Make your very own Christmas sweater with lights for an ugly Christmas sweater party that you are attending! This is actually a really quick and easy craft idea and you will absolutely love the results.
You can even add battery operated lights to really light up the night. Are you ready to get started? Gather your supplies and a hot glue gun!
How To Make A Christmas Sweater With Lights
All of the steps and supplies are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post. First, I have some links to where you can buy the supplies and some tips that I learned as I made this project.
Here are the supplies and tools you will need to create your sweater.
- Green sweater with a plain front
- Green tinsel garland
- Artificial Christmas light garland
- Green tulle
- Styrofoam cone
- Battery operated moonlights (optional)
- Hot glue and glue gun
DIY Tips For Making An Ugly Christmas Sweater With Lights
Before you get to the detailed instructions in the craft card, here are some tips that will help you out.
Make The Headband First
This needs time to set. So I recommend starting by adding your cone to the headband with hot glue.
It should be at a slight angle and not right in the center. Then, wrap the cone with the green tinsel garland, secure the ends with hot glue, and set aside so it can fully dry.
Protect Your Sweater With Cardboard
Insert a piece of cardboard inside the sweater before beginning. If any glue goes through the fabric, you don’t want it sticking to the backside.
Shape The Tulle To look Like A Christmas Tree
As you are working to add the tulle to the sweater, gather your tulle and secure it in rows with hot glue.
Each row should be slightly shorter than the last one.
TIP: Click here to see a method for not burning yourself with hot glue when working with materials like these.
Cover Up Glue Lines With Garland
Now, we need to cover up those glue lines! Add the green tinsel garland also with hot glue over the top of each tulle piece as shown below.
Add Fake Or Real Lights To The Hat & Sweater
We can finally add the lights! This is where you can be creative.
Start by adding some lights to the cone. You can choose whether the lights are real or fake. Just make sure it’s not super heavy as it can weigh down the front of your sweater.
When we made this sweater, we decided to add some moon lights later by tying them onto the artificial lights and adding the battery pack to a pocket in the jeans.
It really lights up!
Make A Christmas Tree Sweater That Will Wow!
Now you are ready to put on your Christmas sweater with lights and rock it at an ugly sweater party!
Everyone will love this adorable sweater and you can also make it really light up with some moonlights.
I would recommend adding the real lights for a party at night. However, if you are wearing this during the day, the lights do not make that much of a difference.
The icing on the cake so to speak is that hat. It really makes the entire outfit.
If you are attending an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this year, be sure to make this Christmas sweater with lights. Everyone will love your outfit and you can be proud that you made it yourself!
- 1 green sweater with plain front
- 1 strand green tinsel garland
- 1 string artificial Christmas light garland
- 1/2 yard green tulle
- 1 headband
- 1 styrofoam cone
- 1 string battery-operated moon lights optional
- Add the styrofoam cone to the headband and attach it with hot glue. Make sure it is at a slight angle and not directly in the center of the headband.
- Wrap the cone with green tinsel garland and secure the ends with hot glue. Set this aside.
- Insert a piece of cardboard inside the sweater before beginning. If any glue goes through the fabric, you don’t want it sticking to the backside. Then gather your tulle and secure it in rows with hot glue. Each row should be slightly shorter than the last one. Then just continue all the way up the front of your sweater until you reach the neck. This should be a tree-like shape.
- Add the green tinsel garland also with hot glue over the top of each tulle piece.
- Secure some of the garland of lights to the cone with hot glue.
- Add the lights to the sweater itself. Secure into place with the hot glue. You can then add real lights if desired. We added some moon lights later by tying them onto the artificial lights and adding the battery pack to a pocket in the jeans.
- After the hot glue dries, wear your sweater with pride!
More Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas
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