Merry Christmas Eve, friends! I hope you’re having a lovely holiday season and have lots of fun planned with family and friends in the coming days. I’ve been checking things off my Christmas 2015 bucket list left and right including skiing, ice skating, and today, DIYing my very own tacky Christmas sweater.

My friends at Value Village challenged me to come up with my own holiday sweater design and I jumped at the chance! I love crafting and my glue gun and I are super tight. I had so much fun with this silly project! The best thing about tacky Christmas sweaters is…they’re tacky! They don’t have to be perfect, so this is a great project for crafters at any level.

You’ll Need:

  1. old sweater I found mine at Value Village for $4.99 and went with a red backdrop for my Christmas tree design
  2. collection of cheesy Christmas pins I cleaned out the display at Value Village and found some great ones including a poinsettia, two snowmen, and a teddy bear head (haha!)
  3. old mardi gras beads
  4. green and yellow felt
  5. puff balls in festive colors (the sparklier the better!)
  6. medium sized jingle bells
  7. gold ribbon
  8. scissors
  9. hot glue gun
  10. paper grocery sack

Keep reading for tons of photos and details about how I put it all together!


First, Make sure to wash your sweater, especially if it came from the thrift store. Next, fold a sheet of green felt in half and cut out your tree shape. Trim to adjust the shape as needed. I cut mine freehand, but bought extra just in case.DSC_0285

Next, cut part of a paper grocery sack and place inside the sweater to guard the back from hot glue. Glue the tree to the front middle of the sweater.
After that, cut out a star out of yellow felt and hot glue to the top of the tree. Begin laying out your Christmas pins to get an idea of placement.

Next, begin gluing gold ribbon around the border of your tree. This gives it a little shine and pizazz in addition to all of the other adornments you’ll be adding later.DSC_0290 DSC_0292

Then, begin cutting and gluing sections of your old Mardi Gras beads across the tree from top to bottom. This is like a little garland for your tree. I just glued the first and last beads to let the center portions move a little. DSC_0293

After that, feel free to go nuts! Pin on all of your remaining Christmas pins, puff balls, jingle bells etc. to decorate the tree. I added a lot of white and gold puff balls around the tree like falling snow. I also added a row of green puff balls at the base of the tree. I had so much fun adding more and more to the tree I had to cut myself off! So fun!

The Finished Product

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Finally, try on your masterpiece and strut around your apartment. Bonus points if you take it for a spin around the neighborhood or to a Christmas party or event. You don’t have to wait for an ugly sweater party to make someone smile with your creation!

I hope you give DIYing your very own Christmas sweater a try! It would be such a fun project to do with a group of friends around a big dining table over a few hot toddies! Have a very Merry Christmas and safe travels, everyone!


Full Disclosure: Most of the items featured in this post were purchased at Value Village thrift stores with gift certificate provided by Value Village. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands and companies that support Lindsay Living.