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Back in 2010, Elizabeth Rasmuson was in her junior year of high school and gearing up for the biggest night of the year: the prom. But instead of going the traditional route with her prom dress, the Iowa teen decided to take a major risk and put her reputation on the line. Rasmuson not only made her own prom gown, but she made it using nothing but chewing gum wrappers.
Her reasoning for making the dress was simple. She heard about someone who made a dress out of duct tape, and she also liked the colors of the Five gum brand. It was all Rasmuson needed to start collecting gum, handing it out to her friends and family, and keeping the wrappers for her ultimate creation. And not only did the determined teen spend hours on her own outfit, but she also made a special piece of clothing so her boyfriend would perfectly match.
A gum wrapper prom dress may sound strange at first, but trust me… the result is way more stunning than I imagined.
In 2010, a junior high school student in Iowa, Elizabeth Rasmuson, chose to make her own prom dress — and she did so using nothing but Five brand chewing gum wrappers.
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First, Rasmuson made a pattern for the dress, but she said the most time-consuming part of the process was flattening all of the wrappers and cutting off the ends.
She then used a combination of iron-on interfacing and quilting before topping the dress off with a vinyl finish to prevent cracking.
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“I heard about somebody making a dress out of duct tape or something one time so I just was like what’s something cool and I’ve always liked the colors of the ‘Five’ gum,” she told The Associated Press.
With the help of her boyfriend, Jordan, Rasmuson collected specific colors of the gum, doled it out to friends, and kept the wrappers in a safe place. The dress is comprised of so many wrappers that she lost track after 200.