20 Ugly Sweater Ideas That Will Make Everyone Laugh

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Parties

Don we now our worst apparel fa la la la la la la la la. It is time to pull out your worst winter wardrobe and get ready to rock a holiday season favorite: The Ugly Sweater Party! Today we present 20 ugly sweater ideas are not only fun but brilliant. PLUS as an extra bonus, we created the cutest FREE printables for you to host your very own Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! The free download comes with ugly sweater ideas for your party, ugly sweater party invitations, treat tags, voting slips, and the most adorable ugly Christmas sweater contest winner badges! Just get your craziest friends together, raid your grandma’s closet, and celebrate the holidays.

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Ugly sweater ideas for your Christmas party

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20 DIY Ugly Sweater Ideas

One of the best things about an ugly sweat party is seeing all of the hilarious tops that people have found. Unfortunately with the increase in popularity, it can be tough to find a classic, vintage ugly Christmas sweater. Don’t let that news get you down! Just bust out your glue gun and DIY your very own based on these fantastic ugly sweater ideas!

1 . DIY Crocheted Christmas Light Sweater

Girl in crocheted Christmas Lights Ugly Sweater. | The Dating Divas
Girl in a DIY Christmas sweater with crocheted Christmas lights

If you can crochet – this is the CUTEST of all the ugly sweaters. Studio DIY knows what’s up!

2 . Stocking Ugly Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pic of a Woman with a Stocking on Her Sweater | The Dating Divas
Stocking attached to a sweater for an ugly Christmas sweater party

Choose any of your sweaters and slap a stocking on it! You can make this as permanent or temporary as you need with glue, safety pins, or a sewing machine!

3 . Yetis and Boas and Flowers, Oh My!

Yeti Themed Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas | The Dating Divas
A yeti-themed ugly sweater idea

Ok this one takes you to an Etsy link (so if you don’t have time, buy it from someone who does!) but you can recreate something similar. The boa is so much fun!

4 . A Nod to the Nutcracker Christmas Sweater

DIY Ugly Sweater Pic with a Nutcracker Theme | The Dating Divas
Homemade ugly Christmas sweater pic with a Nutcracker theme

The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic. This cute revamp of a red sweater pays homage to the ballet of the season. This is one of a few ugly sweater ideas that would be great for him or her.

5 . Mounted Trophy Deer Ugly Sweater Ideas

A Stuffed Animal Head Becomes a Christmas Sweater | The Dating Divas
Ugly Christmas sweater party idea

This one made me LOL! Find any stuffed animal (the deer is a fun choice!) and mount it on a sweater. Everyone is going to want an ugly Christmas sweater pic with you!

6 . Advent Calendar Sweater Idea

White Sweater Wtih Colorful Pockets for Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas | The Dating Divas
Advent calendar idea for an ugly Christmas sweater party

25 Mini pockets?! I’m going to need 25 mini treats to fit in this adorable advent calendar ugly sweater!

7 . Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer

Woman Lays Down with Reindeer Tracks on Her Back for an Ugly Sweater Party | The Dating Divas
Ugly sweater party idea for the song “Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer”

You may not love the song, but it’s hard to not LOVE DIY ugly sweater ideas! The link on this one takes you to an Etsy store, but you could use items around the house to recreate the same look.

8 . Elf in a Mirror Ugly Christmas Sweater

DIY Ideas for Elf Themed Sweater with Presents | The Dating Divas
Mirror on an elf-themed ugly sweater

Watch the linked video to see how to make a funny elf sweater. The elf’s face is a mirror so your friends can become. I haven’t seen these ugly sweater ideas before – I love how original it is.

9 . Tinsel Ugly Christmas Sweater

Tinsel-wrapped Ugly Sweater Ideas | The Dating Divas
Tinsel-wrapped DIY ugly Christmas sweater

Is it just me, or would you also wear this somehow-adorable-ugly-sweater-idea?!

10 . DIY Elf Shirt

A Simple Felt Elf Body for an Ugly Christmas Sweater| The Dating Divas
Elf-body ugly Christmas sweater DIY

Originally a tutorial for a child’s shirt, this would also be amazing on an adult! Make yourself a little elf!

11 . Glitter-filled Sweater

Decorate a Sweater with a Tree, Pom Poms, and Glitter | The Dating Divas
Design a glittery ugly Christmas sweater with a Christmas tree

A child made this ugly sweater. Utilize a kid in your life and have them help you make this hilarious ugly sweater idea.

12 . Pom Pom Parade Christmas Sweater

Pom poms on a Cardigan for a Christmas Sweater | The Dating Divas
DIY pom pom ugly Christmas sweater pic

Would it be weird to wear an “ugly sweater” every day during the holiday season? I love these cute pom poms on a comfy cardigan.

13 . Giant Rudolf Sweater

Giant Reindeer Face on an Ugly Christmas Sweater | The Dating Divas
Giant Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer ugly sweater

Show how BIG your Christmas spirit really is with this giant Rudolf sweater.

14 . Cotton Ball Snowman Sweater

Snowman Ugly Sweater Idea Using Cotton Batting | The Dating Divas
Cotton batting snowman ugly sweater idea

Fluffy and fun! Those are the first two words that come to mind with this inventive Christmas sweater.

