20 April 2010

Teen Attends Prom in Dress Made of Gum Wrappers

NY Daily News

Chew on this, DIY fashionistas: A high school junior from Iowa is going to prom in a dress she made from discarded chewing gum wrappers.

Elizabeth Rasmuson of Garner got the sticky idea after hearing about someone who made a prom dress out of duct tape, KIMT-TV reported.

Her boyfriend, Jordan Weaver, has a gum-wrapper vest to match.

"She bought a ton of gum and gave it out to friends and then would collect the wrappers back," Weaver said.

The dress is comprised of hundreds, if not thousands, of chewing gum wrappers - Rasmuson stopped counting after 200 - and is finished with a vinyl top coat to prevent breakage.

The gum of choice was Wrigley's 5 because she liked the colors, Rasmuson said. "We started collecting the specific colors at the very beginning of the year in August."

Now that the dress is finished, the budding designer says she's done with the gum wrapper medium for a while.

On the other hand, she said, Wrigley's "just came out with a new 5 gum, which is black, so I really want to."

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