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DIY Tacky Christmas Sweaters

Happy Monday, Embarquers!

I hope you all had a restful weekend, and a wonderful last night of Hanukkah (to all of my Jewish friends).

This weekend I was invited to a Tacky Christmas Sweater themed party (which seem to be incredibly popular these past few years) and didn’t have a sweater to wear. I looked in stores and they’re ~$30 (way too much for a one-time sweater). I decided to make on own sweater for less than 10 dollars. Feel free to create any tacky christmas sweater your heart desires, but if you’re more of a, ‘Follow exact instructions,‘ kind-of-person, then follow along below.


  • Old Sweater (you never wear and planned on donating)
  • Sparkly Pipe Cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks



1.) Start by bending your green pipe cleaner at ~90 degree angles for the outline of the Christmas tree. Lay the pipe cleaners on the shirt and secure with hot glue. (Note: Your tree doesn’t have to look perfect-the kookier, the better for this project)


2.) Continue bending the pipe cleaners to fill in the green space, and secure with hot glue


3.) Lay out the tinsel on your tree, and secure


4.) Continue bending and laying out the cleaners to fill in the blank space within the lines of the tree


5.) Add decorative balls to the tree by bending the wire and cutting (I know they look like rods, but it works)

6.) Glue to your sweater


7. Add on some decorative touches (I put on some snowflakes). Feel free to get silly with your decorations, add on poms, bells, tinsel, etc…


This would also be an awesome intimate gathering to do with your friends the night before a party. Add in some cider (posted last Monday), and you’re good to go!

Have fun!


With Love,


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