-made pieces that you’ve purchased, this is a good time to get them ready.

Step 3: Add embellishments 

Your decorations can be pretty much anything, as long as you have a strong enough glue, that is. But, please refrain from attaching a full-sized wreath onto your chest. Here’s why: it will be so uncomfortable if you do. Please, decorate responsibly.

Here are some easily acquired accessories you may add to your sweater:

Felt Shapes–these are easy to attach, either by hand-sewing them or gluing them onto the sweater.

Buttons–just pop those suckers on with a needle and some thread, and you’re golden!

Yarn–manipulate it any way you want, and you can spell out words, add borders, or create patterns onto your sweater.

Pom-Poms–because, why not?

Fabric Paint–don’t want to cut anything out? Paint it on!

Pipe cleaners–create any shape, image, or add a little something extra with these flexible little buggers.

Ribbon–adds a little something extra, you know? Also, you can find ribbon with Christmastime patterns, shapes, and colors.

Glitter–glitter? Glitter.

Step 4: Stick it 

Stick all that shit onto your sweater. Create patterns, funny details, and spell out holiday messages even. Here are my top tools for the job:

Glue gun–where would you be without your trusty glue gun? Fire this bad boy up every chance you get.

Surebonder brand glue sticks**–to go with your glue gun, you know. I recently discovered a fabric version of hot glue sticks. I bought it for $3.99 (yeah, I know), and tried it out on my own sweater. The packaging claims it to be fexible and machine washable, so we’ll see! But using it was just as easy as the normal craft glue sticks.

Needle and thread–even if you’re not a seamstress, sewing a basic running stitch isn’t difficult. Remember, you’re making an ugly Christmas sweater, do you even really care?

Fabric glue–if you don’t mind the longer dry time, just plain ol’ fabric glue will suffice.

Step 5: Allow for dry time 

Make sure you let all paint and glue dry with adequate time before you don your ugly apparel.

You’re done! 


Show off your handy work at your office holiday party, an ugly sweater affair, or at your next family gathering Show that shit off, you’ve made a hideous masterpiece!

Don’t forget to share your creations with me on social media! Though the giveaway has officially ended, I welcome all sharing!

Mark your calendars! The winners for the First-Ever Giveaway Extravaganza will be announced Wednesday, December 23! Who will win the Star Wars prize packs?? I’m itchy with anticipation!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 




9 Comments Add yours

  1. Nichole says:

    That is the best ugly sweater! Love it! Great job!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thanks! I shall debut it at the company Christmas party tomorrow.


  2. Leisel says:

    That’s delightfully terrible looking, and very well done. That’s a compliment, right? Right??
    So I’m really looking forward to your giveaway results; hope it was successful as mine!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thanks! I can’t wait to announce them! You had a bitching prize, though.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Leisel says:

        Well, I tried anyway. I was lucky to get a couple of donations to the blog and used that money to buy my domain, a few kitchen must-haves, and the waffle makers.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. mckelodeon says:

        That’s awesome!


  3. snickledpink says:

    Your sweater is awesome!

    Liked by 2 people

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