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Recycle Your Old Prom Dress

May 10, 2010

These days, it seems like everyone is recycling everything.  Why should your prom dress be any different?  Don’t shove it in a box in the attic— go ahead and do something useful with it.

  1. One of the simplest ways to recycle your prom dress is to give it to someone you know that might need it.  Perhaps you have a sister or a cousin that can use it in a year or two.  With some crafty alterations, any dress can have some longevity.  (Think Pretty in Pink!)
  2. If you don’t personally know someone that might be able to use the dress, you can always donate it to a charity.  That always offers up a warm, fuzzy feeling.
  3. The easiest way to alter the dress for you is to just shorten the length.  You can turn a gown into a cute tea-length dress that you can wear out for a night on the town.  You’ll definitely be one of a kind!
  4. If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can try turning the dress into some other pieces of clothing.  For example, you can turn the top of the dress into a tank or tube-top.  All you have to do is cut the dress off at the waist and hem the bottom to clean up any rough edges.
  5. The same thing goes for the bottom of the dress.  There’s nothing saying you can’t turn it into a skirt.  If your dress was more of a gown, you can always hem the skirt up a little bit for a more casual look.
  6. If you don’t want to wear it anymore, you can make some decorative throw pillows from the skirt.  That’s one way you can relive your prom night every night!
  7. Waste not, want not:  Any leftover fabric you have from your prom dress craft projects can always be used as cute hair accessories.

So don’t throw that magical evening into the closet.  Do something with the dress that you (or some other lucky girl) can enjoy after your prom night.

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