DIY or Buy Your Ugly Christmas Sweater at Goodwill of Orange County

Get in the spirit and create your own ugly Christmas sweater. It’s simpler than you think. Start with a plain sweater which you can easily find one at one of the 22 Goodwill of Orange County stores, and we will show you how to win the prize for the ugliest sweater at the party.

You can also create DIY sweaters for the whole family and take a hilarious family photo.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters from OC Goodwill

For our project we used:

  • a big sweater (you can also use a sweater vest)
  • a hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • decorations such as garland, jingle bells, ornaments and bows

DIY Ugly Sweater Decorations Goodwill

You may already have many of these items, or check the decor section at a Goodwill of Orange County store.

Making the Ugly Christmas Sweater Goodwill

Here are the easy steps to follow:
  • Lay out your decorations before gluing them permanently
  • Cut the garland into strips starting with the longer pieces at the bottom and work upward until you form the shape of a Christmas tree
  • Hot glue the garland to the sweater.
  • Make a tree topper using bows and bells
  • Place some presents under the tree
 Decorating Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

We thought the finished product was tacky, gaudy and fabulous!

Finished Product Goodwill Christmas sweaterDid you know?

Goodwill of Orange County gathers ugly Christmas sweaters all year long for you to purchase.

Goodwill model

We found a willing model. Doesn’t this make you burst into a smile?

Placentia Goodwill ugly Christmas sweaters

Here is a selection of the ugly Christmas sweaters at the Placentia Goodwill store. Bring a little joy and laughter everywhere you go when you proudly wear your ugly Christmas sweater. Top it off with some antlers, a Santa hat or some jingly Christmas earrings and go all out!

You can also have fun making an ugly Christmas skirt or poncho from a tree skirt.

Feel good about shopping and supporting Goodwill! Your purchases and donations help support Goodwill’s programs and services which provide job and employment training to people with disabilities or barriers in Orange County.

Stop by for more budget-inspired ideas and follow along on Pinterest too!

We would love to share your DIY ugly Christmas sweater found at Goodwill or made from a Goodwill find. Tag your photo on social media with the hashtag #FindTheGood.

This project was created by Adrianna of More With Less Today.


  1. But is it machine washable?
    Maybe it is disposable?

  2. Hi Heather! I would not wash it. You can air dry it and spray it with a little Febreze if you need to. Don’t throw it away! Save it for next year, or of course donate it to Goodwill. Someone would love to wear it!

  3. This is too funny! Love the “resourcefulness” of it!

  4. […] Show up for Christmas dinner wearing an ugly Christmas sweater! Be the star of your family photos.  We made a very UGLY Christmas sweater and you can make one too! We recommend the Christmas tree design. See what we used and how quickly this came together over at the Goodwill of Orange County blog today. […]

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