Introduction: Recycled Dress

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

Materials Used:

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.


sean nikolai (author)2016-11-21

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

grammarbanshee (author)2016-02-25

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

madhuney (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!!

CrystalH4 (author)2015-05-03

Awesome! Will try to make soon :)

diva15 (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 thank you :)

Elavenil (author)2013-07-07

And may I know how you put it on? Thx

Elavenil (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

adawwington (author)2012-09-05

love it!

Maddioz (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? :)

lsophie (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!!!


Carmucha (author)2012-03-10

Love it. How were you able to put it on? please send instructions to

BriannaSchmall (author)2011-10-22

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dlynch martin (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 Thx

lilwitteck (author)2011-07-17

OMG this is soo cool can you pleaseee send me the pdf :D My email is Thanks!!

rpeñaranda-dungo (author)2011-07-14

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

kawaiipie (author)2011-04-23

Will you send me the PDF file?


Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :D

BriannaSchmall (author)kawaiipie2011-05-03

I just sent it to your email! ( :

invaderTINA (author)2011-05-03

heyy, could you send me the pdf please? love this!

Thanks! I just sent the PDF to your email!

CherryBow26 (author)2011-04-29

omg its LUSH!! can you send me the PDF plllleeasee e-mail is :
(: x

Thanks! I just sent it to your email!

bethanyschmall (author)2011-05-01

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

eilgonzalez (author)2011-04-13

I love your dress!!!!!! can you email me the PDF Please :S

Of Course! I'll send it right now!

kawaiipie (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

BriannaSchmall (author)kawaiipie2011-04-05

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! ( :

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

danibon (author)2011-04-05

can ANYONE email it to me please:):)

BriannaSchmall (author)danibon2011-04-05

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

danibon (author)2011-04-05

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

Laurpin (author)2011-03-17

<3 !!!!!

thechort (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! :)

BlueberryCrazy (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 :]

bellatrice (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)

oli_rdz (author)2011-03-13

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

prixprix (author)2011-03-13

Very cool!

njdjs (author)2011-03-13

Can you sit down in that dress?

bern229 (author)2011-03-10

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

scoochmaroo (author)2011-03-09

Awesome! How does it close?

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

PaleoPunk (author)2011-03-09

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

happyjo (author)2011-03-09

Wow! This is really awesome! :D

i_am_vindicated (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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