15. Mantel and Fireplace with Stockings Ugly Sweater Dress

DIY Fireplace Ugly Sweater Dress That Uses Your Arms as the Mantel for Stockings | The Dating Divas
Ugly sweater dress with a fire and mantel arms for stockings

Switch up the sweater look with a sweater dress! This could also be done with a regular length sweater. I love the detail of stockings on the arms!

16 . Santa Tipping the Tree Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Winner

Santa Tipping Over the Christmas Tree Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Winner | The Dating Divas
Santa tipping over the Christmas tree DIY ugly Christmas sweater contest winner

This ugly sweater idea DIY really did with an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Remake it and see if you win as well!

17 . Ugly Christmas Tie Tree Sweater

An Ugly Christmas Sweater With Christmas Ties Making a Tree | The Dating Divas
Old Christmas ties repurposed for some ugly Christmas sweater ideas

Does your man have a few ridiculous Christmas ties hanging around? Repurpose them for an ugly Christmas sweater contest!

18 . Bow-utiful Christmas Sweaters

Repurpose Gift Bows for an Ugly Christmas Sweater | The Dating Divas
Sticky-backed bows on a sweater for an ugly Christmas sweater party

I think this is the perfect, quick, DIY ugly sweater idea. If you are in a rush, pull out that bag of bows (we know you’ve been saving them up!) and start sticking them on a sweater!

19 . Snow-globe Belly Sweater

A Clear Bowl Makes a Snow-globe Sweater | The Dating Divas
Ugly Christmas sweater party contest winner – the snow-globe.

I had never seen this one before! Find a clear bowl at the dollar store and make your own snow globe. Cute!

20 . Christmas Tree Skirt

Tree-skirt Turned Ugly Christmas Sweater Skirt | The Dating Divas
Up-cycle a tree-skirt into an actual Christmas skirt

Instead of an ugly sweater, dress it up this holiday season by turning a Christmas tree skirt into an actual skirt!

Plan Your Own Christmas Sweater Party

Leave it to the Divas to create our OWN Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and go ALL OUT! We had such a blast and we’re SO excited to share with you how you can host your very own Ugly Sweater Party! We promise you won’t need to look any further for the perfect Ugly Christmas Sweater party because we’ve got you covered!

Not only do we have tons of ideas to get your party rockin’, but our fabulous Diva Designer Elizabeth has created all the printables that you could ever need to make your Ugly Sweater Party a success! She did a fabulous job of making our vision into reality. If you ever need anything designed – she is the girl to go to! Just check out everything she made in our Ugly Sweater Party Kit!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Printable Pack | The Dating Divas
Free printables for an ugly Christmas sweater party

First up in your Ugly Sweater Party kit, a FABULOUS party guide that will help you party go ‘seamlessly!’ Packed with ugly Christmas sweater party ideas, planning tips tricks, this guide will be your very best friend. In addition to the guide, there are 6 printable treat tags, each with a unique saying and super fun design! Yep, it’s everything you need to make your Ugly Christmas Sweater party a total success.

Your Ugly Sweater Party invitations are designed to be two-sided so you can fold it and have a super fun front/back. The front of the ugly Christmas sweater party invite contains a fun saying and a cute sweater, while the back has the all the party information your guests will need including a special reminder to “Wear Your Winter Worst!”

One of our must-have, extra-necessary, totally great Ugly Sweater Party ideas is the contest. Gather your friends and get ready to decide who has taken their ugly sweater ideas to the next level. To make the voting magic extra-special, we’ve included a printable voting sign as well as custom-made voting slips and winning medallions for the UGLY, UGLIER and UGLIEST sweaters of the night. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Party Winner Awards | The Dating Divas
Printable awards for an ugly Christmas sweater contest

May the winners wear them as proud as they do their grandma’s sweater! As if these badges aren’t good enough, you might consider gifting the winners a special sweater-themed favor or gift. It’s up to you!

I TOLD you we had everything you would need to throw the perfect Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! The good, the bad and the UGLY- plus a ton of ugly sweater ideas. (We get that not everyone has time for DIY, so head to this list of hilarious Ugly Christmas Sweaters for some of our favorites that you can grab!)

Enjoy your ugly Christmas sweater party! Don’t forget to take those fabulous ugly Christmas sweater pics – tag us on Instagram!

Hoping your holiday season is bright, wacky, and totally tacky.

About the Author: Elizabeth

I'm a friendly gal who's obsessed with all things marriage and Hubby-related :). When I'm not having adventures with my Sweetheart, you can find me in photographer mode, deep in a Netflix binge, or getting my sweat on - after all, 'endorphins make you happy!' I also enjoy treasure hunting (aka. thrifting), dark chocolate, and eating as much sushi as possible!

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32 Responses to 20 Ugly Sweater Ideas That Will Make Everyone Laugh

  1. I spoke to my friend about hosting an USP several wks ago (early November). He was not interested. NOW he’s stoked and wants to do it. Is it to late in this season to plan. Or should we wait until next season? When is the ideal time host an ugly sweater party?

    1. I don’t think it is too late in the season at all! Sometimes we associate this party with the Christmas season but this is about SWEATER season which includes January and even February if you live in a cold place! There are so many parties going on right now a January party might be a great idea!

  2. Wow! I am very impressed with the party, with the printables and everything! I looks too much fun. Looking forwards to throw your “Ugly sweater party” Thank you Divas!! Xx 🙂

  3. This was soo much fun! The sweaters were atrocious, the games so much fun, and the treats were yummy! Everything about this party was just perfect! Thanks for putting this fabulous party together girl!!! xox