How to Turn a Plain Sweater into an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Learn how to craft a Christmas tree from pompoms then attach it to a plain sweater to make festive holiday wear.  

Photo by: Chelsea Laine Francis

Chelsea Laine Francis

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Tools and Materials

  • sweater vest
  • green yarn
  • yellow yarn
  • brown yarn
  • fabric glue
  • oversized rickrack ribbon
  • scissors

Step 1

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for making yarn pompoms. The more yarn, the puffier the pompom.

Step 2

The tree calls for 15 green yarn pompoms. A smaller yellow yarn pompom for the star in top and a slightly larger brown pompom for the base.

Step 3

Use fabric glue to attach pompoms in the shape of a tree onto the back of the sweater.

Step 4

Photo by: Chelsea Laine Francis

Chelsea Laine Francis

Use fabric glue with decorative trim to embellish front of sweater

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