DIY Ugly Sweater: O Christmas Tree

DIY Ugly Sweater

One of my favorite holiday DIY projects each year is creating our own unique ugly Christmas sweaters. I know that just about every store has tons of pre-made ugly sweaters to choose from if you’re in the market for such a thing, but there’s something SO fun about using your creativity to make your own instead! I love scavenging for materials and putting together sweaters that are truly one-of-a-kind! This year, I think we’ve outdone ourselves, and I can’t wait to show you what we created! Today, we’re starting things off with “Scout’s” sweater…O, Christmas Tree! Here’s how we made it and you can too…


Red sweater or shirt

Green tinsel garland

Small assorted plastic ornaments

Beaded garland

Ribbon or pre-tied bows

Tiny gift packages

Small plush elf


Brown felt

Hot glue and glue gun

Most of our supplies, including the shirt, came from Walmart. The elf keychain and bead garland were from Target, and the packages came from Michaels. Often, you can find a good shirt base at a thrift store as well.

Making Your DIY Ugly Sweater

Step 1: Form a tree shape with your garland.

I started at the top, then bent the garland back and forth, increasing the length of each row until I had a nice tree shape. Once you’re pleased with the shape, use hot glue to attach the garland in place. It’s a good idea to put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to make sure the hot glue doesn’t seep through and glue the front and back of the shirt together.

Step 2: Decorate your tree.

Add beaded garland, ornaments, bows, and anything else your heart desires to make a festive (and gaudy) tree. Use hot glue to hold the decorations in place.

Step 3: Add a brown felt rectangle for the tree trunk.

Step 4: Attach an elf and packages at the base of the tree.

I was able to find this cute little mini Elf on the Shelf keychain in the stocking stuffers section of my Target store. I also saw several plush elf ornaments in a variety of stores that you could use instead if you can’t find him.

Step 5: Glue a string of the bead garland around the bottom hem.

Because when it comes to ugly sweaters, more is more!

Step 6: Glue green garland around the cuff of each sleeve.

Isn’t it a beauty? I mean, it doesn’t get much more festive than this! Scout is always the life of the party anyway, now he’ll be doubly so wearing this outfit!

What do you think? Did we hit the ugly sweater jackpot? Stay tuned to see the other masterpieces we’ve created for this year…Little Crafter’s has a stocking theme, and mine is all about the gingerbread. In the meantime, check out these blasts from the past.



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DIY Ugly Sweater

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