UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER DIY 2013 (Tipping the Ladder)

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Woohoo! Made the top 12 again this year.

Check out my video and the other finalists and let me know what you think....


Last year I assembled my first Ugly Christmas Sweater entitled "Stuck in the Chimney". My love for building costumes around Halloween, slightly spilled into the festive season. My efforts in 2012 won me $5000 cash in a local radio contest.

This year, I'm at it again with a totally new concept, one that I hope will help me defend my UGLY SWEATER title.

I've been sitting on this concept for some time, and I have been gathering supplies for a couple of  weeks. Most of the materials for this project are thrift store finds or dollar store purchases. The budget is extremely low compared to Halloween, and the potential reward is higher than any of the costume contests I've entered. Yee hah!

If you're planning a build like this, get to your local thrift store before Halloween is over. You wouldn't believe how fast all of the Christmas stuff disappears after November 1st.

My sweater this year is called "Tipping the Ladder". Everyone has experience that moment when you try to cap the crown of the tree with that final adornment, and it's just out of your reach. This sweater is and ode to that moment in your Christmas past or your Christmas future. Careful..............

T'was the night before Christmas
And stuck in a tree
Was a man with a glue gun
And too much time that was free

His intentions were good
But ugly seemed to be better
And when the glue dried
That tree was a sweater

Atop of the Ladder
After leaping the train
Santa reached with a star
And failed to regain

His balance was skewed
And what could be badder?
Than Jolly Saint Nick
Tipping the Ladder

Update Dec 22nd 2013

The winner is......

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bajablue9 months ago


roballoba9 months ago
not ugly. awesome. it must be hard to keep the train running after a few eggnogtinis... voted!
scooter769 months ago
Epic. Voted.
kyluddy10 months ago
You have my vote for sure! It looks awesome!
Mr. Noack (author)  kyluddy10 months ago
DeandrasCrafts10 months ago
Very, very cool. And actually, not ugly in my opinion. Just saying....
Mr. Noack (author)  DeandrasCrafts10 months ago
Thanks so much! It's funny that I try to win Ugly sweater contests and people don't find it ugly! I'll take the compliment.
HollyMann10 months ago
WOW! Great job - quite extreme!
Mr. Noack (author)  HollyMann10 months ago
Thanks Holly!
zieak10 months ago
Excellent build! I agree, a true abomination of a Christmas sweater must be built. And you have really done an excellent job with this one!
Mr. Noack (author)  zieak10 months ago
Thanks!! I'm glad you agree!
TimsProjects10 months ago
To bad I JUST went to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party! I wish I would have seen this.
doodlecraft10 months ago
I love it--got my vote! Good luck in the contest!
handreea t10 months ago
awesome ugly sweater is like the masterpiece of the ugly sweaters . good luck :)
BrittLiv10 months ago
I don't think it is ugly. I think it is extremely awesome. Good luck in the contest. I can see why you suggested it.
Mr. Noack (author)  BrittLiv10 months ago
Dominic Bender10 months ago
This is just cute, cute awesomeness. Thanks for sharing!
Teisha10 months ago
Great job, Mr. Noack! I was going to enter this contest, but now I feel truly daunted :) Well done!
marcellahella10 months ago
It is ugly!!! But is also pretty funny!
Mr. Noack (author)  marcellahella10 months ago
Thanks! Mission accomplished.
jessyratfink10 months ago
10/10. The cat lady sweater I'm making can't compare to this, ha!
Mr. Noack (author)  jessyratfink10 months ago
I'm sure it will at least be a 9.9/10 then. Can't wait to see it!