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DIY: Ugly Christmas Outfits

Did you know that every 10 seconds in December, another ugly Christmas sweater party is planned? Your committee member, your sorority sister, your roommate’s best friends’s cousin — every single person you know is planning to make you wear a tacky sweater to their next social.

While there are some benefits to this strange phenomenon (warmth), there are definite pitfalls. For one, as the demand for ugly sweaters increases, their abundance decreases. This means you’re going to need to be creative. Here are a few cheap DIY options you can sport:

1. The Wreath Sweater

For this one you’ll need:

  • A sweater
  • Some tinsel
  • A bow
  • A glue gun
  • Fabric paint
  • A circle sponge brush

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This red sweatshirt was only a few dollars in the men’s section of WalMart. All you really need to know to make this sweater is what a circle looks like. Use your glue gun to glue the tinsel in a circle, and you have a wreath. I wanted to mix school spirit with holiday spirit so I put a little paw print in the middle using fabric paint and a circle sponge brush, just like I did in our last DIY post.  I also threw a navy and white bow on top. This is how it ended up:

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2. The Super Easy Sweater

For this one you’ll need:

  • The ugliest sweater you own
  • A giant christmas bow
  • A glue gun

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For this sweater, I chose the most obnoxious one I already owned. Luckily, I was Stephanie Tanner this Halloween, so my sweater was super tacky. Then I just glued a bow to the middle, and what was once a Halloween costume now looked like a Christmas gift. Talk about a Christmas miracle. For added measure, I used gold pipe cleaners to make the polka dots into Christmas ornaments. It ended up like this:

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3. The Stockings Circle Skirt

If sweaters are too mainstream, try this instead. For this one you’ll need:

  • Stockings
  • A glue gun
  • Ribbon

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Okay, so this isn’t a sweater, but after three or four holiday parties you’re going to want to switch it up. All you have to do is line up a bunch of stockings in a semi circle and glue them together. I attached ribbon at the back to hold the whole thing together. The fun part about this skirt is that the stockings act as huge pockets so you can carry your phone and even beverages with ease. It ended up looking like this (basically like a giant pile of stockings you can wear around your waist):

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If your glue gun fails you and you’re still in desperate need of a sweater, you can beg my fellow Onward State writer, Yuka Narisako, to whip you up one of these beauties. She made it herself just in case she ever forgets where Penn State lives.


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