It takes a lot of skill to turn garbage into treasure. A teen designer showed her passion for fashion and recycling when she showed up to her high school prom in a unique dress made out of gum wrappers. The teen, Elizabeth Rasmuson, of Garner, Iowa used possibly thousands of wrappers from Wrigley’s, “5” gum to create the dress, according to the NY Daily News.
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She chose to use Wrigley’s “5” gum because she liked the aqua, teal and silver colors that the wrappers came in. After she completed making the dress, Rasmuson covered it with a protective vinyl coating to stop breakage. Rasmuson said she stopped counting the number of wrappers she used after the 200th one, the NY Daily News reported.

Rasmuson said she got the idea after hearing about people using duct tape to make clothing such as prom dresses. Rasmuson also created a matching vest for her boyfriend Jordan Weaver to wear when he accompanied her to the prom. Rasmuson was able to collect most of her wrappers thanks to her friends.

"[Elizabeth] bought a ton of gum and gave it out to friends and then would collect the wrappers back," Weaver said according to a video report from the Associated Press.


Watch coverage of the story in the Associated Press video below.