How to Make a Last-Minute DIY Christmas Tree Sweater For the Holidays

Slow Fashion Style
by Slow Fashion Style
5 Materials
1 Hour

It’s the most magical time of the year, and what better way to join in on the festive spirit than by wearing a DIY Christmas tree sweater! We all know that most Christmas sweaters are straight-out ugly, so beauty is not the aim of the game in this project.

I’m going to show you how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater in a sustainable way. Yes, it was a little challenging to create, but I think I did a fantastic job; just wait till you see the results. It's perfect for an ugly Christmas sweater party!

Tools and materials:

  • Red sweater
  • Pine tree branches
  • Round, orange pieces
  • Needle
  • Thread
Red sweater for the Christmas DIY

Placing pine branches onto the sweater

1. Sew on the branches

For the DIY ugly Christmas sweater materials, you’ll need a few pine tree branches. Lay them out on your sweater so that it mimics a cute little Christmas tree. Then, manually sew on the branches to your sweater using a needle and thread. 

Tip: If you want to get the job done faster, hand-sew the tips of the branches rather than the center. 

Adding dehydrated orange slices

2. Add oranges

Now I’m adding some oranges to my DIY Christmas tree sweater. I put a few slices in the oven until they got dehydrated. This also means my DIY ugly Christmas sweater also smells like Christmas, with scents of pine and orange! The oranges also resemble ornaments on the tree.

Make your own ugly Christmas sweater

Then, hand-sew each piece. You don’t need to sew the whole perimeter of the orange; all you need is to sew two large “X” stitches on either side of the orange to secure it in place. 

Make a last-minute ugly Christmas sweater

DIY Christmas tree sweater tutorial

Bam! You’ve got yourself a sustainable DIY Christmas tree sweater! Obviously, it will not last you until next Christmas, but it will be perfect for any ugly sweater events or even just a get-together with family and friends.

The best part about this tutorial is that it’s recycled goods, and everything was so inexpensive. Now you’ve got the ultimate inspiration on how to make a last-minute ugly Christmas sweater!

Suggested materials:
  • Red sweater
  • Pine tree branches
  • Round, orange pieces
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