Kids of all ages will love competing to see who can create the ugliest Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament! Perfect for holiday parties, school, or home, this simple ugly Christmas sweater craft uses simple craft supplies, can be customized as a group Christmas craft and is fun to make at home or in the classroom.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Craft - shown is a finished ugly Christmas sweater ornament with Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and puff balls all over white sweater ornament created by Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make an ugly Christmas sweater ornament craft!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Craft for Kids

Host an Ugly Sweater Ornaments competition part of your cookie exchange party or Christmas party this year! Make it an ugly ornaments family contest—who can create the ugliest ornaments? Even better, suggest that your family and guests to wear their favorite ugly sweaters to your crafting party, for inspiration!

Related: DIY Christmas ornaments kids can make

You can even turn it into a fun DIY way to label your gifts this year, if your kids make a bunch of them because they make great ugly Christmas sweater gift tags. Use ribbon scraps, leftover beads, paperclips, glitter…anything!

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Supplies Needed for Ugly Sweater Christmas Ornament

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Craft supplies needed - craft foam sheets, permanent markers, scissors, glue dots sequins - Kids Activities Blog
This is what you will need to make an ugly Christmas sweater ornament of your own…

Instructions to Make Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Craft

Step 1

After gathering supplies, draw the shape of a sweater onto craft foam (choose any color).

Related: Use our ugly Christmas sweater coloring pages as a sweater template

Alternatively, you could use a piece of paper – like scrapbook or construction paper, but I find that the craft foam holds up better over the years.

Step 2

The next step is to invite children or party guests to cut out the sweater. Create many of these so children can make all sorts of ugly Christmas sweaters!

Tip: Depending on the age and number of children, you might even want to prep this ahead of time, so that the kids can start decorating, right away.

Step 3

Step 3 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Craft

Use sequins, craft foam, paper, beads, markers, ribbon, or anything else you can find around your house, to decorate the sweaters.

Some ideas include reindeer, candy canes, strings of ornaments, Christmas trees, presents, and Santa’s.

Step 4

Step 4 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Craft

Secure ribbon to the back of the ornament and share with a friend! This is a great way to share the spirit of Christmas with those you love in a playful way.

Finished Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Craft

These unique and funny Christmas ornament ideas make a great gift or can be attached to a gift as a gift tag that doubles as a Christmas tree decoration. Don’t overlook these funny ornaments for your next silly gift exchange.

See how festive and cheery your ugly Christmas sweater ornament turned out? What fun! Let’s make another…

Another Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft for Kids

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DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament

ugly christmas sweater ornaments

This simple ornament craft for kids is inspired from the holiday tradition of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters! Make an ugly Christmas sweater ornament with simple craft supplies. Could be a really fun Christmas party activity for kids of all ages...and even adults!


  • Colored craft foam
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon


  • Markers
  • Glue Dots or hot glue gun
  • Scissors


  1. Draw the shape of a sweater onto craft foam or use the sweater template to draw around.
  2. With scissors, cut out the sweater shape.
  3. Decorate your sweater with all the bling of an ugly Christmas sweater!
  4. Add a loop of ribbon by gluing it on the back of the sweater neck to use as an ornament hanger.

Why is it Called an "Ugly Christmas Sweater"?

So, ugly Christmas sweaters are basically the holiday version of fashion disasters. They’re those garish, loud, and totally tacky sweaters that are totally meant to be ugly. Think clashing patterns, neon colors, and cheesy holiday themes. They first became a thing in the 80s and 90s as a way for people to have a laugh at holiday parties and events. And somehow, they’ve stuck around and become a beloved part of holiday culture. Even though they’re totally unsightly, people wear them as a way to celebrate the season in a playful and tongue-in-cheek way. So basically, ugly Christmas sweaters are the ultimate holiday fashion fail… and we love ’em for it.

What are the Rules for an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

So, if you’re planning on rockin’ an ugly Christmas sweater this holiday season, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously: Ugly Christmas sweaters are all about having a good time and celebrating the holiday season in a lighthearted and playful way, so make sure you wear yours with a sense of humor.
  2. Get creative: There are no set rules when it comes to ugly Christmas sweater design, so feel free to get creative and come up with your own unique and eye-catching look.
  3. Dress appropriately: While ugly Christmas sweaters can be a fun and festive addition to your holiday attire, it’s still important to dress appropriately for the occasion. If you’re heading to a fancy holiday party, you might want to save the ugly sweater for a more casual gathering.
  4. Have fun: The most important rule for wearing an ugly Christmas sweater is to have fun and embrace the holiday spirit. So go ahead and show off your inner ugly sweater enthusiast and spread some cheer!

When is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day?

The third Friday of December is National Ugly Christmas sweater Day.


How did you decorate your ugly Christmas sweater ornament?

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