12 Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget

Look for funny, nerdy, cringy, and all-around ugly Christmas sweater ideas here and make one or more for yourself or as gifts this year!

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  1. Ugly Christmas Sweaters? Save Your Cash and DIY
    1. DIY Christmas Tree Sweater
    2. Glitter Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater
    3. Rudolph Ugly Sweater DIY
    4. Ugly Gingerbread Sweater
    5. Rockefeller Tree Ugly Sweater
    6. Grumpy Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater
    7. Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater
    8. Tacky Texas Christmas Sweater
    9. Star Trek Ugly Christmas Sweater
    10. ‘Stuck in the Chimney’ DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater
    11. Advent Calendar Sweater
    12. DIY Matching Ugly Christmas Sweaters

DIY Christmas Sweater Ideas to Get Fun and Gaudy In

Ugly Christmas Sweaters? Save Your Cash and DIY

Do you have your ugly Christmas sweater ready for the third Friday of December? Are your holiday outfits ready? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered!

We know the ugly Christmas sweater is a winter and holiday staple, as it has become one of the holiday season’s most fun traditions. Everyone can be silly, have some fun, and get into the holiday spirit.

Also, these funny ugly Christmas sweaters will keep you on the trend—the ugly trend, that is! To make sure you have a unique sweater this year, why not make it yourself with materials you may have on storage now.

We know you’ll be looking for tutorials on how to make your own Christmas sweater online, so we’ve rounded up some of the best ones here. These are some of the most awesome inspirations we found from around the interwebs, so far.

We have here some funny entries, nerdy pairs, over-the-top, simple and easy, and probably the ugliest Christmas sweater. Check them all out and find the ones you dig the most!

1. DIY Christmas Tree Sweater

This ugly Christmas tree sweater even got a performance element to it! With this fun and simple design, anyone can literally transform into a Christmas tree.

2. Glitter Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater

Glitter Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater | Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget | diy christmas tree sweater
Glitter Christmas Tree Ugly Sweater Photo by I Love To Create Blog

Grab an old oversized sweater and use this easy-to-follow tutorial to create your very own version of the glitter Christmas tree ugly sweater. You may end up having gifts placed at your feet while you’re wearing it!

3. Rudolph Ugly Sweater DIY

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Rudolph Ugly Sweater DIY Photo by The Country Chic Cottage

If you’re going for funny Christmas sweaters, this one is your best bet. Wear this amazing Rudolph ugly sweater and you will definitely win the ugly sweater contest.

4. Ugly Gingerbread Sweater

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Ugly Gingerbread Sweater Photo by Instructables

Mmmm, ugly enough to eat! This ugly gingerbread sweater is as tacky as it gets and definitely perfect for your ugly sweater party.

Indeed, wearing this outfit is the best way to spread Christmas cheer!

5. Rockefeller Tree Ugly Sweater

Patches and trim of your choosing are a good way to make your Christmas ugly sweater in no time. This easy and inexpensive Rockefeller tree ugly sweater shows off its ugliness with pride.

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 6. Grumpy Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater

Grumpy Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater | Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget | diy christmas tree sweater
Grumpy Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo by Cut Out And Keep

Be happy or be grumpy this Christmas! A grumpy cat that is! Spread the disdain for the season by making your own grumpy cat and sew it onto an old sweater!

7. Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater

Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater | Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget | diy christmas tree sweater
Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater Photo by I Love To Create Blog

You can pick up holiday ties at a thrift store. Then, you just need buttons and basic sewing skills.

This ugly tie Christmas tree sweater is not only repurposed old items, but it also made them look fun and creative, too!

8. Tacky Texas Christmas Sweater

Tacky Texas Christmas Sweater | Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget | diy christmas tree sweater
Tacky Texas Christmas Sweater Photo by C.R.A.F.T.

Make this tacky Texas Christmas sweater for you and your significant other. No one will be able to beat your cuteness! 🙂

9. Star Trek Ugly Christmas Sweater

Star Trek Ugly Christmas Sweater | Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget | diy christmas tree sweater
Star Trek Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo by Punk Projects

Are you a Star Trek fan? Then this Star Trek ugly Christmas sweater is an absolute must-make.

And, it’s definitely an awesome gift! I think this is a wonderful sweater and a fun project to do, too!

10. ‘Stuck in the Chimney’ DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

'Stuck in the Chimney' DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater | Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget | diy christmas tree sweater
‘Stuck in the Chimney’ DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo by Instructables

Kind of scary-looking, but boy, will it make a statement? Totally! This DIY ugly Christmas sweater is so crazy ugly, it may bag the award for the ugliest Christmas sweater ever.

That’s a lot of work to put into, but it’s worth it — it’s amazingly creative!

11. Advent Calendar Sweater

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Advent Calendar Sweater Photo by Shrimp Salad Circus

Try doing your Christmas countdown on this DIY advent calendar sweater. Use the cute, little Christmas tree pin to indicate the date.

12. DIY Matching Ugly Christmas Sweaters

DIY Matching Ugly Christmas Sweaters | Christmas Sweater Ideas You Can DIY On A Budget | diy christmas tree sweater
DIY Matching Ugly Christmas Sweaters Photo by Mr. Kate

How about matching Christmas sweaters for couples? What a perfect excuse to be nerdy, cheesy, or simply funny by transforming your boring sweaters!

So, get creative with some holiday embellishments from your local craft store to make your own DIY upcycled ugly Christmas sweater.

Looking for even more inspiration? Take a look at this video from POPSUGAR Fashion for more DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas:

Aren’t all of these ideas exactly what we need to make the perfect ugly Christmas sweater? I hope these ideas help save you some money while coming up with your own ugliest Christmas sweater ever!

Because ugly Christmas sweaters are all about being silly, unique, and funny! And indeed, the possibilities are truly endless so, happy crafting!

Which of these DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 20, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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