By Lilly Scott
The holiday season brings an array of traditions and festivities, and whether you are decking the halls, baking cookies or singing along to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,” an ugly holiday sweater is always a necessity. Getting crafty and channeling your inner Martha Stewart will add a personal touch.
Step One: Finding a Sweater
Finding the perfect sweater to destroy— I mean adorn—is surprisingly easy. Basically, anything will do. Check any cluttered closet for a forgotten sweater, because as we all know, if it has not been worn in the past year, it is not going to be worn any time soon.
Attics and storage bins are always great places to find your mom’s (ugly) sweaters from the 80s. So vintage! If your household has slim pickings, check out a thrift store for cheap options. Goodwill and Unique are always contenders, but for a more upscale thrift shopping experience, try Progress in Cranford.
Step Two: Materials
The key to any ugly sweater is the embellishments. The more the merrier. If it looks like a Christmas tree exploded on you, you have succeeded. Think glitter. Think gaudy. Think over the top and outside the box.
It’s easy to find materials in usual holiday decor. When it comes to being crafty and a little bit tacky, everything old is certainly new again. Burnt out holiday lights, tinsel, old ornaments and ribbons are always available this time of year.
Step Three: Putting it together
Hot glue guns are definitely the most effective form of adhesion, but a stapler and double-sided tape also work. The best part is that it only needs to stick until New Year’s Day.
So put on some holiday tunes, grab some candy canes and get crafting.