It's time to break out your most festive crewneck, cableknit and cashmere. It's National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.
As you may have noticed, the ugly Christmas sweater has really taken off in the past few years, thanks to the rise of the hipster and a general appreciation for all things ironic. You can now buy ugly Christmas sweaters in stores and online. You may have even been invited to one or 12 ugly Christmas sweater parties to celebrate these lovably hideous pull-overs. If that's the case, you're of course going to want to stand out at the shindig while not spending all of your holiday shopping money either.
Luckily, it's pretty easy to make an ugly Christmas sweater in the comfort of your very own home. Here's seven DIY ideas to achieve the ugliest Christmas sweater ever.
1. Buy an ugly Christmas sweater kit
In case you want to achieve that DIY look but are not crafty whatsoever, you can enlist some help from the Retrofit Unisex Ugly Christmas Sweater available at Macy's for a sale price of $24.99. In this kit, you've got everything you need to make your top truly atrocious, from a sweater to all the fixings, like glitter glue, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. Ah, how terrible.
2. Have a Miley Cyrus Christmas
All you need to make this Christmas-themed "Wrecking Ball"-inspired ugly Christmas sweater is a naked Barbie doll, a chain and a colorful ornament. The lettering (and the message you write) is optional.
3. Make a sweater that's more cute than ugly
Isn't this DIY sweater idea from the blog Nona Chewy just adorable? A tree with actual lights, Santa Claus and presents? It's almost too much to handle. Get the full tutorial here.
4. For the over-achievers
You can basically make a picturesque Christmas scene come to life by actually wearing chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Sure, you have to walk around with your arms spread outward all night, but it's going to be so worth it.
5. Embody A Christmas Story
Show your undying love for A Christmas Story by referencing the movie with your sweater. And remember, this sweater is fra-gi-le.
6. Be the tree
This is clearly a Christmas tree in sweater form, but don't be surprised if people mistake you for the Grinch, too.
7. Decorate your chin sweater
If you'd rather make your face ugly than your torso, Beard Baubles, little ornaments you can hang on your facial hair, may be the best option for you. Apparently, it's all the rage now.
And for those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, check out where you can buy ugly Hanukkah sweaters here.
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