You have to do this ugly Christmas sweater collage craft project with your kids! It is so much fun! This Christmas art project is sure to be a hit this holiday season!
Ok, you know we love a good collage art project. I didn’t think we would be able to top our gingerbread collage art project that we did last year, but my kids enjoyed this one just as much.
Since ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage right now, I thought this would be an awesome collage activity for the kids. No need to try to make a perfectly beautiful sweater. The uglier the better. 🙂
Benefits of this Christmas Sweater Collage
Just like all of the collage activities we do, this one is super simple to set up. It is also great for kids of all ages. Just don’t give small pieces to kids who still put things in their mouth!
I love collage art activities like this one and our decorate a snowflake art activity because they give kids total creative freedom. They can use the supplies in any way they want and sometimes they shock me with their creativity.
As always, collage activities like this are an excellent way for kids to develop fine motor skills too. Handling small pieces, squeezing glue bottles, cutting items and peeling sticker backs are all help young children strengthen small hand muscles and practice hand eye coordination.
Here are some more easy Christmas crafts to check out!
Making the Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft
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- Sweater template (link at the bottom of this post)
- Red cardstock – you could include green too
- Christmas craft pom poms
- Jingle bells
- Christmas stickers
You can find most of these items at your local dollar store.
I just sketched out a shirt and scanned it, so the template is not polished at all. But it will work if you want to save time or are as bad at drawing as I am and don’t think you can draw it yourself. 🙂
- Draw a sweater or trace the sweater template (at bottom of post) on red cardstock or red poster board. You can also just print the template directly on to the cardstock and then just cut the sweaters out.
- Put all of the supplies in a tray with separate compartments for easy access.
It’s as simple as that. Now this Christmas sweater collage activity is ready for the kids (and maybe you too) to enjoy!
Decorate an Ugly Christmas Sweater
Younger children don’t really understand the concept of an ugly Christmas sweater so we didn’t use that terminology. I just said they could decorate a Christmas sweater as crazy as they wanted to.
I let me kids decorate the sweater any way they want. There were no rules. The loved letting their creativity shine and were so proud of the way their sweaters turned out.
My 6-year-old son is often very planned when we do collage activities. He likes to envision his design and then carry it out. But with this collage activity he simply enjoyed being crazy and doing anything he wanted. I love that!
My 4-year-old daughter approached this Christmas collage the same way she does every other collage activity. She went crazy gluing things and totally loved it!
If you want the kids to have a blast while also creating art and developing fine motor skills, you have to try this!
Check these other collage Christmas crafts too!
Decorate a Popsicle Stick Snowflake from Fun-A-Day
Decorate a Wreath Craft from Mama.Papa.Bubba
Decorate a Star from Toddler Approved