Introduction: Recycled Dress

This dress is made completely out of recycled materials. Although it's a bit time consuming, it's absolutely FREE!

Materials Used:

Top:
- Newspaper
- Glossy Mod Podge (you can get this at walmart, hobby lobby or you can make it yourself)

Cut out the frame of the top from newspaper. Begin to decoupage newspaper on top of that to thicken up the base. once the base is thick enough, cut strips of colorful newspaper and decoupage them onto the base of the top.

Skirt:
- Magazines
- Various types of cardboard boxes from food products

Collect a bunch of recycled cardboard from your recycling bin (cereal boxes, granola bar boxes etc.), over lap them in a curved shape and begin to hot glue them together. (Don't worry about how they look, they will be covered up by the magazines) Since I was fitting this to my own body I had to continually check for the fitting, but if you have a mannequin, it would probably be a lot easier.

Next get a bunch of old magazines, rip out bright colored ads and cut A TON of pedal shapes. (These can vary in size, I cut mine about 5-6" at the widest part of the pedal, but no need to get out a tape measure for this) The pedals are then folded like a fan to give the dress some dimension.

Once all the pedals are done, put a line of hot clue at just the top of the pedal. Line the pedals side by side in a row onto the cardboard. For the next line of pedals, the top of the pedal (where the line of hot clue is) will be placed about 3" underneath the pedal from the previous row. This way, you won't be able to see how it is glued on. Continue to do this row by row.

Belt:
- braided strips of plastic grocery bags

Cut any kind of grocery bag into long strips. Tie three strips together at the top and begin braiding. Do this three separate times. Once you have three sets of braids, you can hot glue them together to make them thicker.

The belt is then hot glued to the top of the skirt to hide the top of the first row of magazine pedals.

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sean+nikolai made it!(author)2016-11-21

can you teach me with pictures please?it would be a big help for my project

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grammarbanshee made it!(author)2016-02-25

pedal shape or petal shape? A picture of your pattern would help clear this up for me. Thanks

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madhuney made it!(author)2016-02-05

HI, I REALLY LOVE UR IDEA!! Can you send me the step by step and clear instructions and how you wore it and things like that by email!! IT WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED!!

madhuprati15@gmail.com

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CrystalH4 made it!(author)2015-05-03

Awesome! Will try to make soon :)

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diva15 made it!(author)2014-12-20

Can you please tell me how you were able to put it on and semd me the instruction on how you put it all together.. my email is diva_krs@hotmail.com thank you :)

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Elavenil made it!(author)2013-07-07

And may I know how you put it on? Thx

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Elavenil made it!(author)2013-07-07

Could you send me the instructions for this dress? Our class is supposed to make a costume with recycled materials and I thought I could suggest your idea. My email addresses is elavenil.saravanan@yahoo.com
Thx:)

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adawwington made it!(author)2012-09-05

love it!

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Maddioz made it!(author)2012-08-14

Love this dress I'm trying to make a project like this in my art class, would you mind sending me the instructions how to make it? :) madeleine-kate@hotmail.com

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lsophie made it!(author)2012-05-04

This is such an awesome dress!! Could you send me PDF too??? I want to make it for a wedding!! How do you put it on?!

Thanks so much!!!

Leonorasophie@gmail.com

:)

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Carmucha made it!(author)2012-03-10

Love it. How were you able to put it on? please send instructions to cmhoff62@yahoo.com

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-10-22

For updates on some of my other work, you can visit my portfolio site: http://www.behance.net/Briannaschmall/frame

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dlynch+martin made it!(author)2011-10-04

This is really awesome. My daughter is doing a fashion show. Can you please send us instructions on how to make it. This is a 1st place winner. Please send to jmdm28@comcast.net. Thx

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lilwitteck made it!(author)2011-07-17

OMG this is soo cool can you pleaseee send me the pdf :D My email is lilwitteck597@aol.com Thanks!!

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rpe%C3%B1aranda-dungo made it!(author)2011-07-14

Hi! is your dress for rent? Can i have your contact number please? thanks.

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kawaiipie made it!(author)2011-04-23

Will you send me the PDF file?

email: inez@stuven.dk


Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :D

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-05-03

I just sent it to your email! ( :

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invaderTINA made it!(author)2011-05-03

heyy, could you send me the pdf please? love this!
tinaaaaa.ox@hotmail.com

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-05-03

Thanks! I just sent the PDF to your email!

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CherryBow26 made it!(author)2011-04-29

omg its LUSH!! can you send me the PDF plllleeasee e-mail is : xoxwikyxox@hotmail.co.uk
(: x

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-05-03

Thanks! I just sent it to your email!

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bethanyschmall made it!(author)2011-05-01

Brie, I'm so proud of you!!! your recycled clothes are awesome! what a great artist you are :)

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eilgonzalez made it!(author)2011-04-13

I love your dress!!!!!! can you email me the PDF Please :S
eileen-gonzalez@hotmail.com

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-04-13

Of Course! I'll send it right now!

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kawaiipie made it!(author)2011-03-10

OMG i love it will you please make a video or slideshow on how to make it I WANT IT SOOOoooo BAD

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-04-05

hey! glad you like the dress. I'm in my last semester of my senior year of college so I can't say I'll have time to make a video right away. But if you can give me some time, I can probably make a video with more in depth instruction this summer! ( :

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shirlytemplewithcherryspleez made it!(author)2011-03-13

yessssss!!!!please make a vid!!i loveeeeeee this idea, i wanna try and make this dress cuz it just so kawaii!!

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danibon made it!(author)2011-04-05

can ANYONE email it to me please:):)

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-04-05

so glad you like it. I'll send you the pdf right now! ( :

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danibon made it!(author)2011-04-05

can you email me the PDF please because im making it for my personal chose project at school :):) Danibon@hotmail.co.uk---I really want to make this dress it is gorgeous can you send it to me before the 8th please :D:D

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Laurpin made it!(author)2011-03-17

<3 !!!!!

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thechort made it!(author)2011-03-14

What a Star you are bdesigns! Gorgeous work!!! Nice touch with the braided belt.
For those wanting to make this, I saw another Instructable a while ago by prixprix called "Sew a Newspaper Dress". Maybe you could use some of the same principles to make this #1 oufit! :)

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BlueberryCrazy made it!(author)2011-03-13

This is so funky and colorful!! I'd love to try make one but don't know if I could pull off wearing it :]

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bellatrice made it!(author)2011-03-13

OMG....... definitely a designer dress!
Today I was thinking about paper shoes, but after such a piece of art.... well, me thinks I do need some further training...;o)

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oli_rdz made it!(author)2011-03-13

This is great!! but can you show the steps of how you got attached the skirt!? Pleasee is AWESOME

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prixprix made it!(author)2011-03-13

Very cool!

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njdjs made it!(author)2011-03-13

Can you sit down in that dress?

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bern229 made it!(author)2011-03-10

Love, Love, Love!!! Very Cute and creative!!

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2011-03-09

Awesome! How does it close?

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BriannaSchmall made it!(author)2011-03-09

thanks! the skirt overlaps in the back and the belt safety pins the skirt together.

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PaleoPunk made it!(author)2011-03-09

That's really cool. Where does one wear such a dress?

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happyjo made it!(author)2011-03-09

Wow! This is really awesome! :D

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i_am_vindicated made it!(author)2011-03-09

That's so cute :D i love making recycled things and this is so pretty, the belt especially :)

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