Iowa Teen Makes Prom Dress From Gum WrappersApril 13th, 2010 - 9:05 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Apr 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A high school junior is all set to go to the prom. She even has her dress all picked out. Instead of trying to fit in with all of the other girls, she has decided to be quite unique. Her dress will be made entirely of gum wrappers.
Iowa Junior High School student Elizabeth Rasmuson and her boyfriend, Jordon Weaver have been saving gum wrappers and making prom outfits since last summer. Elizabeth came up with the plan and enlisted his support and help to make it a reality. “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 added that the idea came to her after she made a complete jacket out of gum wrappers last year. She decided that it would be fun to make a prom dress from gum wrappers as well. Elizabeth said, “we started collecting like the specific colors like at the very beginning of the year in August.”
As she worked on the dress, Weaver needed to work on his part of the outfit. Although the material is unique, they did choose to stay within the traditions of the prom, and make his vest match her dress. So Weaver began to make his vest from the gum wrappers as well.
They are not sure how many gum wrappers it took to complete the outfits, since she stopped counting after 200. She did not chew all of that gum by herself, thankfully, or she may have ended up with lockjaw! Weaver said, “she bought a ton of gum and gave it out to friends and then would collect the wrappers back.”
The dress was finished with a vinyl top coat, since the gum wrappers alone would have torn. Her mother loves the idea. Dawn Rasmuson said, “I think it’s really admirable for her I mean she’s a junior in high school and in today’s world a lot of the girls are worried about fitting in; they don’t want to stand out for wrong reason so it’s really cool and so unique. Although Elizabeth had initially said that she was not going to make anything else out of gum wrappers for a while, she may change her mind. Elizabeth said, “they just came out with a new “Five” gum which is black so I really want to..”
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