Get the kids in on the Ugly Christmas Sweater Trend

Hey Cuties,

We are sixteen days out from Christmas and the holiday preparations are still underway. Did you know that it was an official Ugly Christmas Sweater Day? Me either. It takes place on the third Friday of December. This year it is Friday, December 16th a week from today. In honor of such a day, I will be on Good Morning Washington on ABC7 – News Channel 8 giving tips on how to make your own DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater. I showed you an adult DIY, now I have a kid DIY for you.

Featured on Good Morning Washington, News Channel 8

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LittleCuteLips Ugly Christmas Sweater supplies

LittleCuteLips is not the type of kid to sit back and allow me to just create something for her. She is all about being involved in the creative direction; even if Mommy can handle it herself.  She had a vision and I made sure I executed it. This is a plain $5 sweatshirt, I already owned everything else. You can pick up items from the craft store, Dollar Stores and or craft areas in your favorite stores.

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Creating the gingerbread girl

She wanted a gingerbread theme so I showed her my idea. She told me what she liked and didn’t like, where she wanted it to go and everything. When I created a mini-me boy did I create a Mini-Mi.

I found a gingerbread man online and printed it out, cut it out then traced it on to a piece of felt.

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Bringing her to life.

Now it is time to bring your gingerbread to life.  I used a Sharpie to mark where I wanted things to go.

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Decorating the arms

These gingerbread were left over from LittleCuteLips Christmas favors. She wanted them in girl-boy order down each sleeve. They were sticky but I secured them with a hot glue gun.

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It is coming together.

I secured the large gingerbread with a hot glue gun.  I use the Sharpie guides I marked earlier to place the pom-poms and bows.

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After a final review with LittleCuteLips, I added additional gingerbread’s at the bottom.  I had leftover pom-poms so I added them to the collar.  She also wanted bells so I added them to the feet.  I traced over the Sharpie markers on the face with white puff paint.


LittleCuteLips Styled up and ready to go.

I added a second coat of puff paint on the face after this party.  The black Sharpie and white paint made silver. Two coats did the trip.

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MimiCuteLips & LittleCuteLips in our DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Get the kids in on the Ugly Christmas Sweater Trend

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Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Mara

    Omg !! This is too cute 😍😍😍😍 thanks fir sharing ! Most definitely gonna try this one year

  2. Kemkem

    My first thought was No.. Mimi, just no! Looking at her in the sweater though, my only thought is that it looks very l am afraid you failed 🙂 🙂

  3. Carissa

    How Cute!!! I love your creativity!!! And I love how you include the little one when making decisions!!

  4. Robin Masshole Mommy

    That’s too cute to be ugly 😉 I love the little gingerbread men you put on there. I think it came out awesome.

  5. Alli Smith

    This ugly sweater is simply adorable! I would love to watch you on Good Morning Washington! Congrats and I know you’ll do great.

  6. Zuqueta

    I love this!!! We hosted an ugly sweater party and just used ornaments😩 This looks like more fun and gives the kids input. Great project! Congrats on your feature on the news.

  7. Jeanette

    It is so funny that you mention this. Right now my kiddo is trying to find the ugliest sweater possible to give to my husband for Christmas. It would be kind of funny to give my kiddo the same gift.

  8. Stephanie Cooper

    This was so adorable! I definitely didn’t know that there is an ugly sweater day! I know now! I homeschool my children so this is definitely a project that we will have to try!

  9. candy

    I love what you did here with that shirt. I can do this and different ideas keep coming to mind. Love I found this and your directions are simple and easy.

  10. Sarah Bailey

    Oh my goodness that sweater is awesome, there is nothing like a great Christmas sweater! x

  11. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    This would be a fun activity to do! My daughter loves a good Christmas sweater. Just bought her a new one with an elf body on the sweater and her head is the elf’s head 🙂

  12. Bella

    I live for getting to wear all of my ugly Christmas sweaters! It is such a great way to celebrate the season and get excited for the events and parties.

  13. Lisa Favre

    I wanted to do ugly Christmas sweaters this year but they’re getting quite expensive at stores. Love the fact that you made yours!

  14. Dee

    Now, I wouldn’t call that an ugly Christmas sweater because it is too cute! I may have to do this with my kids and see what cute sweaters we can come up with for the family dinner.

  15. Maureen @Scoops of Joy

    Looks like so much fun to make this with the kids! Too bad it is way too hot and humid here in Indonesia for ugly sweater 😀

  16. Michelle

    I absolutely love this idea of making ugly Christmas sweaters with kids. I think the ones you made are super cute though!

  17. Cai Cansino

    Lol! I don’t find anything ugly with it at all! It actually looks cute and fun! = )

  18. Franc Ramon

    The gingerbread man looks really cute. It such a cool sweater for Christmas.

  19. ricci

    Ugly sweaters for the WIN!! I love that everyone is getting in on the tradition now, even kids!! I love your DIY kid sweater!!

  20. Chubskulit Rose

    You are terrific in creating fashion for your family. I wish I have the knack for that creativity.

  21. Sheri

    This is very cute and a creative idea to do with kids. We have an 18 month old and haven’t dressed him up in one of those Christmas sweaters…yet. The sweater turned out great!

  22. Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    I do not understand the ugly sweater craze, but this is super cute! My crafter/maker/artist would love this project.

  23. kendall

    What a fun idea! This sweater came out great – I love how cute it is! So creative and so fun! Love it!

  24. Lori Vachon

    I absolutely love Gingerbread people, this is an adorable creation. PS-More cute than ugly in my opinion, great job!

  25. Ty

    I have never done a ugly sweater but I am inspired. You are so crafty! I love it!!

  26. Kita Bryant

    This is such a cute idea! Plus, the kids can help with it!

  27. Kirstin Fuller

    These don’t really qualify as ugly sweaters cause they’re so cute! You make it look easy. Little Cute Lips looks adorable in hers too!

  28. Eva

    You are really working out these ugly christmas sweaters! I have to give one a try… Yours keep turning out so cute though 🙂

  29. Jennifer

    This is such a cute idea!! I love that this is affordable and very easy to make. My children would love to do a project like this. It definitely beats paying a lot of money at Target for an ugly Christmas sweater. They’re a bit overpriced, in my opinion!

  30. Holly

    But this isn’t ugly one bit. It is so cute!

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