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DIY Cactus Ugly Christmas Sweater

Last month I participated in  I Love to Create's "Sparkle Ugly Sweater" campaign and I created a nerdy Star Trek inspired Ugly Christmas Sweater.

While Taylor was in town we decided to make a couple of sweaters with Saguaro cacti on them. What's tackier than a gold blingy Christmas cactus?

Supplies: Thrifted Sweater, Fabric Paint, Dimensional Glitter Fabric Paint, Iron-on Transfer Glitter Sheets, Scissors, Paintbrush, Sharpie

1. I started by drawing out my saguaro cacti on the back of the iron on transfer sheets.

2. Then cut them out and arrange them on your sweater.

3. Iron the cacti down, following the directions on the package. It only takes about 40 seconds to iron.

4. Now take some dimensional glitter fabric paint and add tiny thorns onto your saguaros.

5. I didn't add spikes to my barrel cactus, instead I drew ridges and a flower on top.

6. Using a paint brush, apply white fabric paint in a fluffy line and a circle to you saguaro cactus for his santa hat.

7. Finish the santa hat by adding red dimensional glitter fabric paint in the shape of the hat. Let all the paint dry completely. The glitter paint can take a few hours to dry.

We forgot to take a photo of Taylor's sweater before she flew home to Arizona, but hers was even cuter (uglier?) than mine, with green cacti instead of gold!

I also created an "Ugly Christmas Shirt" to wear using Tulip/ILTC products- It's a Christmas Minion!

Are you wearing any ugly Christmas sweaters this year? What does yours look like?

This post is sponsored by I Love To Create. I received compensation in the form of free product, but I truly love the products!
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  1. This is such a cool idea -- thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the cactus sweater! I've never done an ugly sweater for Christmas, but I have a weird love for ugly PJs. I just bought myself some onesie jammies, and they are ugly and fabulous haha!

  3. This is an interesting idea. Thank you for sharing.Love


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