Deck the halls with tacky sweaters! Also known as Ugly Christmas Sweaters, but gosh, isn’t that a bit harsh? Ugly Christmas Sweaters nowadays are less tacky, more funny and can get quite fashionable, plus they’re pretty simple and inexpensive to create on your own. Viva DIY! Last year I needed one in a jiffy, but scoured thrift stores too close to the holiday, found nothin’ but plain sweaters. No biggee! Took matters into my own hands:
Eat your heart out, Ugly Christmas Sweaters. A plain sweater will do just fine when matched with creativity. Needle & thread is all ya need to attach Christmas garland around collar, bottom hem & sleeve ends. Or if you’re in a super hurry, consider safety pins. For the final touch, clip-on LED blinkies and prepare to party. I reinforced each LED clip with a dab of hot glue in the garland since I knew there’d be dancing at some point. Can’t have my lights falling off mid-Running Man. If flash is not your thing, consider our chilled-out Candy Lites with steady lighting – an Ugly Christmas Sweater favorite.
A LIL’ BACKSTORY for those new to the U.C.S. phenomenon: these things were seriously popular in the ’80s & ’90s. No…seriously. Without lights unfortunately. Then as time progressed and senses of humor ripened, a massive second wind has taken over the nation, and this kitschy fad is here to stay. It doesn’t get much nerdier than this. And nowadays nerdy is way cool. Right, Matt Damon?
Let’s check out more fab Christmas Sweater creations. TGFL! (Thank goodness for lights…they really do take this trend next level…)
Hey, I recognize that nose!
Macaroni & Cheesecake’s take on an “Ugly” Christmas Sweater. Very manly, plus extra fast (see the safety pins? Ain’t no shame!). Very resourceful. TCB in a flash.
Cassie Stephens says forget the sweater! Keep it dressy. Good call, girl. I am so lovin’ this and vow to try it myself – thanks for the inspiration.
A Preppy State of Mind kept with the skirt idea. Bows galore – stick ’em everywhere! Ya really can’t mess this up, for the “tackier” the better. I prefer to call it festive. Gotta try this with our fancy Fiber Optic Gift Bows!
Nestful of Love came up with a grand idea for a DIY photo booth. The backdrop is taped-up wrapping paper, and the prop is a big ol’ thrift store frame wrapped with LED string lights. It’s almost too easy. And absolutely effective. Note to self for FBL‘s company Christmas party…
This is JUST the tip of the iceberg. If you’ve got ideas in the works but are unsure where to start, cruise Pinterest or Google Images and get inspired! The selection is immense, most of it DIY (proud of you, crafters), and so much of it can be done spur-of-the-moment. Should you need help assembling your own, hit me up in the comments below – I’m always here to help. ‘Til next time!
TCB & DIY ~
~ Flashing Blinky Nikki