DIY to try : Ugly/Tacky Christmas Sweater!

Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
This is probably going to be the cheesiest DIY I ever blog… I really think you can be silly and tacky at Christmas time more so than any other holiday during the year (except maybe St. Patricks — i.e. beer goggles — omg. Tacky-ville).
Also, please note my satirical photo set-up and editing! I hope it’s kitschy enough to actually look like I did the photos this way on purpose and not as if I just don’t know what I’m doing!
Moving along… I’ve made a printable template you can download for FREE (my favourite word) HERE (<– that link is to the full sized .PDF) to get you started if you’re as horrible at cutting out letters or shapes free hand as I am.
Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template! (click through for full photo tutorial)
If you want to use a different phrase on your sweater/shirt it’s so easy to make your own template by opening a Word or Pages document and typing in a simple font (I used “Ariel Bold”) whatever words you’d like and printing from your desktop.
Here are some other phrases I liked:
 
“Merry Christmas Ya’ Filthy Animal”
 
“Let’s Get Lit”
 
“Merry Whatever”
Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
LOL. Yule. Get it? I’m terrible at puns. Clearly. Okay so I literally just raided my craft boxes from previous Christmas projects to come up with the elements for my sweater design and I found some pom poms, strung sequin trim, felt, and plastic jewels.

 

Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
After you’ve gathered your supplies and printed off your template, cut out all the letters or shapes you’ll want on the sweater.

 

Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
Place templates onto the felt and cut out.
You can use some straight pins or safety pins to hold them in place if you need to. (I did!)

 

Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
I wanted my letters to be oversized so I used the paper letters as a guide and added about 3/4″ all the way around each one just by eye-balling it. It’s okay not to measure exactly for this project because it’s kind of supposed to come out a little tacky! (lazy crafters rejoice!)

 

Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
I sewed each letter down with a simple whip stitch around the edges, then glued the rest of the elements on, and allowed the whole thing to dry overnight.

 

Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
Ta da! Chevy Chase would be proud.
Let's get lit. Merry Christmas ya' filthy animals.

 

Super easy DIY ugly/tacky Christmas Sweater + FREE printable template!
Happy Holla’ Days to you and yours! … Now let’s get lit (I’m looking at you Gluhwein!)

With Love, Rachel
 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. November 9, 2016 / 01:57

    This is such a good idea! I usually just request the same tacky sweater every year but I should really change it up and make my own!

  2. November 9, 2016 / 04:08

    Ahahaha yessss! I love “ugly” Christmas sweaters! I don’t care that Christmas is in the middle of Summer here in Australia, I’m making and wearing this! 😛

    Christie’s Take on Life. x